Solve Blender Problems Quickly and Easily
Blender repair is not hard. Many blender problems can be solved quickly and easily without an expensive trip to the store. Find out some easy fixes.
A blender is an essential tool for any household kitchen. They can be used to make food preparation easier and faster. They are most commonly used to make smoothies and ice cream treats, mix ingredients, make dips, or chop and puree food. You will want to take good care of this item to ensure that it has the longest possible life span, but occasionally it will malfunction and you will need to know a little about blender repair.
You should learn how to fix minor blender problems on your own, as taking it to a repair shop would likely cost you more in labor than the blender is worth. Very few small appliances are worth taking to a repair shop. Usually a problem is quite simple and easily fixed if you know what to look for. You may be tempted to immediately trash an appliance this small when it has an issue; however, take the time to try a few solutions in blender repair before you determine that this is a necessary step to take.
The most common problem with modern day blenders occurs when there is a leak at the base of the jar top. This can pose a real problem, especially if you are working with liquids and foods with a runny consistency. Usually the reason for a leaky jar is the rubber gasket. Examine this part of the blender closely and search for tears or cracks. If you find even the smallest damaged spot on the gasket, this is most likely the problem and will make for an easy blender repair. You can purchase a new gasket at most home discount stores, appliance shops, or through our BlendersReviews.net Parts Store (coming soon).
If it appears that the gasket is not damaged in any way, check the blades to ensure that they are properly installed and assembled. Look closely at the blade points to determine if they are bent or broken. The blade may be damaged, which would cause a leak. You can purchase and replace this part very simply as well.
Perhaps you turn the blender on and you realize that it is trying to operate, but the blades are not turning. In this case, something is probably clogging the blade area and hindering it from functioning properly. Take the entire blender apart and clean each individual part well before reassembling.
If it still is not running properly, turn the blades to see if they move easily. If it is difficult to turn, you can try soaking this part in soapy water overnight. This will help break up any particles that may be lodged in the blade crevices and help you to clean it out. After soaking, use a small brush to clean the blade part carefully. Rinse it with hot water and dry it. Use a little white grease to lubricate the blade shaft. If the blade is still not turning easily, it most likely will have to be replaced entirely.
If your blender is plugged into an outlet and still will not operate, it is always a good idea to check the outlet first to ensure that it is working. If there is no problem with your power source, there could be something wrong with the cord or the plug. Use a continuity tester to determine if the blenders cord needs to be replaced. If this check does not reveal a problem, the plug is most likely the faulty piece. This is relatively simple and inexpensive to fix.
Occasionally a few of the different functions or buttons on a blender will start being stubborn and refuse to work at all, while others seem fine. These types of blender problems may well be caused by food that is encrusted around the buttons. Many blender models will allow you to remove the label around the button area, which will give you the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning. Some blenders will also require that you remove a hex nut to reveal the lower housing area and access the buttons for easy blender repair. Use a small brush such as a toothbrush to clean thoroughly around them, and replace all the parts. You may be surprised to find that this is all that was necessary to fix the malfunctioning buttons and complete the blender repair. However, if they are still not working, you may need to consider a new blender.
A failed motor is another common issue that may arise with a blender. This is so common because these motors are not designed for power, but for speed. Think back to the last time your blender was used. If you overloaded it with hard to process foods, this may have killed the motor. If you have tried all other methods of blender repair to no avail, you can be pretty sure that this is probably why the blender is not working, in which case you would be better off to find a new blender. At other times, the fuse cartridge could pose an issue. Try replacing the fuse to determine if this is the problem.
It is always a good idea to consider checking your owner’s manual and other papers that came with your blender. If it is not a very old appliance, it may still be under warranty. Even if the warranty is no longer valid, many times if you simply contact the company and ask, they will send a replacement part free of charge. If this does not solve the problem, and your blender has not had a long life, they may even replace it. You never know until you ask. Most companies want to keep satisfied customers and a good reputation and they will work to maintain that.
Many of these blender problems are most easily prevented by maintaining your blender properly each time it is used. Keeping it clean and free of food particles will help immensely in reducing and avoiding any issues that may arise. You should properly clean a blender after every single use. Fill the jar half full of soapy water and run it for a few seconds. Then run it with clean water to rinse. This will clean all the inner workings and help your blender run better for longer.