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My GE 168997 is not heating up enough..

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please help me to find some way of reparing this piece of equipment..I does not heat up enough to to cook or fry anything....

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I had the same problem .. It turned out the bottom of the oil pan had build up with gung so to speak after cleaning this out everything was fine , I have 3 of these fryers .. For cooking ******* chicken wings .. that is what builds up on the bottom of the oil pan .. Good Luck

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Take a look at this as the micro switch may at the point of failure and making and breaking. Good Luck ! Like most of the problems listed on FixYa about this Deep Fryer ours worked fine the last time we used it, but we could not get the power light to come on again. I found that there is s SAFETY Micro-switch on the heating element control unit. This switch prevents the heating element from being turned on when it is not in the Fryer Pan. The accuator lever for the switch is located under the guide slides on the heating element control unit. It is a metal lever which is moved as you mount the heating element control unit on the fryer pan. You have to look closely under one of the guide ledges on the heating control unit to see it . The problem is that over time the adjustment of the lever changes as it flexes under use. I simply readjusted the lever by forming it with a pair of long-nosed pliers. CAUTION !!!!!!! You can bend the lever so far that the switch is closed all the time defeating the Safety Switch and create a hazard in that the unit will heat as soon as you plug it in whether inserted in the Fryer Pan or lying out on any surface. This might burn someone or cause a fire. Good Luck


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Call and complain. possibly ask for a now one

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Please use blended vegetable oil, pure corn oil, sunflower oil,
soybean oil or grapeseed (canola oil) because these oils have a high
smoke point. Peanut oil is not recommended because it greatly
impacts the flavor.

• Oils should never be mixed when deep frying.
• High heat, water, and burnt food particles break down the oil’s smoke
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