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Fryer wont turn on since I cleaned it

I took the fryer apart and cleaned it. I did not get the wiring wet, but now the power light will not come on nor will it heat.

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I don't service home models, only commercial products, however I would guess that something got wet somehow? Let it dry out for a few days and even a week or so, and then try it. If not, I would junk it and buy another...

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