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Toaster broken??? The toaster lift lever of my toaster will not stay down. Is the spring broken? How can I fix this?

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Re: Toaster broken???

These toaster has to be pluged in so that the lift lever could stay down.

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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. :- )

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