Cuisinart Toaster Oven Not Turning On (with fixes)

You might wake up one morning, put a waffle in the toaster, turn it on, and nothing happens!

You’re used to hearing a welcoming “ding,” but this time there is none, and the display is still dark.

How then do you deal with a toaster oven that won’t turn on?

Do you choose to recycle the Cuisinart oven toaster, or do you choose to fix it?

In this article, we will go over why your Cuisinart oven isn’t turning on and what you can do to fix it.

Cuisinart Toaster Oven Not Turning On (with fixes)

Common causes of your Cuisinart toaster oven not turning on include the power supply, power cord, or faulty internal parts.

Common causes of Cuisinart Toaster Oven not turning on

  1. Power Supply Issues
  2. Blown Fuse
  3. Faulty Switch
  4. Faulty Door Mechanism
  5. Faulty Internal Wiring

Let’s go over the causes in greater detail below.

Power Supply Issue

If your Cuisinart Toaster oven does not appear to be turning on, even after plugging it in and turning it on, you may have a power supply problem or a tripped circuit breaker.

Follow the solutions mentioned below to solve this issue.

Possible Solution(s):

  • Might sound obvious but turn on a light to ensure that the house has power.
  • Check your power switch by turning it on and off to make sure the machine is getting power
  • First off, check if the power cable has been plugged in properly in a socket that works.
  • To do so, you can try plugging in the machine in a different socket.
  • It’s also a good idea to make sure the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped and is allowing the power supply to the socket.
  • Examine the power cord for any damage and that it is neatly connected to the appliance.
  • If the problem persists, there is an internal electrical fault with the circuit board or switches, which require a professional to be fixed.

If the issue isn’t with the power supply, make sure nothing is preventing the door from completely closing.

It could have been a food crumb or morsel that fell. After you’ve checked this, move on to the next possible issue:

A thermal fuse that has blown or a faulty main control switch.

Blown Fuse

A digital multimeter is required to determine whether the fuse has blown. Take note of the reading by touching the fuse’s wire leads with the multimeter probes.

If you get a low value, such as zero or a few ohms, it means the fuse is continuous and thus working properly.

If the reading is extremely high, such as several Megohms, consider the fuse blown.

Similarly, if the multimeter needle does not move, the thermal fuse is faulty because it is not conducting electricity.

If the fuse is faulty, remove it and replace it with one of the same capacity. A can of compressed air is used to remove any debris from the assembly.

Faulty Switch

The main switch in the toaster oven activates the ‘on’ and ‘off’ solenoid switch, which controls the power flowing into the toaster oven heating element.

In toaster ovens, a faulty toaster main switch is a common problem. Fortunately, a nonfunctional toaster oven main switch can be easily repaired with cleaning.

Just get a damp cloth, and clean away any food debris or grease from the switch and knobs.

If your Cuisinart oven toaster is still not working, then proceed to the next step

Faulty Door Mechanism

For the cooking function to work, the oven door must be properly closed.

As a result, we recommend that you examine the spring. The spring mechanism is required to open and close the oven door.

However, if the spring is damaged or broken, the oven door will not close tightly.

Best to contact a technician to replace the oven door’s spring mechanism.

Faulty Internal Wiring

Internal wiring failure caused by a loose connection or worn-out wiring could be the cause of the toaster oven not turning on.

This will not be known until the appliance is disassembled.

It is best to leave this to a qualified technician to assess.

Other Common Cuisinart Toaster Oven Problems

Below are common Cuisinart toaster oven problems

Cuisinart Toaster Oven Not Heating Up

If your Cuisinart toaster oven won’t heat up, it’s probably because you chose the wrong temperature settings or that the bake element is damaged.

Check that you have selected the correct temperature setting to resolve this issue. If the problem persists, seek the assistance of a qualified technician.

Cuisinart Toaster Oven Blowing Smoke

The most common cause of Cuisinart toaster oven blowing smoke is food and debris caught on the element, which starts to burn.

If they are brand new and still have their factory coating, they can smoke as well.

Finally, if dust accumulates inside toasters from infrequent use, they may start to smoke.

Resolving this issue is just a matter of cleaning the elements after each use.

Cuisinart Toaster Oven Timer Not Working

The most common cause of a Cuisinart toaster oven timer not working properly is a faulty internal spring.

To resolve this problem, carefully inspect the timer for any flaws and seek assistance from a qualified appliance technician.

Worth Replacing Cuisinart Toaster Oven Problems

If your Cuisinart toaster oven is broken and out of warranty, you should consider whether it is cheaper to replace than to repair it.

Based on manufacturer recommendations, we estimated the lifespan for when it is cheaper to replace after 1 year

A toaster oven has a life expectancy of 2-8 years, depending on the model, frequency of use, and how well it is maintained.


This brings us to the end of the article on how to troubleshoot any Cuisinart toaster oven issues you may be having.

Cuisinart toasters are well-made reliable appliances, and their toaster ovens are no different.

Unfortunately, as with all appliances, problems will arise, hopefully later rather than sooner.

All the best

Cheers, Kenny

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