Hi, my name is Mike and I have been in the home improvement and repair field for 20 years. I will be very glad to help you today. Yes, if the element is broken that is exactly what would happen. Do you have a multi-meter and do you know how to use it?
If you check the continuity on the element that will tell you everything. If there is no continuity then the element is needing replacement.
But when you plug it in the main trips?
If you plug anything else into the same plug it does not trip?
If the socket is fine then the issue is the thermal resistor in the toaster. The thermal resister is not working and the toaster heats until it trips the breaker.
I see. Have you already taken it apart then?
Do you know how to solder electronics?
It would sound as if there is a short or cold solder joint on the timer that is causing it to short. If you find any solder joints that look dull instead of shiny those would be the cold solder joints that need touching up.
Internally there are solder joints on the board and timer and the power board. You will have to do surgery to find the issue though.
Is your plan to repair it? You will have to go a little further into disassembling it to see what is at issue.
I am not sure why you have rated me badly. What I am suggesting is just how the fault would be found.
It is not complicated. I explained what to do and if you take it to a repair shop they are going to do the same. I am an expert in repair just like anyone in a repair shop would be. There is not a reset button or anything that can be pushed or reset. I am willing to help you fix your toaster and have been helping you. I guess that translates to bad service then?