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Fryer stopped working

My fryer is barely 1 year old. When I turn it on the power light doesn't come on and the unit doesn't heat up. Of course the warranty is over so I have no recourse. Could any one help me with this problem? Any one having a similar problem? The outlet works so it's not the power source.


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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    My deep fryer is just over a year old as well, and one day it stopped heating up. My outlet is working and there is no evidence of the cord being damaged. ....what do I do now?

  • lil squee Jun 20, 2008

    Mine is doing the exact same thing. It is barely over a year old and one day in the middle of frying, it just stopped working. I tryed multiple outlets, so its not that. The power light wont come on, and it wont heat up... any fixes?

  • monica14 Aug 29, 2008

    My fryer did the same thing. We checked the cord to make sure there was power runing through and there was so I am at a loss. Any solutions please let me know.


  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I have used my fryer twice and in the middle of cooking the second time I used it, the power went off and it would not come back on. The outlet is working fine and there is nothing wrong with the cord. There was nothing caked on the heating element and the connection, as fare as I could tell, was secure.
    Any suggestions?
    This is a new fryer, I just got it for Christmas!

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    Vega-Ortega Tiara Apr 24, 2015

    The same thong just happen to me...the RESET button dont even work.



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Hey Guys I had the same problem .. Make sure the unit fits into the grooves on the back side .. The Heating element grooves ..There is a reset ,, you have to use a very small pin to do it .. But I believe the problem is what I stated .. Also remember to clean out the oil pan .. If any gung builds up on the elements it will not HEAT up .. We went thru this same problem as you have all stated ..So check the two situations I have stated ...Good Luck

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See Now I believe common sense is not something very common to most people, so here, try this.

Take two small pieces of aluminum foil or clippings of electrical wire and put it in the two little holes on the plug.

Do not cross the metal tabs that the magnet sticks to.

Plug the cord into the fryer plug the fryer in and you should be good to go.

If not well I dunno....:-)
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Posted on Nov 12, 2016


It seems that grease is on the electrical post (where the cord connect to the appliance) and that might be preventing optimal connection. Prior to figuring this as being the possible problem, I bought a new cord and it does not work either.Thus, I am concluding that the harden grease on the connecting post is the culprit. Any idea on how to clean that off?

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I am having the same problem. The trouble shooting guide says something about a reset button, anyone know where it is?

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Hi there,
Going by the description you have given with the power light and not heating up and the outlet works - sounds like the power is not through to the element. Usual cause of that is a break in the power lead to the appliance. Now that could be near the plug where you plug it into the outlet (wall Socket) or where the plug fits into the appliance which is probably closer to the mark. Some appliances have fuses to protect the appliance in power surges. Check the power lead to the appliance for any burnt wiring. Might be just a matter of refitting the wire in the appliance or renewing it. Hope this helps.

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