Do you have a blender at home that you love to use daily, but suddenly stopped working? Like with any appliance, blenders can experience problems over time.
In this post, we will guide you through the troubleshooting process for common blender problems, including a blender that won't spin, a blender that won't turn on, and a faulty blender motor.
Keep reading to learn how to be your blender repair person, save some money and revive your blender!
With a little troubleshooting, you can save time and money by fixing a blender at home. Remember to check the blades, power supply, and motor, and always take safety precautions when taking apart and assembling the unit.
How To Fix A Blender
Before attempting to fix it, always consult your blender's instruction manual and understand how a blender works.
1. Fix A Blender That Won't Spin
If you turn on your blender and hear the motor run, but the blades aren't spinning, there are a few things you can do to fix the issue.
- Check if the container is firmly in place on the blender base.
- If it's not, the blender won't spin.
- Detach the blade shaft from the blender jar and check if the blades are securely attached to the unit.
- In case the blade assembly is part of the blender jar and cannot be detached, hold the jar upside down to take a closer look to check if the blades well attached to the blender jar.
- If you see any debris or food caught in the blades or blade base, use a brush to clean it out.
- Note: it does happen that kids throw an object in a blender that loosen or worse, damage the blades. If the blades are damaged, try to find a replacement for the blade unit.
- Over time, the sealing gasket (the rubber band inside the blade unit) can become worn or damaged, which can cause the blade assembly to loosen.
- To fix this, you'll need to replace the sealing gasket. Make sure to purchase the correct one for your blender model.
Blocked drive stud:
- A drive stud (located in the drive shaft on top of the blender base) connects the motor to the blade unit. It it blocks while the motor seems to work, the problem may be inside the motor shaft.
The motor shaft:
- If neither of these fixes works, there may be an issue with the motor.
- Unless you are a qualified technician, do not try to open the blender base to inspect the motor. However, if you are qualified, open and examine it.
- In case of debris or dust, simply clean it with a toothbrush.
- In case the motor is damaged, it's best to take your blender to a professional for repair. (Check your warranty coverage.)
2. Fix A Blender That Won't Turn On
If your blender is completely unresponsive and doesn't turn on, the issue may be related to the power supply.
Check if it's plugged in:
- We know it may sound obvious, but it's easy to forget!
- Power outages do occur. Check the lights and other electric appliances.
- Make sure that the switch is turned on, and inspect the power cord and check the power outlet.
- When the blender is plugged in, check the outlet is functioning by plugging in another device.
- Try resetting the unit by unplugging it for a couple of minutes and then plugging it back in.
A blown fuse:
- The blender's fuse may have blown.
- These are safety features that prevent the motor from overheating, so if a fuse has blown, it means your blender may have been overworked.
- To fix this, you'll need to replace the fuse.
- You can find a fuse online or at your local appliance store. Make sure you get the right type of fuse.
- If you are unfamiliar with the procedure to replace a fuse, and the instruction manual is of no help, don't try it: leave this to someone who is familiar with it.
3. Fix A Blender Motor
If your blender's motor is not functioning, it's best to take it to a professional for repairs. However, if you're an experienced DIYer, you can try fixing it yourself.
- If you hear a humming sound when trying to turn on your blender, but the blades won't spin, it may be an indication that the motor is not working correctly.
- Over time, the motor can become worn and may need to be replaced.
- To fix this, you'll need to purchase a new motor and install it in your blender.
- Make sure to research the correct motor for your blender model.
- If your blender smells like it's burning, the motor might be the culprit.
- Check to see if any tough food particles or debris are stuck between the blades and the base, which could cause the motor to overheat.
Tips & Tricks
To prevent blender issues from occurring, there are a few tips & tricks you can follow to handle a blender problem or fix a broken blender.
- Always ensure the blender is assembled correctly before use.
- Make sure not to overwork your blender by blending for too long or blending too large or tough ingredients.
- A common problem: often power cords that are squeezed in a small area can break. In other words, make sure the power cords have some space.
- Improper use can cause the motor to overheat and cause problems.
- Once you have identified and fixed the problem, it's time to put your blender back together.
- Make sure you have all the pieces lined up correctly and tightly screwed in place. This is especially important if you have taken apart the motor base and unscrewed internal components. This includes the often tiny screws holding the motor and blender base together.
- Test the blender.
- Make sure to clean your blender regularly, especially if you use it often, to prevent buildup and wear and tear.
- You can use warm water, dish soap, and a sponge to clean the blades, jar, and base.
- Be careful not to get any water near the motor and never submerge it in water.
Seek Professional Assistance
- It's best to take it to a professional for repairs to avoid causing further damage.
- Contact the manufacturer of your blender or the nearest repair service center for advice.
- There may be underlying issues with your blender that require a skilled technician's attention.
- Your blender may need to be replaced if it's already old and worn out.
It's essential to take safety precautions when dealing with electrical kitchen appliances and to ensure that your blender is unplugged before making any repairs.
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We hope this guide has helped guide you through how to fix common blender issues. With your blender in tip-top shape, you'll be able to create delicious smoothies, soups, and sauces with ease.