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My GE Toast-R-Oven shorted out. Can it be fixed?
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Post# 998712   6/28/2018 at 14:32 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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I have a late 60s, early 70s GE Toast-R-Oven with the pop-up "Flair" style door. I was toasting the other day when a BRIGHT light came out of the door glass and I saw that there was a dead short between the top front heating rod and the metal cabinet.

I unplugged it right away and found that the rod has now badly bowed out and can't be used. I have not yet attempted to take the unit apart because I wanted to settle a few questions:

Can these heating rods be removed from the cabinet? Are any still available and what would be the source/part number?



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Post# 998766 , Reply# 1   6/29/2018 at 06:32 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Had the same model when I was in college in the late 1970s. Since peanut butter toast was a staple for students in those days, mine got quite a workout. Was great for grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza burgers, too.

Good luck with your quest for parts...although you might want to scour Salvation Army-type places for a "new" one.

Post# 998970 , Reply# 2   7/1/2018 at 09:26 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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I certainly hope it can be fixed. Wouldn’t want to be without mine!

Post# 998976 , Reply# 3   7/1/2018 at 09:57 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I believe something like this happened to PhilR. He was lucky enough to find another one like his and he swapped the elements.  Have a look around local thrift stores and yard sales - they do turn up every so often.

Post# 998990 , Reply# 4   7/1/2018 at 12:54 by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        
Thanks for the input

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Because of the age of the unit and the turmoil at GE, I was doubtful that an off the shelf replacement was available. I have some projects to do today, but I should be able to at least take the unit apart this week.

I'm anxious to keep this style of toaster oven. I've had several over the years, but only this one from the 60's actually toasted and cooked well in my opinion.


Post# 998998 , Reply# 5   7/1/2018 at 14:54 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Honestly, I doubt any manufacturer would have parts for a 30-40 year old appliance. But there do seem to be good used ones out there. Good luck in your search.

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Post# 999000 , Reply# 6   7/1/2018 at 15:06 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        


Contact this guy. He repaired a small oven for me a while back. I would be willing to bet he can help:

Michael Sheafe
PO Box 20012
Cherokee Station
New York NY 10021-0060
212 744-3773

Post# 999024 , Reply# 7   7/1/2018 at 20:11 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        

Scoots, I communicated with Michael and he suggested the following sources:

Dave Harnish
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA

Frank Caldwell
Bedford OH

Ken Huggins
Vintage and Unusual Toasters
Antique Toasters and Appliances Cleaned
and Repaired
6471 Eastshore Road, Columbia, SC 29206
Home: (803) 782-4520
Voice Message: (803) 296-5789

Menlo Vacuum & Fix-it Shop
1179 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 322-9333

Repair Shack
Springfield Ave
Berkeley Heights, NJ
ask for Scott, one of the owners

Donald Kehoe
McNichols Electric Service
13725 West McNichols
Detroit MI 48235
800 562 4226

in Burbank- ARC repair, (818) 848-9998

Post# 999112 , Reply# 8   7/2/2018 at 22:06 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Hi Bill, hopefully you can find a replacement element, you may have to take it from another GETO. Take yours apart first to see if you can even easily replace the element, on later GETOs the element connections were welded in place and you had to use special connectors to replace them.


Also use caution with this GETO, this is the model that caused thousands of home fires, when something accidentally gets set on the start button the elements will never shut off and can easily set items above and nearby on fire, one of our customers got a whole new kitchen and their home remodeled after she brought groceries home and a bag got pressed against the start button and started a fire when she went back out of the house.


I would always unplug this GETO after ever use if you fix and keep it.


John L.

Post# 999236 , Reply# 9   7/3/2018 at 20:10 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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Scoots, I have one I do not use anymore, I will message you

Post# 999238 , Reply# 10   7/3/2018 at 20:16 by Searsbest (Attleboro, Ma)        

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Scoots, for some reason I cannot message you,give me your e-mail I would be happy to send the toast-r-oven to you.

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