Question about Toasters
Lever won't stay down when depressed (ie pushed down, not sad)
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!
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
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.
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
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.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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