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Toaster oven door will not close completely.

Cuisinart classic toaster oven door will not shut completely.  Has anyone found a solution to this problem? I am trying to complain, I actually want to fix it. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    Toaster oven door never closes all the way. In addition, the handle broke off. Cooks great, but a real piece of #*$&!

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    The door will not close completely and therefore my TOB-50. doesn't function properly. I am competant with electro-mechanical equipment but I cannot even get this one open for inspection. (I don't have a shop manual.) I suspect that a closure spring has broken or come loose.

  • tomw273 Mar 22, 2009

    The toaster door does not close. You have to 'play' with the door several times before it closes completely/

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This problem is caused by screws being loose or dropping off a limiting bracket on the left side of the oven behind the left outer wall.  This bracket allows the front glass panel to remain OPEN, as required for broiling.
To correct this, first check to see that the two black screws facing forward, behind the left side of the front glass panel are tight.  If not, tighten firmly, but be careful not to overtighten.  If this fails to correct the problem, then follow this procedure.
Purchase 2- #4 x 1/2" SS Phillips Pan Head sheet metal screws at your favorite hardware store.  Cost About $1

  1. Unplug the oven and place on a flat work surface. Place a rubber mat or towel under the oven to prevent scratching.
  2. Remove 2- #4 x 1/4" black phillips flat head screws on the left side of the front glass panel which screw into the black side panel.  These are NOT the screws which hold the bracket, which face forward, but are adjacent to the bracket screws.  Be sure to indentify the proper location of all screws for replacement.
  3. Remove the 4- #4 x 3/8" SS phillips pan head screws at the bottom of the left side of the oven.  Pry the metal tab of the back panel slightly off the bottom of the black side panel.
  4. Remove the 3- #4 x 3/8" SS phillips pan head screws from the back panel which attaches to the left side black panel.
  5. Carefully pry the bottom of the left black side panel up from the bottom of the oven until it is parallel to the top of the oven.  It will seem hard to pry it upward as you are bending two SS tabs holding the black side panel to the SS top.  It will come up easily once you get it started.  When it is parallel to the top, slide the black side panel to the rear to remove it from the two SS tabs.
  6. You should now see the limiting bracket at the front of the oven's left side.  Remove the 2- black Phillips screws holding the bracket.
  7. Slip the limiting bracket from the oven.  Place on a wood block and with a chisel (or large common screw driver) and hammer, strike the screw holes on the bracket firmly once, so as to close the screw holes slightly.
  8. (OPTIONAL)  If available, using a rat tail file (or small flat file), at the crook of the spring lever, carefully increase the indent of the crook ever so slightly.  This will allow the front glass panel to stop more definitely at the open point.
  9. Remount the bracket using the 2- #4 x 1/2" SS Phillips Head sheet metal screws you bought. Tighten firmly, but do not overtighten.  Check the front glass panel movement. It should have a definite stop to allow the panel to stay open approximately 1/2" for broiling and should close fully, easily.
  10. Slide the left black side panel on to the SS tabs.
  11. Pry the left side black panel down until it meet the bottom plate.
  12. Replace the bottom screws.
  13. Replace the 2- #4 x 1/4" black Phillips flat head screws at the left side of the front of the front glass panel which screw into the black side panel.
  14. Replace the back panel screws.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

  • Kevin Moriarty Mar 21, 2012

    This was brilliant and exactly what I needed. One thing I would add is that optional step 8 can be done without removing the side panel. If you just open the toaster oven door, to the left you'll see the bracket that pulls the door closed. Take a small metal file, like from a fingernail clipper, and ever-so-slightly file the notch of that bracket. That's all it took to fix my door.

    Nonetheless, I'm glad I went through the process of the removing the side panel so that I could understand why this was happening.

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Open the door and spray a little WD-40 into the vertical slot on the left near the hinge. Wait a day for solvents to fully evaporate before using.

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  • Catra7 Jan 15, 2011

    This worked great on the door of my Hamilton Beach toaster oven 31136C.
    Thanks auntmipgh!

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Take a wire hanger and bend (just with your bare hands, if you can) its plane on both shoulders creating a kind of a spring which will hold the door from above. (In my case, I baked a slightly too large a dish in my 16 lit. Kennedy toaster oven, after which the door, fruatratingly, would not shut up completely.)

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Fantastic! Thank you. I followed those steps to remove the cover, very easy, perfect. But then instead of messing with the two existing screws holding the limiting bracket, I did something else. Noticing the bracket would "rock" left & right on its flimsy metal, and noticing it was only held down along one side, I drilled a hole closer to the bracket's middle and put a steel rivet through it. So now it is held to the front by two screws and a new rivet. Works great, hope it holds!

Posted on May 14, 2009

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