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Can a toaster with a lever that doesn't stay down be fixed?

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Can a toaster with a lever that doesn't stay down be fixed?

I have a two-slot toaster where the lever doesn't stay down, and sparks fly when I keep pushing it down. I think there is some magnet that is involved? Has anyone fixed this problem themselves? Is this a common problem with recent cheap toasters?
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Dec 11, 2004
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I wouldn't risk with a cheap toaster, fire hazard.
Just toss and replace it.

There should be a switch that activates an electro magnet to hold it down
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I had this on a toaster after I cleaned it out, so needless to say I had to fix it otherwise it would have been me that broke it ;)

The mechanism inside the toaster is very simple. You are correct, it is just a magnet in place. In my case, while cleaning it I must have moved some crumbs over top of the magnet and it got blocked. I cleaned out the surface of the pieces, re-assembled, and it worked fine.
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I had the same issue with my toaster. Taking off the cover to fix it was easy. Just keep track of your screws and how it all went together. Use a small flat head screwdriver if they use odd triangle type screws like mine.
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Way late on this one, but if you have a compressor, and one of those air-guns, you can blow out the inside of the thing and can sometimes fix this problem.
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I previously opened up the toaster and didn't notice a crumb issue.
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I also had this problem with a 4 slot/2 lever toaster. One worked, the other didn't without wiggling the lever. Careful cleaning - removal of crumb trays underneath and shaking the unit over the sink - solved the problem. My toasters uses an electro-magnetic arrangement to keep the lever down.
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May 14, 2016
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New toasters are $9 new at Canadian Tire. Why run the risk of a fire??
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You're assuming that the new $9 toaster doesn't have a risk of a fire?

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