I’m writing this short post not to brag about my toaster oven repair skills but to hopefully help out someone else looking to fix their appliance.
I have had this stupid toaster oven since college (18 years as of this writing), and still use it every day. I even built a custom under-counter mount for it which lets it do double duty as a plate warmer.
So one morning while toasting an English muffin my kitchen was filled with the odor of burnt electrical insulation instead of toasted baked goods. “No worries” I thought, this oven has served me well and I just buy a new one to take its place. I was surprised to see that the under-counter toaster oven was merely a phase, with only one on the market right now. It’s very expensive for a humble toaster oven, and also mounts differently so I’d loose my sweet plate warmer.
So off to the shop I went with it. Thankfully the problem was simple to both diagnose and fix: one of the conductors on the main power supply line had degraded, causing it to heat up and burn through its insulation. I simply cut a few inches off of that degraded conductor and then pulled a few extra inches of the power cord through the grommet into the case of the oven.
The two power conductors each have female connectors and clip on the corresponding male connectors. One connector was in good shape the but the wire leading into the other had burned out. In the photos, that wire is labeled #1. Wire #2 heads to one of the heating elements while #3 goes to a control board.
After pulling in another few inches of power cord, I cut away the crispy burned wire, stripped the insulation, and then soldered wires 1, 2, and 3 back into the old female connector.