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Topic: OT Heat control on slow cooker (30 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have a problem with a West Bend slow cooker. It is the type with a
separate hot plate unit with an oval 4-qt pot that can be set upon the
hot plate unit.
The heat level of the hot plate is controlled by a knob without
notches, so that you can set it variably on any of infinite settings.
Or used to be able to do that. The last time I used it I noticed that,
though I had left it on a medium setting, it had moved on it's own to
full hot setting. I turned it back to medium but it walked back up to
full hot, taking only a minute or less to do that. Now that it is
cooled off, I notice that it turns much easier toward the hotter
setting than toward the cooler setting.
I opened it up and looked at the controller device. There are, I
believe, three parallel "plates". When the controller knob is turned,
the plates are pushed closer together or allowed to move farther
apart.
Is there any hope for this heat-control mechanism? Or should I sadly
toss the unit?
Thanks for any advice.
Brian
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