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Bread won't toast

Lever won't stay down when depressed (ie pushed down, not sad)

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  • superpharm Dec 28, 2007

    Have tried that but didn't work. It never needed a switch to stay down. Just recently happened.

  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    This is the same problem my toaster is having. It was okay one morning and 24 hours later the lever won't stay down to begin the toasting. Changed outlets so that's not the problem. Mine is about 2-3 years old and has never been anywhere except where it sits. It has been cared for and cleaned, never abused. So is this a piece of junk?

  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    Toaster lever just won't stay down. If you hold the lever down, the toaster works fine, but if you let go of the handle the toast just pops up again. Can you help me on this one? Thank you.

  • Anonymous Sep 12, 2008

    Bread won't stay down. I have to hold it down to toast it.

  • Anonymous Oct 24, 2008

    I have the same problem.

  • sransom Nov 09, 2008

    this toaster is 4 years old, has worked perfectly til last week

    press down lever & it pops up as though I hit cancel

    even if I hold it down, the toasting mechanism is turning itself off, so holding it down doesn't result in toasted bread

    sometimes it takes a little longer for the toaster to pop itself off, at these times, I can see its coils heating so I know it's still essentially working

    what gives? how to fix?

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    brand new deloghi 2 slice toaster bought on e bay lever wont stay down.

  • markmba Dec 07, 2008

    I have the same problem, have taken apart the toaster, have noticed that the release switch is electronic, but cannot find the release latch. Extremely frustrating, hamilton beach and proctor silex are the same manufacturers so I will look for solutions there.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    I just used this for the first time and have the same problem. Left side will not stay down to toast.

  • hm2grish Feb 14, 2009

    I was cleaning out the toaster (turned it upside down and shook it to get all the bread crumbs out, and now it won't stay down to toast, it just pops right back up again.



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We ran into the same problem today with our toaster. There was never a problem before I cleaned it--not only by sliding out the crumb drawer, but by turning it upside down to dislodge every last crumb. After that, It would not stay down when pushed down.

My husband took the cover off and found that a magnet is what keeps the lever down when the toaster's on, and allows it to go back up when the toasting is done. It's an electro magnet that works only when the toaster is on. It seems that when I turned the unit upside down and rightside up again, crumbs landed on the magnet's contact plates (which are about 1/4" x 1/2") and would not allow the magnet to engage. Because the magnet wouldn't engage, the lever would not stay down, and the toaster shut off. Brush off the magnets, replace the cover and toast away!

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I have this toaster and it's been the best toaster i've ever had. One day the lever stopped staying down. I turned it upside down, shook it and then it started working again, but only briefly. I went so far as to go and buy another similar toaster for $80!!! My husband took the old one apart after seeing this blog and VOILA! He found crumbs between the magnet and the switch assembly which weakens the magnet connection, thus keeping the lever from staying down. After cleaning it with a cotton swab, it works again! It didn't take much to disassemble and fix this problem.

Good luck!

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Oster toasters and others with all the giss-moses (several buttons for different settings) in side them sometimes need to be un-plugged and wait a min or so then plug it back up... Meaning, that is how you RESET the toaster... So Simple...

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

I experienced same problem.
There is an electromagnet inside to stay down, then what I did was just to clean-up the surface of the magnet and small iron plate to be stuck the electromagnet.

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Try pushing it down with more force
maybe check the manual or maybe theres a switch to make it stay..

Posted on Dec 27, 2007

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    Simon Zwaan Dec 28, 2007

    Is there anythign that shows it is working when its plug it in other words: is the power getting to it ?

    IF it gets power itprobably means the locking mechanism inside is broken. if its worth it, unplug it, open it and see if you can manually fix it. if not, your best bet would be to get a new one.


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Hi my girlfriend just gave me this toaster, and would like to know what the lighted buttons are for thanks

Since you don't mention the make or model number of the toaster or its age I can only make the following guesses.
It might be an electronic model. To test if this is the case, leave the toaster unplugged and push the lever of the toaster down. If it does not stay down it is an electronic toaster. If it stays down then it is NOT electronic.
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Nothing will toast because every time we try the cancel button goes on. So we either have to manually hold the toast lever down or eat cold bread. Two unimaginable choices. Can u help???

sadly when we do not know the MAKE what could we possibly look for .suggest you check the manufacturer's website , perhaps they can assist .

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Tthe lever on my Braun HT 600 toaster won't stay down. 3 years old, but very moderate use. Ideas?

Be sure to unplug toaster first. While inverting your toaster, depress the toaster lever(s) and shake toaster to clear all bread crumbs. It can take up to several minutes of shaking to clear them completely, however, the key is to depress the toaster levers down at the same time. Also, remember to remove bread crumb trays and empty regularly, as the trays are too shallow and allow crumbs to build up quickly, thereby blocking the "locking mechanism" of the lever(s).

If after cleaning your toaster out thoroughly, the levers still won't remain depressed, try various outlets throughout your kitchen. Oftentimes, when one GFI (Ground Fault Indicator) trips, several outlets along the same circuit will also trip.

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