Has anyone ever dealt with this smell inside their house? I came home to this smell after only being away from the house about an hour. I hadn't cooked anything all day. The smell was coming from my kitchen, so I checked my plugged in appliances, inside the dishwasher, stove, microwave, underneath the sink - nothing. It was limited to my kitchen. After checking around the rest of the house, I finally gave in and called the fire department because I didn't want to deal with the smoke detectors or security system later.
The first question they asked after I explained the situation was if I had turned on my heat/furnace today to which I answered no because our a/c was actually still coming on upstairs in the afternoon. So they sent a unit out.
They immediately determined there wasn't any smoke and that it wasn't smoke related and one likened the smell to Subway and the other to something spoiled or dead. I explained that we had had leaky plumbing problem in the bathroom above and the ceiling had been patched recently but that I was about to call in a work order with the builders to take care of the wall in the bathroom that had had the problem before our 1 year warranty, which is coming up. I also mentioned that our neighbor had just had their 1 year warranty inspection and the inspector had found standing water under their house. Anyway, the firefighters were great went in the lowcrawl space for nothing - didn't find any moisture or anything dead! Just sorry they had to come out for something that turned out to be non-firerelated.
When I googled the burnt toast smell I found some interesting descriptions on metafilter from some people that lived in an industrial area in LA. It's amazing how perception of smell differs. I think that's why it's so hard to find information about it on google. Anyway here are some of the examples: hotdog water, skunks, whiskey distillery, coffee roasting, a cross between toast and puke, hot metal, welding, compost.
Sorry this was so long. This has been driving me crazy. I'm not even sure how to bring it up to the builders, since smell is kind of relative and can kind of come and go. Will they just think I'm crazy?!