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Toaster lights go out

We have had this toaster for several years, so it is out of warranty. It intermittently has a problem where all the lights on the electronic display go dark. I can push down the lever and the wires inside get hot, but of course I have no idea how long in will toast. It usually pops us long before the item is toasted. After doing this one or more times, the lights come back on and it works normally for a while, but over time these episodes are becoming more and more frequent. I really hate throwing appliances away, so I would like to get this toaster to be reliable again.

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Your problem sounds like there is a poor connection somewhere. If you can open up the appliance check all the wire connections going in and out of the electronic display unit. If there are no obvious connection problems, try unplugging wire connectors and re-plugging them back in. If you have any sprays for connections with switches and circuitry you can use them as well. The screws holding toasters together are usually on the bottom, hidden by the rubber grips or some other clip. DO NOT plug the toaster in while it is pulled apart!

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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