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Old westinghouse toaster 1941

One of the heating elements has broken. It is a thin wire that stuck out a little too far and it finally broke. Can it be fixed?

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  • cantoo Jun 12, 2008

    The toaster is a 2 slot. Three of the 4 heating elements heat up and one side does not. How do I find the part number? The only numbers I find were on the bottom of the toaster and were posted on this site.

  • cantoo Jun 20, 2008

    I prefer to fix the problem rather than throw it away. Is there no one who can still fix old things or at least tell me how to do it myself?

  • cantoo Jun 20, 2008

    I will try an electronics store if I can find one in Miami. What gauge wire? I will try to take out the part that is broken . Don't go away now.

  • cantoo Jul 06, 2008

    The toaster is a Westinghouse L 352597. Cat. No. TO - 501 B 115V 1320W.
    I now have the panels out of the toaster, carefully brushed off and intact. The wire I saw broken is the only one. All the rest are perfect. I suppose I will have to take the panels to the electrical shop to find out what the wire replacement size is needed. The way the wire element is threaded around and through will be hard to duplicate without breaking the panel. Could it be isinglass? (Sp)


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Yes it can repair to reconnect the elements by using tungsten wire tide its end of the broken element so heat can go through it that is i did problem like these this only cheap solution..

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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  • LORETO LACARON
    LORETO LACARON Jun 20, 2008

    all heat resistant wire u can but it in electrical hardware supply store..

  • LORETO LACARON
    LORETO LACARON Jul 07, 2008

    this site where you can buy spare parts on line.
    http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/...


  • LORETO LACARON
    LORETO LACARON Jul 07, 2008



    http://www.resistancewire.com



    Ni Chrome stands for I THINK a trade name, but it means a nickel and chrome combination, of high resistance wire.



    The site above has all kinds of formulas, and I bet you can find what you need there.



    If for some reason you cannot, let me know.



    Remember like everything else, it has a duty cycle, for example a 10
    foot coil of size x, with x volts provides X heat in x ambient.



    A toaster uses a certain size of wire designed with knowledge it will
    be in the toaster enclosure and only on for a certain amount of time.



    A space heater might have a ni-chrome weave of wire, but it has a fan
    blowing on it to take the heat away, so in a static position, it needs
    to withstand the current for the period of time you need, with all
    other factors considered.



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Hi there

You would need to refurbish the appliance anyway. Fit newer elemets to resolve the problem of unavailable parts., This is not something that you can easily be told how to do, is just a matter of pulling it apart, perhaps posting a few photos of the problems you are having and we can go from there. You could salvage the nichrome wire of a new element to fix the old on, but the dismantling and getting the element out is something that you just have to get into yourself, or find a mate thats hady with this sort of thing.
I am happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have, and offer more advice to you.

regards
robotek

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

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    Graeme Ross Jun 20, 2008

    It is not copper wire(mentioned elswhere), but ni-chrome wire, This is resistance wire. Best bet is to buy another toaster element from an electrical wholesaler, unwind the wire from it and rewind into the existing element faulty element. If you were to take in your old element with you, they may have a similar one that you can retro fit into the toaster. Explaining to the parts attendant what you are trying to do may be best so he can match up the what you need.

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    Graeme Ross Jun 20, 2008

    I found some interesting blogs here about restoring old toasters... you are not the only one that beleives in fixing quality gear! :) A great guide to give you some repair "confidence" is here

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jun 20, 2008

    I found an easy way to get what you need right from where you sit. Ebay can provide a good source and easy selection by site of a part that can help us with the repairs. check out here, and here, and here... there are many more just do a search for toaster element. :) or check out the shops at the bottom of the pages, these guys often do just about everything. :) How are you going with the dis assembly?

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jul 05, 2008

    Just following up, how did you get on with the fixing of the old toaster? :)

    regards
    robotek


  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jul 07, 2008

    You know you could try to get a a small crimp type connector to reconnect the broken wire. This would also fix the toaster, even if a small amount of wire is missing.

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It is pretty simple and easy to repair,,,, if you can open the toaster you will be able to see the (element) copper flat wire, if it is broken than try to get the element replaced which is easily available in any electronic parts shop. there are 4 sheets of elements you need to replace the one which has gone bad.

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Toasters are cheap electronics Im not sure if its worth the repair, I would suggest to buy a new one.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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That part was almost replaceable.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

  • micromaster
    micromaster Jun 11, 2008

    you need to identiy the part # to order for the spare parts...

    BTW... are you sure it was the only part has a problem, check if any other part related to it was also affected.


  • micromaster
    micromaster Jun 12, 2008

    tell me the exact model name of the unit..

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