A toaster is one of the most commonly used appliances in the home. Therefore, you have to make sure your toaster works reliably. There is a good chance that multiple people in the home use the toaster every day. Furthermore, it is entirely possible that the morning routine of your family could grind to a halt if the toaster is not working properly. 

If your toaster is not heating up, there are a number of possible reasons why this might be happening. All of them have to do with either the mechanical or electrical components of the toaster, so this is the first branch point. Then, you need to investigate the individual components at the toaster to figure out what the problem is.

Even though this requires a lot of research, we have already done a lot of this for you. So, take a look at a few possible reasons why your toaster might not heat up. Then, put an end to this problem! 

Materials Needed

You will need a number of materials to test whether your toaster is a dud. First, you need to have access to your toaster. Then, you will need to have a cloth, a brush, a wooden handle, and a multimeter. Once you have collected all of these materials, it is time to take a closer look at your toaster.

How To Find Out if Your Toaster Is a Dud: 5 Steps

There are a number of reasons why your toaster might not be working properly. Therefore, you’ll need to follow the individual steps below. They include:

Step #1 Is Your Toaster Plugged In?

Is Your Toaster Plugged In
Don’t forget to plug in your toaster

First, you must make sure your toaster is plugged in. Of course, this sounds obvious, but it is still something that you need to check. There are a lot of people who forget to make sure their toaster is plugged in properly.

If your toaster is not plugged into the wall, you will not have any power flowing to it. Therefore, your toaster is not going to heat up at all. It does not necessarily mean that your toaster is a dud. It simply means you have to make sure the toaster is plugged in.

So, go ahead and do exactly that. Plug in the toaster and see if it is working properly. If a toaster is plugged in, and it is still not working properly, you should take a look at the cord and the outlet

First, test and see if the outlet is working properly. You can plug another device into the outlet to see if it turns on. If the other device turns on, you know the outlet is working properly. If the other device does not turn on, there is probably a problem with the outlet.

If the outlet is working properly, there might be a problem with the toaster itself. Take a look at the cord and make sure it looks intact. If the toaster does not look damaged, then it is time to look a bit closer at the toaster itself. It is possible you might have it done, but this is not yet guaranteed. 

Step #2 Is the Toaster Clean?

Next, you should check and see if the toaster is clean. If you have a dirty toaster, this could prohibit it from working properly. If you have been using your toaster for a long time, there could be a bunch of crumbs that are present in the toaster. If there are crumbs in the way, they could block some of the elements, preventing your toaster from working properly. 

Therefore, you should clean your toaster thoroughly. First, unplug your toaster from the wall. Then, take your toaster outside. Turn it upside down and give it a good whack on the bottom. This should knock out a bunch of crumbs blocking your toaster. You want to take the toaster outside because you do not want the crumbs to go all over your house. 

After this, take the toaster back inside and see if it gets hot again. If the toaster is heating up, you have solved the issue! If the toaster is still not getting hot, you may need to clean it more thoroughly. 

There should be a tray or pan you can disconnect from a toaster. Remove this tray, wash it thoroughly, and set it aside to dry. While it is drying, you may want to use a wooden spoon to knock off some of the crud in the toaster that may not have come off when you were outside.

Finally, now that you know that the toaster is clean, you can put it back together. If the toaster is working properly, you have solved the issue. If the toaster is still not working properly, you still do not know if it is a duck. It is time to move on to the next step. 

Step #3 Is the Lever Working Properly?

Is the Lever Working Properly
Push the lever down completely to activate the toaster

After this, you need to make sure the lever is working properly. There is a lever that you should have to push down to get the toaster to activate. If you are having a hard time getting the lever to go down, this could be the reason why the toaster is not working properly.

Of course, the first reason why the lever might not go down is that the toaster is not plugged in. Again, make sure you plugged in the toaster after the last steps. Otherwise, the lever is not going to work properly. 

If the toaster is still plugged in but the lever is still not going down, then there could be an issue with the magnet inside the lever. Usually, the lever stays down because it is connected to a magnet that is activated when you push it down.

You should take a closer look at the magnet. Take a screwdriver and remove the lever. Then, remove the exterior plate to take a closer look at the magnet. The most common reason why the magnet is not working properly is that it has gotten old. 

You probably use your toaster all the time. The more times you press the lever, the more damage the magnet is going to accumulate. Eventually, the magnet is going to crack, so you may need to replace it.

You can also test the magnet using another magnet. If the magnet in the toaster still has some life to it, this is not the issue. On the other hand, if a magnet is dead, then you need to replace it. 

Step #4 Check the Heating Element of the Thermostat

Now, we have ruled out all the possible mechanical issues. It is time to take a closer look at the electrical problems. If there is something wrong with the heating element of your toaster, then you know you have a dud. It is time to take a closer look at this possibility.

First, you will need to take a look at the manual to figure out what type of heating element you have. Then, you will need to test the heating element. To do this, you will need to remove the front of the toaster. That way, you can expose the individual heating elements.

Take a look at the heating elements themselves. See if they look odd, disfigured, or corroded. If they do, you have found your culprit. You will need to replace the heating element to fix your toaster.

If the heating elements look okay, then you should test them using a multimeter. A multimeter has been specifically designed to test the amount of power that is flowing between two points. You should get a reading that is above zero. If you get a reading that is 0 or close to it, then you know the heating elements are dead. It is time to replace them.

You will need to compare the cost of replacing the individual heating elements to the cost of replacing the entire toaster. It might be easier to get a new toaster. 

Step #5 Check the Fuses

Take a closer look at the fuse if it is busted

If the heating elements are okay, it is time to take a closer look at the fuse. The fuse is responsible for delivering power to your heating element. If the fuse in your toaster cuts off power to the heating element, it is not going to get hot. Even though this is put in place as a safety measure, there are situations where the fuse may shut off inappropriately

You need to look at the manual to figure out where the fuse controlling the heating elements is located. There is a good chance you will need to unscrew your toaster to expose the fuse. After this, you should visually inspect the fuse to make sure it looks okay. 

If the fuse looks okay, you should use the multimeter to test this as well. This should tell you if the fuse is still alive. If the fuse is dead, then you know you have a dud, and you will need to replace the fuse. Again, it may be cheaper to replace a toaster instead of the fuse. 

Find Out if Your Toaster Is a Dud

These are a few basic steps you need to follow to figure out if your toaster is a dud. Just because your toaster is not turning on does not necessarily mean you have a dud. It is important to look at mechanical issues before you start digging into the electrical wiring of your toaster. 

There are several electrical elements you need to test to figure out what is wrong with your toaster. In particular, you need to test the heating elements and the fuse. You need to make sure there is still power flowing to the electrical elements if you want your toaster to turn on. Remember that you always need to put safety first when you are working on your toaster. If you ever have questions or concerns about something you are doing with your toaster, you should reach out to a professional.