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Can I get a replacemnet base for the the cuisinart kua-17 tea kettle?

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Yes, I opened the base (v-shape screws) and saw that the contact switch was burnt out. Where can I find the round contact switch?
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Posted on Nov 12, 2012

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Hi im sorry i can only give you bad news these are not made to be repaired and you cant get the parts that you need, they are made to be thrown away after use which is bad i know but the cost of making them is low so they dont offer any spares as the cost of a new one would cost less than getting yours repaired,

so im sorry i cant offer you good news but with something like this its just not possible.

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SOURCE: Our cuisinart electric tea kettle stopped working.

Most likey a burned out heating coil. You can buy them let me know the model number and I can give you a web site to go to buy it.

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I took the base apart an repaired the electrical connection. You need a special screwdriver to remove the 3 base screws. I took an old, cheap flat-head driver and filed a v-notch in the middle of the blade so it would work to remove the screws. Had to replace the connector because of corrosion. That fixed the problem for me.

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My problem was similar for the Cuisinart KUA-17.  I clicked down the on switch and it stayed down.  However, the light and power together seemed finicky.  That is, the light came on if I positioned the kettle in the base correctly, but then it sometimes went off without triggering the switch to pop up.  When the light went off while the switch remained down the water never boiled, but when I was lucky to position it such that the light remained on, the water did boil and the switch popped up ... as it should have.  It seemed to be getting more and more finicky and difficult to position correctly ... so I took it apart.
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