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Vintage Sunbeam toaster repair

I have the same problem as the person before me. My 1950's radiant toaster worked fine a nd then all of a sudden was dead as a doornail. I'm amazed that people no longer will repair small appliances! They were everywhere when I was a kid...throw-away world now I guess.

Anyway, forgive my inorance, but do I take the whole toaster apart to look at the insides? I feel like a fool asking this question.

Thanks alot,

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