My Westbend 84755-5 has a temp control knob that won't stay on a certain level. It shifts or floats around, I never know how hot it really is. I tried to cook a pot roast, it did not get done in 7 hours one day! I need to know if I can fix it at home???? When I turn it, it isn't stable. Help!!
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Re: Westbend Crock Pot- temp control knob won't stay
You might consider buying a whole new base considering the problem you are having purely as a "safety issue". Temperature controls can be serious safety hazards. If it's not stable best if you replace the base. You can buy one at West Bends link for half the price of a new one.
Or you can also try this first. At some time in its use you might have gotten food oil in the control. Take the knob off and spray a commerically available "electronic contact cleaner" along the shaft and into the control pot. Turn the shaft back and forth several times as you do this. Depending on how dirty it is you may have to spray it quit a bit before it is cleaned out. I don't believe the base is emmerasble in water so don't do that.
***This is only a temporary fix and not the best one. ***
The time and money you will spend fixing it if you can even find the replacement part is probably more than buying a replacement base.
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Well stocked hardware stores have knobs that fit the heat controls on units like the Corningware slow cooker. That's either a local hardware store or a "big box" store. And Radio Shack or another big electronics parts places might, too. Notice the shaft of the control. It's almost certainly round with a "flat spot" on it. The flat spot is manufactured on the shaft of the control so the knob will have a place to "grip" the shaft and not slip.The knobs are pretty standard in the electrical industry. They're used for stuff like light dimmers and such. If you can measure the shaft, you'll probably find it's 1/4" in diameter - a standard size. Call your local True Value or Ace Hardware and explain the problem. It's almost a sure bet that they've got a solution. Make a measurement and make a call. If they've got one, go ahead and pack your cooker in with you, just to be sure. They can check the fit. One trip is all it should take. The staff at the hardware store is waiting to help you. They want you to call.
The auto setting cooks on high for the first hour, then adjusts the setting to low for the remaining cooking time.
Auto Shift allows the slow cooker to heat up to high and then internally shift down to low, so it gives more flexibility in cooking time. Example: A certain recipe may take 4 hours on high, 5-6 hours on Auto Shift and 7-8 hours on Low.
You can find something here that will work. You may have to replace all at the same time so they are a match and it sits level. http://www.levelingmounts.com/bumpers/?gclid=CKXlu_Lrw5wCFcZM5Qod5zN5oA Eric