Blenders are incredibly powerful kitchen tools that can help you break down solid foods into smoothies, juices, dips and sauces. However, they are not without fault. Here are some of the most common problems I’ve encountered with blenders.
Your blender may not be working due to a broken fuse, a jammed button, an overheated motor or a leaking container. Luckily, the majority of these problems are easy to diagnose and fix.
In this article, I’ll be explaining in depth the problems I’ve encountered while using my blender at home, how these problems are caused (to help you prevent them from happening again in the future) and the methods I’ve used to successfully fix them so hopefully you can do the same.
If your blender is still in warranty, I’d advise against trying to fix it as you may void the warranty when doing so. Instead, contact the manufacturer and the store you purchased it from to get a refund or replacement.
If your blender is no longer in warranty then hopefully one of these quick solutions will help you fix it. When looking to fix your blender be sure to unplug it from the wall so there’s no electric current being passed through to the device.
Common Problems With Blenders + Solutions
Below are some of the most common generic problems with blenders, and a number of solutions that I’ve found often rectify these issues.
Blender Won’t Power On
If your blender doesn’t power on you need to determine whether or not power is being directed to the blender or not. This can demonstrate whether or not it’s an issue with the plug/power or whether it’s an issue with the blenders mechanisms/buttons not working.
If you’re blender has an electronic screen, or a power light button then you’ll know if the machine is receiving power if this lights up.
If your machine doesn’t light up or show signs of power then this may demonstrate it’s an issue with the plug socket you’re using. In which case you could try moving your machine to another electrical outlet.
Otherwise, it could be an issue with the fuse. Fuses are relatively easy to replace and can be purchased online or in the majority of grocery stores and hardware stores.
This could also demonstrate a problem with the wire which connects the plug socket to your machine. Check to see if there are any cuts in the wires or any signs of damage.
There are two likely causes of your machine being unable to blend if it is showing some signs of power. These are; something being jammed in the blender which has caused it to be unable to receive power within the internal components / motor.
Alternatively, it could be that the button is simply jammed and as a result when turned into the ‘on’ position it’s unable to trigger the electrical sequence of events which result in your blender starting.
Before attempting to rectify this issue you’ll want to unplug your blender. Have a careful look in the components you can see at eye level to see if you notice any damage, this could be something as simple as a piece of the plastic coming off or getting stuck in the trigger for the motor.
Try wiggle the on / off button to ensure it’s moving as you might expect. If you’re able to find the problem then you may be able to carefully fix it without causing any further damage to your machine.
However, if your blender is within warranty I’d advise against attempting to fix it yourself as you’ll likely void the warranty as a result. Instead, I’d contact the manufacture and/or the company you purchased the blender for in order to get a replacement.
Blender Stops Working Mid Use
The cause of a blender stopping while being used is often caused as a result of an overheated motor. Blenders are fitted with a thermal fuse, when the motor reaches a certain temperature the fuse is triggered which cuts out the power on the machine to prevent overheating and permanent damage.
If you find that your blender has stopped working during the blending process simply unplug it at the mains switch and wait 15 minutes or so for the motor to cool down and the fuse trigger to be reset.
The size and density of your foods, as well as the duration of time required to blend them, are all major factors in whether you’ll cause your blender’s motor to overheat. I’ve found the best way to prevent this from happening in the future by either blending them on a slower speed or chopping the hard foods with a knife prior to blending.
Blender Is Leaking
Blenders are designed in three parts;
1. The motor, this is often the base of the machine.
2. The blade which has two sides, the side with the blade which will go inside your container and the otherwise which have ridges on which connect to the base of the blender from which the motor powers to spin the blade.
3. The container. Your ingredients will go into here and the blade will screw onto the top before being connected to the base of the machine.
Leaks from the blender can occur as a result of a number of things however, the most common is unsurprisingly people not screwing on the blade tight enough.
The blade screws on and seals the ingredients inside of your container to prevent them from spilling out. It’s important this is on nice and tight otherwise it may come loose and your ingredients will be thrown all over your kitchen.
If this doesn’t work I’d suggest removing the ingredients from the container and running the container and the blade through water so you can see where the leak is coming from.
This may give you an indication on whether the leak can be fixed or whether or not you simply need to replace one of the parts. If your blender has been manufactured recently and is no longer in warranty then you maybe able to get a replacement part either second hand online or from the manufacture (I’d suggest contacting them for further information).
If your blender is still in warranty then I’d suggest contacting the manufacturer and they should be able to either replace the part or the entire blender unit for you.