Question about Oster 5838 ExpressBake Bread Maker

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Shorting out about 2 hours into a 3 hour breadmaking cycle the machine is shorting out -- upon inspection of the coil -- i see 2 spots on the coil that are making burn marks on the inside casing --- I probably need a new coil -- is it worth the replacement of the coil? and if so, where would I get one to fit -- I have looked for parts and only see belts and paddle replacements

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  • m606walsh Jan 28, 2009

    thank you for the suggestions , the pan had some burn marks that went thru the surface so I have ordered a new Breadmaker and will use the old one for parts --- thank you for a complete and thorough answer -- it was greatly appreciated.


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Hello m606walsh,

From what you've said, it sounds like the coil is expanding due to heat (or perhaps other stresses, can't tell without looking) and getting too close to the inside case, resulting in scorch marks.

You may not need a new coil - - try adjusting the one you have so it's not so close to the case. Since you didn't say so, I'm presuming that the case isn't so badly scorched that it needs replacement as well.

I'm not finding a heat coil in my usual list of spare-parts sources either, so finding genuine OEM parts may not be an option, but here are the three possible fixes that seem reasonable.

1) Contact Oster - - the Breadmaker 800# is 800-438-0935 - - and ask about their recommendations for parts or repair. They will likely not want you doing electrical repairs yourself, and will probably refer you to a service center.

Here's the URL for their Service Center Finder page:

2) Consider buying either
- a used machine for parts (I'd start by hunting on eBay or other online auction sites like
- a new machine and use your old one for parts (aka cannibalism).
I've used this strategy on both cars and computers - - often makes more sense than trying to hunt a spare part when you need it.

3) (I don't really recommend this unless you want to make this a hobby/quest) Pull the part and start visiting local appliance repair shops to see if it's an "off-the-shelf" standard OEM part. This can easily take more time than it's worth - - new breadmakers of this model are going for ~$70-$80 (plus shipping) on eBay and other online sources.

If I can be of further assistance, let me know.

If this solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

Thanks in-advance for using,


Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • Jon Stignani
    Jon Stignani Feb 07, 2009

    If you wouldn't mind, what I should have included in my "complete and thorough answer" to have earned a "FixYa" rating? "Thanks for trying" is for when I offer advice that didn't really cut it (which I try to avoid doing).

    I don't want to seem snobby or ungrateful; rather, my goal with each solution I provide is to earn that rating, and I care if my solution was in some way deficient.

    FYI - to maintain my "Expert" rating with, I'm expected to
    provide at least 30 free fixes monthly, and keep an adequate percentage
    of satisfied responses - - I need to provide answers that are accurate,
    complete and effective.

    Thanks in advance for your response.


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