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Does not stay down Does not retain in the down 'toast' position

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  • rimerman1 Aug 24, 2010

    Timer? What has that got to do with the mechanism locking in a down position until the toasting is done? Doesn't it operate by a thermostat based on the setting for the amount of 'doneness'?

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The electromagnet that is holding down the ejection lever isn't activated so either the timer or the electromagnet itself is faulty. You need to remove the case to access it - test the continuity of the electromagnet; if it's ok then the timer is dead and must be replaced. Or, since the timer is a simple device, you could open it and try to fix it.

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This is caused by a defective timer, the cost to repair will exceed the cost of a new toaster, suggest u just replace the toaster.

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