A humble toaster is an appliance that we all take for granted, and it is something which almost everyone has in their homes. However, when it goes wrong, it can be a real pain when it’s early in the morning, and you want some toast. We’re taking a look at one of the common problems that you may find with your toaster, and how you can repair them by yourself.
Repairing The Toaster When Toast Will Not Stay Down
When your toast does not stay down, it can be very frustrating to try and fix. However, the problem can sometimes be remedied in just a few minutes without the need to get it repaired professionally or having to buy a new appliance. To conduct this repair, you will need a screwdriver, a hand pump, and some lubricant, which can be found in typical hardware stores or service stores.
First of all, you should unplug your toaster, so you do not electrocute yourself. Once it has been unplugged, you need to remove the carriage lever on the toaster, and then unscrew the front cover. Once you’ve removed the cover, you should use the pump to blow away any crumbs from the assembly. Now you should test the latch, and see how smoothly it moves up and down. If it seems stiff, apply lubricant, and it should move with less resistance. While the toaster is unplugged, you should check the check the heating coils on the toaster. These are what makes the bread warm up and toast while the machine is in use. However, the effectiveness of this can be reduced when the coils are covered in crumbs from past slices of bread. In that instance, you should blow the bits out with the hand pump. If there is a tray that collects the crumbs, then you should take that out, throw away all of the crumbs, and then clean the shelves.
From there, you’ll need to make sure that the toaster is as clean as possible, and that all the crumbs are gone. If this is the case, and you’ve lubricated everything correctly, you can put the toaster back together and test it out. If the toaster works fine, then there’s nothing to worry about. However, if the problem still persists, it is usually an indication that the toaster is beyond repair and you may well find yourself getting a new one, although this is more often than not the outcome which you’ll be least likely to find. For further advice, why not contact us.
Overall, repairing your toaster when it will not press down and stay down is a relatively straightforward task, and is something you can do in around 10 – 15 minutes with a screwdriver and some form of forced air. Being able to repair the toaster is a useful skill to have and will save you money and time if the fault is corrected in this fashion, and you’ll also know how to repeat the process should the problem ever arise again in the future.