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Jul 21, 2014 10:24 AM

Induction burner warning.

I bought a Fagor induction burner so that I can get used to cooking with induction. In our next home, when we move I am planning on installing a induction cooktop.

My Fagor worked just fine, for awhile, and I was happy with it. Lately when it gets up to the temperature is shuts down. My DH did some research about the model that we have. It turns out that it is a common issue and that Fagor does not want to do anything about it. Just a heads up.

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  1. Bastards. The least they can do is give you a new unit.

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    1. Just to give you an alternate option--are you positive the unit is shutting down as opposed to it blowing a fuse? Before we got the kitchen re-wired, our single induction burner (not Fagor) would blow a fuse if I turned on any other appliance on the same circuit.

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      1. re: gourmanda

        Yeah, it is not a fuse and lately it happens every time we use it.

        1. re: Candy

          I'm sorry to hear that and sorry that they won't stand behind their product :(

      2. Hi, Candy:

        I'm sorry to hear that. I would have thought Fagor would have better build quality (as compared with others like Nu-Wave, Max Burton, etc.).

        If you don't mind my asking, how much did you pay for the unit, and how long was it in service?

        Your story is a good argument for spending a little more for a Vollrath or CookTek commercial-grade unit. These seem to have bigger (read cooler) cases, fewer useless frills, and simple controls.

        I'll spare you my rant about electronics, which by now you should know by heart. But I'm still sorry for you.


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        1. re: kaleokahu

          I dunno. My cheapo unit - single burner induction cooker cost me about USD30 - works great after two years, even with a massive oil spill all over it. Cheap isn't necessarily bad or more likely to go bellyup.

          1. re: LMAshton

            Hi, LMAshton: "Cheap isn't necessarily... more likely to go bellyup."

            With electronics it is. It's the closest thing to what philosophers call an a priori synthetic truth.

            Glad you're having good luck with yours, though.


            1. re: kaleokahu

              Hi Kaleo,

              It's all about statistics isn't it. If you have one unit and it works you have 100% success rate, if you have one unit and it fails, you have 100% failure rate. But, if you have a thousand units and one fails you only have 0.1% failure rate, but who owns that many units? You have to play the odds and if you have enough data points, you usually get what you pay for, not that you can't have a good Cheap unit or a bad Expensive unit, but the odds are better if you spend more.

              1. re: mikie

                Hi, mikie:

                Excellent points, all.

                "...the odds are better if you spend more."

                Pretty much, when every penny (or yuan) shaved in the cost of production makes some unaccountable someone rich. With more expensive goods, at least there is *some* incentive to make things durable and robust, and stand behind them.

                Still, the odds of electronics failing in a luxury appliance completely sans electronics is zero. Likewise, the chances of an electronic failure being a CATO failure is naught.

                I feel the same way about most things that are battery-powered, too, so color me a Luddite.


          2. re: kaleokahu

            I bought it on Amazon over a year ago. I bought it because it was a Fagor and they are generally a reliable brand.