I have used this waffle iron with great success for almost a decade. I have two problems: 1. the handle for the lid is quite loose (the problem is getting critical, as I am concerned that the handle will fall off); and 2. it appears that the lid is no longer heating or is not heating consistently. The heating problem just started in the past week. As the unit heats up, with out batter, the lid seems to get sufficiently warm to make decent waffles, but with repeated use, the tops of the waffles are undercooked. I checked the wiring underneath and everything is clean and intact. I cannot figure out how to open the top to tighten the screws and check the wire connections. There appears to be a slot for a screwdriver, but this does not allow the iron to disconnect from the cover. Suggestions?
The screw that holds the metal cover to the grid is hidden under the black Cuisinart piece on the top. There are 4 ears which lock it down. I'm not sure the best way to get them open, as I broke mine opening it. Looks like if you take a metal putty knife, and push toward the hinge from the handle, at the end of the radius at each side, it may pop off for you. The other two are about 3/4" off the back of the piece, and should get out of the way as you lift the front.
Now, does anyone know where to get a replacement black cuisinart piece?
Proceed at your own risk, this information is worth what you paid for it, and I broke mine in the process.
I figured out how to take the top off with out breaking anything. Use a small screwdriver to take the black piece on the top by pushing the tabs in the back of the piece. You can reach these two tabs through the hinge. If you open the lid half way, you can actually see the tabs through an opening where the hinge is.
Open the waffle iron so the top and bottom form a 90* angle. This gives you greater access to the tabs. Insert the screwdriver into the hinge hole at a 45* angle keeping the blade flat and in contact with the metal cover. As described above, the tab should be 3/4 in. from the rear of the black plastic cover. Feel around and gently push the tab until that side comes up. Repeat for the other side. When both of the rear tabs are released the entire cover can slide to the rear releasing the front tabs. You'll see the screw holding down the metal cover.
Alternately, drill a hole in the plastic cover centered laterally and 1/2" from the front edge of the plastic cover. Be careful to only penetrate the plastic piece. This will give you access to the screw without removing the cover although you'll be left with a hole in the plastic cover.
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You need to spray oil on the waffle iron top and bottom before you put the batter in so it doesn't stick.
When it's cooked (steam mostly stops coming out), just lift the top off, and use a fork to lift your waffle out.
In my opinion, the best waffle irons are the vintage ones made here in the USA. They are more durable and more reliable than anything made in China today. Look up the older Sunbeam, Toastmaster, Kenmore and G.E. models and you can usually find either round, square or rectangular versions, as well as models with and without non-stick coatings. The years from late 50's to the late 70's are best.
It's most likely not the coil that's the problem, probably a thermal fuse. Unfortunately, these Made in China waffle makers do not last and are basically disposable after a few short years. Better off replacing it with a good quality, vintage 'Made in USA' Sunbeam waffle iron. You can find good deals online on eBay and Amazon.
Buy a new waffle maker. I have the same problem. Got by with one broken hinge for a few years, but now the 2nd is broken. Called the company & there are no replacement parts available (looks like the hinge was a common problem). After looking around online, I'm not able to track anything down. I've personally narrowed my choices down to: The Caphalon No Peek Round Waffle Maker Proctor-Silex 26500Y Belgian Waffle Maker Black & Decker Chrome Belgian Waffle Maker WMB505 Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
Determine what type of cooking you'll be doing. If you're planning on preparing one waffle at a time, for example, then the smallest model of waffle iron will be the best fit for you. On the other hand, if you plan on frequent entertaining, or if you have a larger family, you'll probably want to choose a deluxe model. 2
Decide on the type of waffle maker that you'd like to own. There are a number of these available, ranging from simple differences---round versus square, for example. Some feature removable cooking elements that can be replaced with others, such as grilled sandwich attachments.
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Take the varying grades of quality available in waffle makers into account when choosing one. This point may seem obvious---choose the highest quality waffle iron, right? Not necessarily. If you plan to use your waffle maker on rare occasions, say, once every couple of months, then you won't need the highest quality available. Waffle making several times monthly, however, will warrant a sturdier model with thicker non-stick coating applications applied to the cooking elements. 4
Consider the cleanup aspects of each waffle iron that you're comparing. Some waffle irons feature removable cooking elements; this is a tremendous benefit when cleanup time comes around, as it is much easier to clean the grill elements separately than attached to the entire waffle iron. 5
Take brand into account when making a decision. Brands with a reputation for high quality are usually more expensive than lesser-known labels. However, this doesn't mean that an "unknown" brand can't produce a good product. When taking this aspect into consideration keep in mind the requirements that you need and purchase a waffle iron accordingly. Additionally, many celebrity chefs have endorsed cooking products---including waffle irons---which adds a little more cost to the product. Finding the company's non-endorsed model of waffle iron will mean the same quality at less cost.
Never clean a waffle maker while it's still hot. Let it cool completely.
Never dunk your entire waffle maker in water.
Never use scouring pads, steel wool or abrasive cleansers.
Never use a knife or pointed object to clean your waffle maker(I've actually seen that advised on less reputable sites).
When it comes to cleaning a waffle maker, your first source of information should always be the owner's manual. There are many different kinds of waffle makers, so your buddy Mr Breakfast will gladly defer his expertise to the company that makes your waffle maker.
What I can speak about is my own favorite waffle iron. It's a modern electric waffle iron with non-stick and non-removable baking plates. That's the same kind you have? Oh good. It looks like you came to the right guy.
Cleaning the baking plates:
Remove any small puddles of oil with a dry paper towel.
Brush away any crumbs with a soft-bristled kitchen brush or old toothbrush.
Remove any batter stuck to the iron with a rubber spatula.
To remove really-stuck-on batter, douse the baked-on batter with cooking oil. Wait 5 minutes for the batter to soften. Dab the batter off with a paper towel or cloth.
To prevent staining and long-term oil build up, wipe down the baking plates with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Make sure the waffle iron is completely dry before storing.
To clean the exterior, wipe down the housing and handle with a damp cloth.
Keeping it clean:
There are a couple things to remember to make sure our kind of waffle maker stays clean.
Unless stated otherwise in the manufacturer's instructions, you should never coat the baking plates of a non-stick waffle iron with cooking spray. Over time that will give you a gummy build up that will turn your waffle maker to junk. Today, when a waffle maker makes the claim that it's non-stick, they really mean it. The only oil you need is the oil in the recipe. If your waffles are sticking, it's your batter that needs more oil, not your waffle maker.
Unless stated otherwise in the manufacturer's instructions, don't use soap to clean your baking plates. Soap can be the enemy of a non-stick surface. Oil - on the other hand - can be a great friend. It creates a thin layer that helps maintain the non-stick surface. Soap will completely obliterate that layer of friendly oil. Harsh soaps can deteriorate the manufacturer's non-stick surface over time.
To tighten the screws on the handle, you have to take the top off. To do this, you have to take the black top piece off, and then you can reach the screw that holds the aluminum top. To remove the black top, use a small screwdriver to push the tabs that hold the top on. You can reach these tabs by opening the lid about half way, and going through a hole that is created by the hinge.