Juicers are incredibly powerful kitchen tools that can transform fruits and vegetables into liquid and pulp. However, over time they can develop faults or break entirely.
You may find your juicer isn’t working as a result of a damaged fuse, overheated motor, or because your speed is set too high. All eight of these issues I’ve covered in this article can be fixed easily with some adjustments to your juicing methods and by cleaning your juicer thoroughly.
If your juicer is still under warranty then I’d advise against trying to fix it as you may void the warranty when by so. Instead, I’d suggest you contact the manufacturer or the store you purchased it from to get a refund or replacement.
If your juicer is no longer under warranty then hopefully one of these quick solutions will help you fix it. When looking to fix your juicer be sure to unplug it from the wall so there’s no electric current being passed through to the machine.
Common Problems With Juicer + Solutions
Below are some of the most common generic problems with juicing machines, and a number of solutions that I’ve found often rectify these issues.
Juicer Won’t Power On
If you’re juicer won’t turn on then you need to determine whether or not it’s due to the power which is being directed from the plug to the juicer or an issue with the juicers buttons (such as the on/off switch).
If your juicer has a digital screen or a power light then you might be able to see if it’s receiving power from the plug.
If the juicer doesn’t show that it’s receiving power then it may be as a result of the plug. Begin by moving the unit to another electrical outlet to ensure it’s not the outlet you’re using that’s faulty.
If you’re still having trouble with your juicer receiving power then it could be as a result of the fuse inside the plug socket. Fuses are relatively easy to replace and can be purchased online or in the majority of grocery stores and hardware stores.
Be sure to check the wire prior to replacing the fuse in your juicer. You want to ensure it’s free of any damage (cuts or tears) which may cause the machine to be unable to receive power.
If your juicer is receiving power but unable to juice then it could be due to something being stuck in the juicers key components.
Alternatively, it could be that the on/off button is jammed. As a result, when turned to the ‘on’ position the juicer unable to trigger the electrical sequence of events to allow it to start. Try wiggle the on / off button to dislodge anything which might be stuck to it or inside of it.
The final reason you may find your juicer not powering on correctly is because of the safety locking arm. A number of juicers have a safety locking arm and these need to be fully engaged for the machine to work.
I suggest removing the container, checking for any debris and reattaching it ensuring that it’s fully locked into position to ensure this isn’t the issue.
Before attempting to rectify any of these issues I recommend unplugging your juicer.
However, if your juicer 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 juicer for in order to get a replacement.
Juicer Stops Working Mid Use
There are two reasons I’ve found that your juicer might stop working mid-use. The first, and perhaps the most common is a stalled motor.
Similar to a blender, a juicer is powered by a motor and excess strain caused by too much speed, heavy ingredients or use over an extended period of time can cause the motor to overheat and cut out to prevent further damage.
If this happens you’ll want to unplug your juicer from the wall outlet and leave the motor to cool down for around 10 to 15 minutes before plugging it back in and finishing your juice.
To prevent this from happening again in the future you should cut up large, heavy fruits and vegetables to reduce the motors strain, and aim to only juice fruits and vegetables on their designed speed. Most juicers will have details on this in the manual, however, if you no longer have the manual check out this guide.
You may also find that your juicer stops working mid-way through juicing due to pulp build up. If you find that wet pulp is built up underneath the juicer cover then this will slow and reduce the juicing action.
You can easily fix this issue by simply disassembling and cleaning the juicer. Especially the filter bowl, filter basket and juicer cover regularly.
Juicer Is Leaking
If you find your juicer is leaking then it’s likely the result of a dirty basket or your juicing speed being set too high.
If your juicing speed is set higher than required then juice may leak between the rim and the cover of the machine or juice may spray from the sprout rather than falling into the container below. To prevent this you’ll want to turn down the juicing speed and/or push the food through the chute at a slower rate.
You may also find that your juice is leaking as a result of a dirty filter basket. Check your basket for pulp or other debris and clean it thoroughly before using.
Juicer Isn’t Producing Much Juice
Your juicer may struggle to produce as much juice as it has done previously as a result of a full filter basket or as a result of pulp build up within the machine. The good news is that this issue can be rectified quickly and easily.
You’ll be able to see if your filter basket is full as it’s clear and on the external side of your juicer. If you find that this is the cause of your lower juice production simply remove the container and wash it thoroughly with soap and water.
If you find that some build-up is persistent then you may want to soak it in warm or hot water overnight to try and loosen this. If this seems to fix the issue but the issue reoccurs often then you may want to look at replacing the filter instead as these can wear down over time.