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I bought one of these last January and LOVED it...one day I went to turn it on and nothing...the buzzer works but it has no heat...how can I fix this...or where can I begin to look..thanks!

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  • guiermofour Jan 05, 2009

    My Presto Heatdish turns on at MAX heat no matter what the control knob is set to. How can I fix this problem?

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  • My Presto Heatdish has noise time after time after turn on. How can I fix this problem? Thanks.

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This is most likely due to a break in continuity of the heating coil. Most of the time this happens at the connection box. To trouble shoot, first ensure that the POWER IS DISCONNECTED. Open the area where the power connector goes into the heater and look for the terminals for the heater. IF the heating coil leads are broken or burn, clean that area and reconnect the ends to the terminal. If the terminals look OK then you will need a multimeter to check for continuity in the coil.

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