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Black and /decker toaster model T3550. The outside elements work but the middle ones do not. so only one side of the bread is toaster.And the handle must be held down the whole time to toast

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  • potzfree May 11, 2009

    Thanks, Is it better to find parts to fix it or to get a new toaster?

    If supplies need to be bought, where does one find them?

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The heating element wire is really thin and there is a great posssibilty of breakage. There is also a spring switch in which the lever locks when toasting. needs replacement.

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • Miguel Tulipat
    Miguel Tulipat May 13, 2009

    Hardware stores and DIY shops ususally have parts for this, other than that you'd have to contact their accredited repair shop for original parts.

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