I had this Cuisinart waffle maker model WMB 4 for a few years. I don't see the light lid up whenever I connect to the wall out let as it usually does in the past. I opened the bottom to check on the heating elements, it look fine. I could not open the control box on the top where it has two lights red and green.
I would appreciate you assistant.
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Re: Power light does lid up when connect
Most appliances that work with heat, are equipped with a thermal fuse so if the thermostat fails, the fuse opens and prevents a fire. Unfortunately, the thermal fuses are more unreliable than the devices they 'protect' and are exceedingly difficult to find.Since yours is a widely known brand, you might try their website.
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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
You can write down the brand and model # of the appliance then go on-line and search " your brand, model # and replacement parts. You may have to change up the wording a couple times to get to a site you want. Once you have found the model number and part you need you can usually order it on-line and have it shipped to your home.
Normally you mix oil in with the batter, but this doesn't keep the waffles from sticking. Even non-stick waffle makers stick some. Use a light spray of Pam (or similar) on the bottom tray, add your batter than spray the top pan and close. This gives you your best shot at a perfect waffle! Enjoy!
When light is off, pour (aprox) 1/4 cup batter on each of the 2 (of the 4) waffle panels on the bottom surface. Close lid; then, per manual, wait about 90 seconds. The light may flicker on/off while baking but disregard. You may experiment with different times by observing "steam" from coming out of baking area. Remove waffles with a plastic spatula (as knives may scratch the non stick coating)
When cleaning, power unit off.. Do not immerse unit in water. Wipe down with a soapy/damp cloth.
I tried using non stick spray and it seemed to make them "soggy"; it also required up to 2 mins (used a "sand timer") then flipped waffles, then another 2mins..
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.