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Oil doesn't stay hot

The oil in my Cecilware El250 starts to get hot but then stops, even if I push the reset button, it still doesn't get hot.

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Re: Oil doesn't stay hot

Check the thermostat bulb that's in the oil. make sure there are no kinks in the tubing as there is a gas inside the cappillary that expands when it is heated. it connects to the thermostat inside the unit. the thermostat has a thin diaphragm inside that presses against a switch to turn the elements on and off.

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Their website doesn't have the manual posted. You will need to call them. 800-695-4500
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