Question about Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice Toaster

2 Answers

Lever won't stay down Breville CT20

Toaster will only work if the lever is held down manually. have removed the printed circuit board (no problems obvious to the naked eye), does not appear that crumbs have caused the problem. electrical contacts that engage when lever down are conducting properly. Presume PCB is the problem but don't know which component(s). thanks.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Peter Robinson Apr 01, 2006

    On the PCB there is a black rectangular 14 pin chip (right hand side in photo) which is a programmable timer. There is a small metal plate attached to the slide. When you push the lever down, the slide is held down by an electro-magnet (copper coil covered with blue insulating tape in photo top right) which attracts and holds this metal plate. The solder holding the two terminals of this electro-magnet to the PCB was fractured in a circular fashion both sides. I re-soldered the joints but this did not fix the problem. I don't really have the skills yet to test the timer chip and other components on the PCB. Maybe time to do an introductory electronics course.

  • Peter Robinson Apr 04, 2006

    with power supplied to the PCB, I rotated the actuator about 45 degrees (as looking at photo) to close the circuit so that the toaster is producing heat in the elements. under these conditions, there was no voltage across the two terminals of the elctro-magnet i.e. I think it's not being energized to hold the slide down.

  • Peter Robinson Apr 04, 2006

    the 45 degree rotation in the above comment is in an anti-clockwise direction (as looking at photo).



2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 10 Answers

I had a few shots at this. Taking it to bits was hard case. I didn't know it had a crumb tray until I went looking for the last 2 screws holding the base on.
First I cleaned everything that moves, then thought it was the slider handle bottoming out, so I enlongated the slot a bit. Next I burnished all the contactors I could find.. limited success.. lastly I did as has been suggested, I resoldered the circuit board connections on the solenoid that holds the toast carriage down.. 100% success, works perfectly.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 277 Answers

Hi sounds like the problem is the holding down mechanizem clean the toaster well find that spring which caches the lever down you can find it on the external lever side pretty small and simple thing when you push down the external lever the spring kick a little lever which holds the slide in place for heatup only when you will hear a "click" then you'll know its in place and then the electric cicuit will be close and engage the coils to heatup good luck

Posted on Mar 30, 2006


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Toaster wont stay down

Just fixed my Breville CT20. Cleaned the contacts, there were no impeding crumbs so I tested again and still wouldn't stay locked. I finally replaced the 470uf 16v capacitor on the control board just below the electromagnet and wow, works like a brand new toaster! I got lucky, saving bits and pieces of old circuits sometimes pays off.

Jan 12, 2015 | Breville Vtt002 Polished Stainless Steel 4...

1 Answer

Tthe lever on my Braun HT 600 toaster won't stay down. 3 years old, but very moderate use. Ideas?

Be sure to unplug toaster first. While inverting your toaster, depress the toaster lever(s) and shake toaster to clear all bread crumbs. It can take up to several minutes of shaking to clear them completely, however, the key is to depress the toaster levers down at the same time. Also, remember to remove bread crumb trays and empty regularly, as the trays are too shallow and allow crumbs to build up quickly, thereby blocking the "locking mechanism" of the lever(s).

If after cleaning your toaster out thoroughly, the levers still won't remain depressed, try various outlets throughout your kitchen. Oftentimes, when one GFI (Ground Fault Indicator) trips, several outlets along the same circuit will also trip.

Also, there is a website called, which has a very good database of many manuals for various manufacturers and models of toasters, should all of the above efforts fail.

I did all of the above and fixed my toaster within five minutes. :- )

Good luck to you.


Jul 28, 2011 | Braun HT600 2-Slice Toaster

1 Answer

The left side of the toaster does not stay engaged...if I hold it down it heats up but it doesn't stay down doesn't catch.

There are two printed circuit boards inside front of toaster - One PC board for each side. The circuit board on the side that won't latch down in the "toasting" position , is defective. Now, does anyone have access to a schematic for this toaster?

Jul 02, 2011 | Cuisinart CMT-400 Cast Metal 4-Slice...

1 Answer

Lever on toaster will not stay down

For what it might cost to fix it buy a better brand of toaster for about 10% of the cost of this horrible brand.
You'll notice their new ones are "smart" toasters with NO LEVER. You push a button and the electronics takes care of the rest (and blow up quickly.)
$15 to $25 at Walmart.. instead of $100 to $200.

Dec 13, 2017 | Breville Kitchen Appliances - Others

2 Answers

Removing bottom cover to access fuse etc - toaster not working

Hi.. the screws on mine are pozidrive (plus sign shaped slots).. what do yours look like?
What's your toaster problem?

Dec 02, 2008 | Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice...

1 Answer

Lever will not stay down on Krups 155 ToastControl Compact

No promises, but I had a similar problem with a Breville Clasic. Toasters these days use a solenoid (electromagnet) to hold down the toast carriage. This solenoid is usually soldered to the circuit board, and is reasonably big, i.e. 1/3 a cigarette pack.. on mine, because of repeated impact when the carriage is pushed down, one solder connection developed a haiirline fracture. This meant that most of the time it wouldn't stay down. I resoldered the connections and all ok.

Oct 02, 2008 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

4 Answers

Toaster won't stay down but does heat

I had the same problem. I opened up the toaster and found that the electromagnet that holds the plastic clip to keep the toaster down had a tiny crumb between the magnet and the metal plate. I cleaned the magnet and it is working fine again. We spent 6 months burning toast by holding it down with a chopstick wedged between the lever and finally took a shot before I went to buy a new one. Took me all of 15 minutes.

Jul 08, 2008 | Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice...

2 Answers

Breville classique toaster

Just fixed my Breville CT20. Cleaned the contacts, there were no impeding crumbs so I tested again and still wouldn't stay locked. I finally replaced the 470uf 16v capacitor on the control board just below the electromagnet and wow, works like a brand new toaster! I got lucky, saving bits and pieces of old circuits sometimes pays off.

May 12, 2008 | Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice...

1 Answer

Broken plastic sliding lug

Please send a picture, I cannot tell were it goes unless I know what it looks like, your discription is very discriptive, but please send a picture to the following e-mail address:

Dec 01, 2007 | Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice...

9 Answers

Lever on taoster will not stay down

Black & Decker T4050 OptiToast 4-Slice and it will not stay down and heat either. However you can hold it down and then it will heat. I apparently has an electromagnet that is supposed to hold it down and it's not working. Any Suggestions?

Oct 30, 2007 | Cuisinart CPT-140 Cool Touch 4-Slice...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Breville CT20 Retro Classic 2-Slice Toaster Logo

1,038 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Breville Kitchen Appliances - Others Experts

Angel Joseph Jr.
Angel Joseph Jr.

Level 2 Expert

683 Answers

Jerry Greenberg
Jerry Greenberg

Level 3 Expert

1689 Answers

bengsoon Neo

Level 2 Expert

63 Answers

Are you a Breville Kitchen Appliances - Other Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides