My stove top tea kettle doesn't whistle
I have a Pafltzgraff Monaco stovetop tea kettle. It no longer whistles. Is there any way to fix it? I'd buy a new one if I could find that pattern.
My first question would, does it fully heat up and boil? Steam vapor blowing out causes the whistle. Has the top been damaged or lost any parts?
I soaked the top of my teapot in 50:50 hot water and vinegar to remove hard water deposits. When that wasn't enough, I removed the screw inside the lid that held the "whistler". This was aluminum and still was a little roughness on the underside from deposits. I scrubbed it with non abrasive dish scrubber and the hot water and vinegar. I paid special attention to the edge where the cut outs were to make it whistle. When I replaced the aluminum piece, I lined up the cut outs with the holes on the top. I found I had to tighten the screw to slightly less than tight There needed to be a little room for the piece to vibrate. It worked fine after that.
I just fixed mine this morning. First, I ran a needle through the whistle hole and moved it around the edges of the hole to loosen anything built up there. This did not, however, work . . . until I, then, ran the whistle area under the faucet. Now, it whistles, again! Total cost of the repair: $0.00.
I am usually not very "handy," so this might end up being both my first and last post to this website.
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