Opening my toaster oven


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Old 04-05-22, 01:25 PM
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Opening my toaster oven

I have a toaster oven a few years old and I know I should buy a new one, but I still want to try cleaning it inside. It often shuts off before it's supposed to unless I aim a fan on it and I'm hoping cleaning it will help keep it cool. It drips grease from parts unseen.

I removed dozens of screws including two that needed a star bit. I just left some screws on the inside of the oven on the side where the controls are because the sheet metal gives when I press a screwdriver against that side and I think they probably aren't holding the outer cover on. I think maybe I'm done with the screws and I just have to manipulate it correctly. Do the latches in the photos tell you anything? Toaster ovens are openable, aren't they?


 
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Old 04-05-22, 02:18 PM
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Go onto the web for appliance parts and enter your make and model. Many sites have an assembly drawing identifying parts that may give you a clue on how to disassemble.
 
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Old 04-05-22, 02:31 PM
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It's a Black & Decker TO3280SSD. I'm trying to find a diagram online.
 
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I could not find a parts listing or exploded view of that model.

Typically the bottom comes off first.
Remove screws from the back and the cover slides rearward.
B/D TO3280SSD
 
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Old 04-07-22, 01:06 PM
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I got it opened. When I unscrewed the back (or the bottom...I forgot) there were still sheet metal tabs that were holding it together. I finally figured out how they work. Each tab is inserted in a hole, then part of the tab is bent to anchor the tab in place. I had to wedge a screwdriver where each tab was, which straightened out the bent part of the tab, allowing it to come out of the hole. I hope those tabs don't play an important role in electrically joining the sections of the case for grounding purposes because I don't think I'll be spreading out those tabs again when I put it together.

The fan compartment and all the electronics seemed clean enough. I cleaned a totally blocked vent while the fan housing was slightly separated from the wall of the oven so the grease wouldn't fall inside. I didn't remove the fan housing totally because a heat shield was in the way and I didn't want to desolder the wires that prevented me from removing the shield, and I couldn't unplug the wires from the heating elements for some reason. I'm not sure if they were soldered on and I didn't want to force them. I'll finish reassembling it tonight,


Annoying latches seen clearly in photo to right. I don't think I'll be re-securing them when put back together.
 
 

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