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Cooks too hot/fast

Not completely sure if this is our model, but I think so. Regardless, since the first use it has cooked very hot and very quickly. The high setting is ridiculous, and even on low it boils and food is done in about four hours. Could there be a problem with the elements or the switch? Thanks!

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  • mesmerist Mar 28, 2008

    Rapid Boil on low setting burns food on low setting within 2-3 hours

  • adipose May 25, 2008

    making ribs...turn dial for simmer..immediately hear a "boiling" sound
    also,the temp control will turn off and on..
    do not remember these 2 things happening before HELP

  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    My Rival even on the low setting ends up boiling - long before the time is up

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    David Dec 25, 2017

    Sounds like a thermostat problem have it looked at, adjusted or replaced or just replace with a new one with an extended guarantee, that's what people do with Kettles and Toasters Slow cookers too. They just are not made to last any more (Yes they are the life is designed into them to hit the minimum guarantee period and last no more than a month or two). regards from David



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The Rival model 3040, along with several other models, was recalled due to overheating problems. For details, go to

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

  • Lee2fixit Jul 19, 2008

    Correction about the recall... the official reason for the recall was not overheating, but breakage of the handles.



If the boiling were caused by high altitude, then the food would take more, not less, time to cook. The low atmospheric pressure of the high altitude means that water boils at a lower temperature, so the food wont cook as fast.

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Hi Wendigo,

Crock pots are not exact, they only have a "target" minimum temperature (to be sure they kill bacteria). It's possible you just have a relatively strong heating element.

Also, remember that the boiling point of liquids changes considerably with your altitude, so if you're in a mountainous region you may be seeing "boiling" at a lower temperature than you expect.

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