Thursday, July 9, 2009

Vintage Westinghouse Kitchen Timer Thing

One of the more unusual features in our 1955 ranch house is this Westinghouse kitchen timer and retractable electrical cord thing. I don’t know what this thing is called, but it is recessed into the wall and has a clock, kitchen timer, retractable electric cords, and electrical outlets. There are three of the retractable cords that each have a different plug to fit various vintage appliances.

The clock stopped working, but still makes a soft humming sound. We’d really like to get it repaired, if possible. The timer relies upon the clock working, so it isn’t functional at the moment, either. The electrical cords and outlets all work, though. I plugged in my vintage aluminum West Bend Flavo-Matic percolator and is was HOT in no time.

I’ve looked through 1950s magazines for ads, scoured the internet, and I’ve even searched Ebay for ads, manuals, anything. My search has come up completely empty-handed. Surely, someone out there has one like it. Any readers have any information about this Westinghouse kitchen timer thing?


Tim R. said...

The clock motor is a sealed unit that can't be opened without special tools. When the oil eventually turns to sludge the motor stops and hums. This is a very common problem with clocks and radios from the 40s and 50s.

The good news is that virtually every clock had the same motor and replacements are out there.

If you can obtain a schematic or details on the motor, it shouldn't be hard to find another.

Tim R. said...

I'm pretty sure most Westinghouse appliances from that vintage used the same clock motor.

These motors are sealed units and they often seize up after the oil turns to sludge.

This type of motor was used by almost everyone and replacements are out there. I lucked out and found some NOS timers at a surplus store with the same motor.

If you can find the schematic for a Westinghouse product from around the same era, it should have the specs on your clock and aid in finding a new motor.

Or if you feel ambitious you can slice the motor open, unstick the gears and replace the oil.

Good luck.

Jennie@Wedgwood Tulsa said...


Thanks for all the helpful information. I think we will try taking it apart to see if we can get the clock working again. If that doesn't work, we'll start searching for a replacement. Thanks again for the help!


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