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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: kettle shuts off before boiling?
This is caused by a defective overload switch inbuilt in the kettle, sometimes the senitivity is higher than factory settings causing it to trip and reset several times before coming to boil. probably better to put up with it than going in for a costly repair.
Posted on Sep 28, 2007
SOURCE: kettle lights but doesn't boil
Most likely the thermo fuse is blown.
You have to take the kettle apart and see the spec for the thermo fuse. You can get these at most any electronics parts supplier for appliances.
To change the thermo fuse you will need the proper crimp type connectors and the crimp tool. This is not able to be soldered. It runs too hot, and soldering in a circuit close to a heating element is not able to be used.
Before changing the thermo fuse, you can test it with an ohm meter. It should typicaly read about 0.1 to 0.2 ohms. The heating element resistance should typicaly read about 8 to 12 ohms.
If the heating element reads below 6 to 7 ohms on a well calibrated ohm meter, or above 15 ohms, it is defective.
If the thermo fuse is blown, the kettle may have been left running when boiled out and over heated, or there is a short in the heating element.
If you feel that you are not comfortable to do this type of repair, it would be best to give the kettle out to an appliance service centre to have it serviced.
When you change the thermo fuse, and if it blows again the heating element is probably damaged. It must be replaced if possible, or if worth the cost.
On the other hand, if the kettle is more than a few years old and you don't want to go to all this trouble, you may want to consider to simply get a new one.
Posted on Apr 29, 2008
Make sure that the lid is securely on. Otherwise its the replacement of the auto bi metalic strip which turns the kettle off
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
There is no do it yourself fix for this problem. However, placing a folded cloth on top of the kettle (covering the spout) will cause it to switch off quicker, as it increases the pressure inside the kettle.
Posted on May 04, 2009
stop using it. If the kettle boils dry it could damage it irrepairably, or worse, start a fire. It sounds like the switch is dodgy, look into getting it replaced, or just replace the kettle.
Posted on May 23, 2010
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