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Heating problem My grill seems to work fine until the lid is closed,then it seems to lose heat as if it has been turned off.Any ideas welcome.Will save buying a new one as this one is only just over a year old.thanks.

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Having the same problem as pmac re george foreman grill. The wire twists every time the lid is moved. Seems like a design fault. Buying new is tempting but what assurance same will not happen?.Encouraging the throw away society. Good for george foreman but not for the environment.

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Sounds like the lid shorts the power or shuts it off, see if you can spot any faulty wiring. If you can't, you might try getting it to an electrician who should be able to solve it - but for $40 you could just as well get a new one.

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