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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mending a Dualit toaster

Some while ago we got a 4 slot Dualit toaster. They look great with their 1950's Italian styling but actually are made in East London. They are also substantial and the hope was that, while they are more expensive they would last. Other toasters have not faired so well.

Well they are very well made, but eventually one of the heating elements failed. Toast was getting heated on one side. Time to replace the element.

I went to the Dualit website and ordered a new element. You need to know the model of toaster that you have. You also need to choose the right element. Within a toaster you have single sided heating elements for the two end positions and double sided for the positions between. My toaster has 4 slots meaning that I have 3double sided elements and 2 single sided. It was one of the double sided elements that had failed.

I searched on google and found this  brilliant illustrated site By Peter Eland, on how to change the element. The only differences between this and mine are that a) I purchased my replacement from Dualit lit, which came with instructions and b) in my ca se I replaced a double sided element so did not have to remove the end cables.

Pretty easy repair, and they are as well made as they seem. You can also test the old and new elements when out of the toaster ,with a multimeter set to continuity mode. My old element was open circuit, as the heater wire and burnt out. The new element had Continuity I.e I could see a complete circuit, when I applied the two probes to the connection points on the element , when removed !

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