How to Fix a Toaster Oven. A toaster oven not only makes toast but can also heat food. Most toaster ovens allow you broil or bake food. Many of the problems that happen to a toaster oven occurs because of the heating elements, the thermostat or the power cord. Read on to learn how to fix a toaster oven.

Step 1

Unplug the toaster oven and let it cool before you test it or make any repairs.

Step 2

Pull the side panels away from the toaster oven.

Step 3

Inspect the elements on your toaster oven for damage and corrosion. Clean the dirty or corroded terminals. Test each element with a volt-ohm meter set on RX1. Your meter should read 10 to 18 ohms. Be sure to test both sets of elements separately. If your elements aren't working properly, replace the faulty elements.

Step 4

Check the timer on your toaster oven for continuity with a volt-ohm meter set on RX1. A good timer will show infinity when the timer is off and a zero ohms reading with the timer on. If your toast timer is faulty, your bread won't toast to its desired color. If the timer is not working properly, replace it.

Step 5

Clean your toaster oven. If your broiling rack slides poorly, your oven walls are probably dirty. Some ovens link a rack with the door, so that the rack slides forward when the door is opened. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations concerning lubrication. Clean your oven by shaking out all the crumbs and wiping the crumb tray with a damp cloth. Wash the walls of your oven with a rag filled with hot soapy water.

Step 6

Monitor your cooking times carefully until you understand how your oven behaves. Oven temperatures may not match the dial settings exactly.

Step 7

Check the power cord and plug of your toaster oven to make sure it is not frayed or broken. Replace your plug or cord if it appears damaged.