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Toaster Oven elements are bent.... fixable?


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#1 Larbo

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:11 PM

I have a Delonghi toaster oven that still works great but the bottom elements are sagging, with one of them almost touching the metalic bottom of the oven. The parts are no longer available and to replace them, it appears that one would have to have the capability of tack welding the wires to the element. I had hoped that I could turn the sagging ones upward so they would sag and self-correct themselves but they are welded or crimped to wires with no slack to do so.

Before I toss the toaster oven, can they be straightened out? If so, how?

BTW, this is a modest size toaster oven that fits nicely under out rather low kitchen cabinet. New ones seem to be more oriented towards baking and are much larger and more expensive. So, keeping this one going would satisfy me on numerous levels!!

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

that dosen't really look like a "sag" to me . .. just looks bent..
May be able to just bend it back ..
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:38 AM

Thanks for the reply,

I know what you mean by "looking bent", but it is a sag. The rear element has a much softer (i.e.- typical) sag which I see did not show up in the photo. Without know much about elements, is it likely to break if bent back (in a way like aluminum cannot be bent back without cracking)? Should I heat up the element first (I am hoping that you say NO to this one)?

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

... Without know much about elements, is it likely to break if bent back
... Should I heat up the element first

1) I don't know much about bending Heating Elements either.. never had to do one..
2) yes, I would think so .. but remove power cord before bending .. use a wide metal object of some sort
.. but may break Element ... OR ceramic Insulator
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:55 PM

1) I don't know much about bending Heating Elements either.. never had to do one..
2) yes, I would think so .. but remove power cord before bending .. use a wide metal object of some sort
.. but may break Element ... OR ceramic Insulator

OK. Roger that on unplugging the unit first. I'll be using a torch to heat it up. Will propane get it hot enough to be effective or should I resort to MAPP gas?

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:57 PM

why not just let it heat itself ?
does it glow red ?
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:25 AM

why not just let it heat itself ?
does it glow red ?


I'll try that! and, yes, it still does glow red! I'll let you know how it goes. Thank you, Sensei!

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:37 PM

Has it been like that all along? My guess is that it has. If it's working (glowing red) why fix it?

If you do want to bend it do like Larbo said and let it het istelf. I would use a wide flat screw driver. Just remmeber it's going to bend very easily when it's red hot. Too much straighting force may break it.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:10 PM

Well, we said goodbye to Mr. Delonghi.

I noticed that the bent element (which would soon sag enough to touch the metal bottom of the oven) did not get as red hot as the other 3. Therefore, attempts to straighten it out when hot, were not fruitful. Furthermore, at some point along the way, the timer stopped working right, and... it was shown the exit door (lid, actually).

I did wonder why it started sagging and, if I straightened it out when red hot, what would keep it from sagging again right away? So.. maybe it was all moot anyway (waxing philosophical, here). Was not meant to be but thanks for the comraderie!

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Edited by Larbo, 20 August 2012 - 11:14 PM.





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