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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2016

Large toaster oven no longer works on two outlets, but works on one; all outlets work lamps.

All outlets in kitchen.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Assuming you mean the same outlet works with a lamp but not the toaster oven, sounds like could be a prong contact issue - bent prongs on the oven, or bent or burned contacts in the outlet which will not pass enough power for the oven to work right. Or remotely possible the wire connection to the oven is bad, and only that one outlet lets the cord hang at the right angle to for the wires in the connector or inside the wire to make contact - which would be a VERY dangerous situation. Check for loose or bent prongs on the cord that could be the problem - if the cord is bad, an Appliance Repair - Small shop can fix it.

If you mean it trips out the breaker or GFCI on two outlets but not the third, then sounds likely that you have a breaker or GFCI going bad - or the third outlet does not have a GFCI and the toaster oven has an internal fault tripping the GFCI's. With two outlets not working and one is, sounds like it is possible the third outlet is on another circuit - commonly each over-counter "wall outlet" strip of outlets in a kitchen is on a different circuit - so could be swapping to the third outlet put you on a different circuit and that is why it works there.

One other remote possibility but I have seen for this sort of issue is the oven, if it works for a bit but then quits, is that because it pulls a lot of power it is heating up a connection that then opens up or pulls away, breaking contact until the wire or connection cools back down and remakes contact. The lamp, being low amperage, might not heat the wire enough to cause it to break contact. This sort of problem could be located anywhere from the oven to the breaker box, and can be very dangerous because ofthe localized heating and likely arcing as the contact or wire makes and breaks contact - so again, should be repaired before the oven is used any more.

And to be on the safe side, avoid using any other high-amperage devices like toasters, coffee makers, waffle irons, clothes irons, etc (or preferably any device at all if avoidable) on those two outlets untill the problem is tracked down and fixed.

Tracking down the problem - probably in the $100-200 range, plus from $25-100 more if a bad outlet or cord or outlet GFCI, possibly more if a flaw hidden in the wiring in the wall or a defective connector or breaker in the breaker panel.

An Electrical contractor can test the toaster oven and outlets and figure out what is going on - and I would definitely NOT use it until the problem is solved, especially with a high-demand item like that.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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