It was working fine yesterday; today, when I tried to make my semi-usual cheese toast breakfast, I was met with some inappropriate dinging and buzzing. I jiggled the little lever, tried again, and noticed the dinging and buzzing was accompanied by some blue sparks. I tried the oven setting knob, which made the toast lever ding, buzz, and spark. So, out it went. Because I'm no mechanical wizard, but I'm pretty sure that buzzing and sparking and the smell of melted wires are not a good thing when speaking of electrical appliances. I learned that lesson from the microwave.
So now I'm faced with the part I hate - trying to find a new toaster oven. Because I loved my toaster oven. As in, loved. It was the perfect size - just big enough for a loaf pan or a muffin tin or a tray of cheese biscuits. And it didn't take up much room, because it was more functional than decorative. It seems all the toaster ovens now have a lot of excess external area. I'm sure there's a better way to say that, but you know what I mean. And if you don't, just smile and nod. I'm used to it.
Any suggestions will be appreciated. I need to get one soon, because Toaster Oven is a necessary fixture around here.