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Hi, When I try to use my Anvil TSA1009 sandwich maker in my house it trips the circuit when it reaches a temperature of about 130degrees. The machine is capable of operating at a much higher temperature. The machine is about 7 years old, but has not been used more than 100 times. It has been standing in my garage for the last 5 years. I had it covered in a plastic bag. Could there be something wrong with the machine? If so, what can I do to fix it? Regards, Johan Swart

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  • Johan Swart May 18, 2011

    Thanx for the prompt response!



    I have looked at the circuit board of the house. All the plugs has breakers for 20Amp.



    I have tried plugging it into an outlet without anything else plugged in, but it still trips when it reaches about 130degrees Celsius.



    Maybe I should mention that my stove also gave me problems awhile ago and now I can only use the plates. The stove is not working anymore. The stove's breaker is 35Amp.



    We have 220V in South Africa.



    Is it possible that it is a problem with my house's circuity? My house is 12 years old and is a small town house that forms part of a complex of similar houses.



    Regards,

    Johan

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Hi.
This is gonna be a best guess thing, as Anvil has discontinued this model.
You said that the sandwich press was stored in your garage for the last 5 years, so I am just about sure that moisture damage is the problem.

I can't seem to locate a manual, so I don't know if the press lid has a sensor or not.
It could be that the temperature sensor has rust on it, it wouldn't take much, to foul it out.
Also, the thermostat could also have moisture inside it, condensation would just sit there and collect if it sat for that long.

It's a shame that it's not working right, I have actually used these in the past when I worked for a food service company.
We used them to make steak sandwiches, and it worked perfectly for it.
Being aluminum, it was easy to clean as well.
Now, it could be the temperature control knob, there on the front has gotten moisture in the works of it, and that is what is causing it to short out your circuits.
That actually sounds like just the thing that would do that, if it's shorting out, it is probably sending power over multiple points on the dial at once, and that would indeed cause it to short out.
Now, it is also possible that the machine, once it starts to heat up, is just putting a larger load on the circuit than what the breaker is rated for.
Just because it can plug into a 220v outlet doesn't really mean it will work properly in any outlet that you could plug it into.
You need to check the breakers in your house, make sure that you are actually connecting into a 220v outlet, and not a 110 outlet.
If you are trying to get it to run in a 110v outlet, then no wonder it keeps tripping the breaker.

Ihope this gives you some ideas as to what is going on, and gives you a clue as to what to do to remedy the breakers tripping.
Good luck to you, and have a good day.

Posted on May 18, 2011

  • Steve Foord Dec 10, 2011

    I see this post is very old but maybe you still have the machine lying around. Disconnect the earth wire. switch the machine on and AVOID touching it. Allow the machine to get very hot, hopefully this will dry out any moisture that is in the machine, this is normal for appliances with elements that have been standing for a long time. Switch the machine off, re connect earth and it should work fine.

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No the problem is not with the machine, its with the load on the circuit in your home. You have too many high rating items plugged into the same breaker. Try moving the load around to see if that helps. You could also use another outlet to try your sandwich maker on it instead.

If you have any older home, you may not be able to solve this problem without calling an electrican.

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  • Kandi Cook May 19, 2011

    It sounds like you are either wired into someone elses unit and there are load problems or you have a short somewhere? You can try replacing the outlets (both the one used for the stove and the other you use with your sandwich maker) to see if that corrects the possible short problem.



    Let me ask a couple other questions. What type of water heater do you have? Is it electric? Has the sandwich maker ever worked in your house without tripping the breaker? Have you always had this problem? You mentioned your stove stopped working, what type of stove do you have?



    Is your unit back to back (common wall) with another?



    Just to make sure that your unit is wired to its own meter by itself, turn off your breakers to your unit. Go and check (room to room) and see if anything in your house still has power (with the breakers off). If nothing has power and everything is off, then unplug everything in your house, turn the breakers back on and go to your power meter and see if it is still clocking energy being used.



    If your meter is still turning like there is power being used with everything unplugged then you know that someone elses unit has been cross wired with yours. If this is the case then you are probably experiencing load balancing problems.

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