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The element is failing and while it will probably not catch fire, it is better to be safe than sorry and just replace it. Does not look like a replacement element is offered. Sears has this toaster oven for $22.49 + $6.99 shipping.
Most likely suspects in this scenario would be the heating element or the temperature sensing rod. Not sure what the sensing rod setup on this oven looks like, but it is generally a few inches long, similar diameter to a charging cable for your phone, attached to the back wall of the oven and sticking out directly toward the oven door. If it goes bad, the oven may think it has reached the set temperature and turn off, but generally, it is the opposite (it allows the oven to get too hot). My guess is heating element, but the sensor generally costs a lot less to replace, though maybe not with a small toaster oven. Good luck!
That may sound like a stupid question, but is it plugged in?
Have you tried to plug in the toaster on a different power outlet?
If there is a ground fault switch where the toaster is plugged in (that's those outlets which have 2 buttons on the front, one labeld "Test" the other usually labeled "Reset") unplug the toaster and push the "Reset" button and try the toaster again. To test, if the power outlet, were the toaster is usually plugged in, is working, try a hair dryer or any other device on that outlet.
Its most likely cheaper to replace the whole toaster than to replace the heating elements, for about 40 $ since that's the price of your toaster on some websites.
Chances are very slim your toaster oven is repairable anyway if the heating element burns out. A replacement part is not available, and there's no way to reliably repair a break.
Even if it could be fixed, the low replacement cost makes it uneconomical. Parts and labor would run close to $50, maybe even exceed that price.
Unless you can find a part and do the repair yourself, small appliances today are throw-away items.
it is several prosibilites for your problem:
1) the wire of the oven is damaged;
2) the thermostat is decalibrated or damaged;
3) one or more heating element is intrerupted or burned.
1) check the wire an replace or repair where is posible whit similar heat resistant wire;
2) replace the thermostat whit similar one;
3) replace the heating element
you can touch the element but be carefull the glass is thin .... so scrape it and do what you can . THEN USE A COTTON BALL AND ALCOHOL and clean the element that will get rid of the oil you left behind ,you will be fine ......Please if this answer helped , please rate this 3 or 4 stars . and keep me in the paid answer department . A 1 or 2 may knock me down into the unpaid ranks. Thanks Cactus Bob
I investigated further (took it apart again to satisfy my curiosity) and it appears that one of the top heating elements (the front one) is open (burnt out). I cannot see an easy way to replace it (contacts are spot welded) and I can't find a place to buy the element. If I could it probably won't be worth it since a new oven costs $25 at Target (B&D TR0490W). Too bad since the oven looks like new. I assume the upper elements burn out more frequently because heat rises from the lower elements and adds extra heat at the top.