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Lever on taoster will not stay down

The right side facing lever will not stay down. when i hold the lever down, there is no heat generating from the elements.  I have disassembled the unit but am not sure what i should be looking for.

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  • colpas1 Dec 05, 2007

    I have the Toastmaster 4 slice. TMT4CAN The right side will not stay down when pushed, also no heat is generated on that side if held down manually. It seems to be an electrical (magnetic) device that holds the 'toast' down. The left side works fine when plugged in - but does not stay down when unplugged.

    Is there a fuse? I have the screws out of the base - but cannot get the unit apart.



  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    hi , My lever doesn't stay down in order for the toaster elements to heat up. What do I do? I have a tef deluxe 2 slice. thanks

  • Janice McCort
    Janice McCort Dec 10, 2007

    Brand new toaster, have had it for a week. The right side lever
    does not stay down although it does heat. Everything else works
    fine. Is there an easy fix or should it go in to repair?

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2007

    I have a sunbeam 2-slice toaster model 6225-26 and I have to hold

    the level down so the toast will toast,It will not lock when I press it down.

    The elements are working when I do this.

    Any ideas what the problem is.

  • phoebe Hursey Mar 08, 2008

    the right side facing lever will not stay down. when i hold the lever down, there is no heat generating from the elements. I have disassembled the unit but am not sure what i should be looking for.

  • rustface Mar 16, 2008

    Same problem, right side won't stay down. I took mine apart. Cleaned all the contacts I coudl find, but not it. This is an issue with getting a little electromagnet/servo thing to engage at the proper moment. I am really kicking myself for buying an overengineered toaster. 

  • 2 scoops Mar 21, 2008

    lever will not stay down on one side

  • rovinrev Apr 05, 2008

    I cannot get the lever to stay down unless I hold it. It heats fine. I have cleaned it and also touched up the points but it does not hold.


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  • torchwood76 Apr 14, 2008

    I have this problem with the left side of my Krups Toast Supreme IV. When the lever was depressed, it would not stay down, and when held down, there was no heat generated.

    I opened it up and noticed that the shaft of the plastic "catch" (for lack of knowing the actual part name) had broken. The "catch" is a plastic piece that captures a plastic knob when the lever is pressed down. When the knob enters the catch, the catch pivots between two pieces of copper and completes the circuit, thus allowing electricity to flow to the toasting wires. With the piece broken, the parts are no longer aligned, the circuit is no longer completed, and thus the electromagnet doesn't engage to hold the lever down (and send electricity to the toasting wires as well).

    I am attempting to glue this piece back together, but I am not expecting it to last long since the part has already been compromised. After four years of faithful service, it is probably time for a new toaster.

  • squirrelia Jul 27, 2008

    I have the same problem but with both sides. The problem cropped up just after re-arranging all of my counter-top appliances. My guess is that there is a large chunk of hard bread that is blocking both carriages from going far enough down to latch. First problem though: I can't figure out how to get the cover off. It seems like the levers have to come off, but they don't seem to want to.

  • rustface Oct 26, 2008

    I think what has happened to toasters (over-engineered junk with useless buttons and electronic "features") constitutes a crime. Two of the four slots don't work.

    I mean how many people, in their regular job, can cut their productivity by 50% and remain employed?

    How many of you would accept a saw that was missing every other tooth?

    What about headphones where the left speaker failed in 2 months?

    Cuisinart doesn't seem to mind if their manufacturers and designers produce 50% functional toasters, though.

    I wonder if the Cuisinart executives would accept such junk in their own kitchens?

    And by the way, I'm sure most toasters share essentially the same electro-mech guts. It's certainly not limited to Cuisinart, at this price point.



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Black & Decker T4050 OptiToast 4-Slice and it will not stay down and heat either. However you can hold it down and then it will heat. I apparently has an electromagnet that is supposed to hold it down and it's not working. Any Suggestions?

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On my CPT-140 the two slots on the right would not stay down, but it would heat up if you held the lever down. Well i took it open and looked at it a bit, there it a ciruit board on the inside of the face near the levers, if you look down near the bottom of this you will see a little white plastic hook.. at the top of this should be a plug with three wires .. on my toaster this plug was NOT plugged into this white plastic hook part thing. I plugged it in and now it works fine. Hope this helps someone else

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  • tara newton Nov 24, 2012

    This was so helpful ,another item saved from the landfill


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I had an identical problem and did exactly what another reader suggested by completely cleaning the crumb trays and shaking any crumbs out that were present. Both of the latches remained down and the heating element resume working again. I feel like calling the Cuisinart rep back and informing her since her only suggestion at my request of any trouble shooting solutions was to buy another toaster since it appears I had a good 4 years out of it. My response was that bought it because of the name and expected it to last more than 4 years fell on deaf ears. Nice....

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I found out something that surprised me once I pried the cover off my toaster: The toast carriage is held down by an electro-magnet, not by any type of physical clasp or hook. I looked at *so* many websites and consulted a coupld of hard-bound fix-it books, and neve anywhere did any article mention this unusual approach to holding the toast carriage down.

Long story short: the real problem with my toaster was that when I moved it, I plugged it into an outlet that turns out to be faulty. Thus the electro-magnet did not work, so the heating element could not heat. Once I plugged it into a different, working, outlet, the toaster worked just fine (except that I broke a thing or two prying the cover off -- oops!)

Hope this helps!

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Disassemble (carefully) trying not to bend tabs
holding it together as it makes it harder to put back together, try taking only one side off first. When the lever comes down it contacts a small magnet and below that there are two bronze colored tabs, clean both contacts,being carefull not to bend anything,with contact cleaner(sold at electronics stores) sprayed on a q tip and let dry a few minutes then test before re assembly
worked on my toastmaster TMT

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I have the same problem

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I had a similar problem with my Toastmaster Model Number TT2CTBB, 2 slice toaster. After disassembly I found one of the two copper spring contacts had come loose from the circuit board. I was able to reattach the spring contact to the circuit board using a very small screw which fit through the attaching end of the spring contact and a nut.I drilled a clearance hole through the circuit board where the spring contact had been attached. I did have to grind a small flat on the head of the screw.This allowed for clearance between head and the bend in contact spring, which let contact spring work properly.
Oh by the way, lever is held down by an eectromagnet. No working contact switch, no AC current, no magnet. Upon reassembly of cover, etc after reattach of contact spring switch with screw and nut, toaster works great!

Posted on Nov 26, 2007

I had the same problem.
I removed the crumb tray and put it back in.
problem solved

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Hi Moana,

You should see Electrical contacts near the lever.  Clean between where the metal of tghe Electrical contact meet each other.   The Toaster bread trays slide up and down on a metal rod.  On one side the assembly that slides on the rod, you should see a "L" shaped piece of metal that hangs.  This "L" shaped piece is suppose to Catch and hold the bread in the toaster.  Good luck....

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I would just buy a new toaster...they are not that expensive. Check the intruction book first because maybe it's under warranty. Or if you bought it very recently, just take it back to the store. Most places will take it back even without a reciept if you tell them you just bought it and it's already broken.

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