Most teasmades are easy for the amateur mechanic to maintain and repair. If you would like to try to repair one yourself you can find several helpful experts on our Collectors pages on this site. If you’d rather not get mechanical, a good local clock repairer is normally your first port of call. Continue reading An Introduction to Repairs
These tips on caring for your vintage Goblin Teasmade are provided by our enthusuiastic teasmaniac, Doug. He writes: The Goblin Teasmade was designed and made in an era when things were built to last. Hence it is not unusual to find these appliances lasting for 15 to 20 years or more without attention. However, a little TLC can double or treble the teasmade’s active life. Here’s how. Continue reading Caring for a Vintage Teasmade
This article covers how to check a D25 type clock, and how you can fix any problems. The D25 type clocks are very well made indeed, and should last for centuries! Continue reading Clock Maintenance and Repair
Mike advises: for fabric cable for my D25 restoration I found some white iron flex in a DIY store in 2 metre lengths. To make it the right colour, I used Dylon fabric dye which is available in various colours. On the downside, the cable colours are slightly affected, so don’t tell the nannies!
If your teasmade is affected by limescale, this can be treated with a de-scaler from your local ironmonger or DIY shop. Furring of the kettle spout was a recurring complaint received by Goblin in the 1970s. In June 1971 Goblin’s Mr D M Barber summed up the company’s view on such complaints. Continue reading Furring of the Spout
By 1973 models were being made with both M4 and M8 clocks, both with beige thumbwheels. The M4 was used in the 855c and 855d. The M8 was used in the 853a, 854a, 855a, 854b and 855b. Continue reading Goblin Clock Movements M4 and M8
When your teasmade clock is working, the light is working, and everything else seems to be working, but for some reason the kettle just won’t boil, there are two likely explanations: Continue reading Kettle will not boil
Mike advises: Minute and hour hands were originally painted with luminous paint that was radioactive; the nannies have banned it. You can get luminous compound from clock material dealers. It is not always that good, so use it if you want, or use some dayglo green paint. Continue reading Luminous Paint
If your clock motor has stopped there are two possibilities. First try to see if the motor will turn freely. If the motor does not turn, it probably needs cleaning and lubricating. Continue reading Motor Assessment and Repair
Goblin occasionally received complaints about scum floating on the surface of the tea. Complaints peaked in 1971 when Goblin introduced a new type of teapot with a large open spout and no grill. The sudden influx of queries from the service department forced them to devote some of their not inconsiderable resources to understanding and hopefully minimising the problem. Continue reading Scum on the Tea
Spare parts and teapots for vintage teasmades are no longer manufactured. Your options are:
1) Long established electrical shops holding old stocks in their store rooms. If you own a Goblin you could try Hawkins Electrical in Penkridge, telephone 01785 714956. Gordon Hawkins carries a large stocks of parts, including many bought direct from Goblin when their models became obsolete.
2) Ebay – look for single parts for sale, and complete vintage teasmades which can be cannibalised.
3) Clock repairers may hold standard parts in stock.
4) More tips may be found in our other maintenance and repair pages.
I receive many enquiries about running UK made Teasmades in the USA and other countries. Back in the day, between 1976 and 1978, Goblin 860 Teasmades were available in the USA and spare parts were available from BSR Macdonald. Currently there is a US version of the Swan STM201, the Swan STM201US. Continue reading Using Teasmades Abroad
If your kettle seems to be boiling just fine, but the water only dribbles into the teapot and it takes forever to fill, there are two likely causes to investigate. The first thing I would check is whether the kettle is sealing properly. Look for signs of leaking or spluttering at the seams, joints, and around the lid, and listen out for localised hissing. If the kettle isn’t sealing, there will not be enough steam pressure to force the water through the spout. Another possibility is that your kettle is suffering from limescale build up in the kettle spout. See this page!