My mum's Philips electronic toaster had a similar problem, which I fixed by:
a) Opening up the case
b) Remove as much toast residue as possible (yuk)
c) Use contact cleaner on the connectors between internal PCBs
d) Clean the mating surfaces of the electromagnet and drop lever
I don't know about the Tefal unit, but the Philips was quite difficult
to open due to the use of a strange type of dimpled screwhead. I had to
"get a pair of pliers and get medieval on its ass", to paraphrase Pulp Fiction.
Needless to say, be VERY careful if operating the toaster with the
cover off. With the Philips unit, it was not immediately obvious which
parts of the circuitry were live and which were connected to earth.
It'll probably be the timer chip. These are very cheap to buy, if you need
to mail-order then the postage will be several times the cost of the chip!
Toasters are usually screwed together with pillar Torx or similar, once you
get the plastic case off there's mains-carrying wires all over the shop.
There will be a circuit board near the control end, the timer chip may well
be the only chip on there. Get the part no. and search on rswww.com. N.B.
How's your soldering?
Ours is a Morphy Richards which had the same problem. Its probably worth a
look inside before you rush out and buy new.
Pull off all the knobs etc - turn it over (on a newspaper or shake the
contents on the grass for the birds) - undo the fixing screws, on the MR it
uses 'System Zero' Tamperproof screws, you can buy drivers for these (A set
will cost more than a new toaster so if your not going to use them again
your decision has been made.
Sometimes the cover can be prised off there is often enough give to get it
past the catches.
Once inside you probably only need to clean the contacts that make, as the
lever arm descends and check the release button is not faulty or shorted. I
have had to rebuild our button three times to accommodate heavy handed
impatient members of the house.
Best of luck
I had exactly this problem with a different brand of toaster and it turned out
to be a crumb stuck on the pole piece of the electromagnet. This allowed the
'feel' of a slight magnetic retention but not strong enough to hold against the
spring that puts cooked toast into orbit around the kitchen.
Simple and zero cost to fix. My favourite sort of DIY - and you have to have
piece of toast to test it too!!
"Bob Minchin" wrote
| I used to be a marmalade man but in the last few weeks I have discovered
| I'm a type 2 diabetic so it's plain dry toast for me now as I can't cope
| with the taste of marmite.
Gentleman's Relish (Patum Peperium) is awfully nice on hot toast.
It's also a good substitute for chocolate body paint, erm so I'm told.
I'm just trying to cut out all added sugar and have also been advised to cut
fat. I'm told that the sugars produced as carbohydrates are digested are less of
problem due to slow release of sugars as distinct say from sugar in a drink which
appears in the blood very quickly. My dietician has said that the atkins or
diets are bads news for diabetics.
As a general note, I have no outward symptoms of diabetes and was picked up by a
walk-in screening test run free by the Lloyds pharmacy chain. There are about 1
million peoplein UK who have diabetes and don't know it.
Whilst I'd rather not have it, I'm pleased to know so i can do something about
My message to all is go and have a test. I does not hurt, it takes only minutes
you get a result there and then.
I wasn't suggesting actually using one of these diets, although I have
read that some diabetics who have gone for carbohydrate reduction (not
particularly extreme) have been able to control their symptoms without
needing to resort to medication.
Certainly there is plenty of evidence that avoiding the highly refined
sugar/insulin roller coaster is a good idea for everybody.
I've been looking at dietary issues quite a bit as well, and it's not
at all clear that fat reduction and replacement with complex
carbohydrates is the answer for everybody. It appears to have as
much to do with metabolism as anything else.
If you read around the subject, you find just as much evidence
supporting one regime as another. Cynically speaking, there is an
entire industry behind production of low fat foods just as there is
for low carbohydrate items. Then of course there is the
pharmaceutical industry that makes a lot of money from treatment when
things do go wrong. It's interesting to note that they will seldom
back any diet or other regime that doesn't tie into a drug therapy.
Absolutely right, and the implications of not dealing with it can be
I completely agree. I had an overnight stay in hospital for some
tests not long ago and they did a basic urine screen and then in the
morning a blood test for sugar level, probably using similar
technology to your pharmacy. I did have a slightly higher than
normal level, so the advice was to visit the GP surgery and ask for a
sequence of tests over several days. It seems that this is not a
yes/no thing but a matter of degree and the treatment reflects that.
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