I was in the middle of cooking some waffles when all of a sudden the waffle maker stopped working. The light turns on, I hear a click but the ready light never comes on. I disconnected the waffle maker and tried again. Still doesn't work. This waffle maker is two months old.
It sounds like this is a common poblem but I found what it is. I am a mechanical engineer and fix anything and everything. I had the same thing with my Villeware model 2010. I took it apart and traced with a meter to find the problem. I found the wires to the heating elements in the bottom half melted and shorted where they cross (bad design) just past an inline fuse ( good part of the design!). I can't find any place that carries parts and contacted Villaware direct but do not expect any luck in getting a new wire harness. The fix is either the proper harness or the correct fuse and high temp wire and correct crip connectors. Bypassing the fuse or using incorrect wire would be dangerous, would destroy the control board if another short would occur or possibly lethal from shock or fire.
Sounds like the Thermo safety limit has gone out. This goes out when the theromstat goes bad. There is no service done on this product. Call the company about getting a replacement while it is still under warranty.
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Red means that it has power. Green means the heating element is on. The green light will cycle on and off as the thermostat controls the temperature. Allow the iron to heat til the green light goes off before adding batter. Watch for steam coming from the iron. When the steam stops the waffle should be done. Keep track of the time that it takes to cook. Experiment with cooking time for the best results.
I found the coating on the sunbeam to be less than impressive in regards to nonstickiness, so I use pam with it and have way fewer sticking probs. As to the doneness issue, if it's not actually burning then try to let it cook longer even if the light goes out. Hope this was a little bit helpful at least:)
This is how I use the nordic ware... 1.Heat pan on medium heat on one side until temp gauge is in the middle. Dont turn pan at all when pre-heating 2. Open pan and coat bottom with a little butter. 3. Flip pan over and add butter to bottom side that has no butter. 4. Add batter quickly so butter doent burn. Add semi-thick batter in pan and only let batter run so there is about 1 inch of space left on the edge.(This space will fill with batter when you close the cover) 5. Temperature gauge should stay near the middle at all times. 6. Do not open the pan to check the batter waffle color or your crispy waffle will turn soft 7. Let waffle cook on first side until the steam that comes out from the side slows down to about half of the amount of steam that came out when battle was first put in. (Should be about 2 minutes) 8. Turn waffle pan over and DON’T open the pan.(you haven’t opened the pan once to look)
9. Let cook until steam reduces (Takes about 2 minutes)
10. Keep an eye on the temp gauge
11.Remember the first waffle always takes longer to cook than the second and third waffle.
12.If you have the urge to open the pan.Open the cover slowly.If it doesn’t open up easily then it is still rare and wait one minute to open. If you need to look, you should only open the pan after you turned it over. Once you open the pan, leave it open. If you close it the cripy top will turn soft.
13. Remember trial and error