Sometimes, thing just have a way of creeping up on you. Weeks or months or years go by, and while you are getting amazing uses out of your handy food processor, the natural course of its life and its continuous use by you causes it to wear down more and more over time. This is a natural part of the lifespan of almost any kitchen appliance, and it is almost certainly something you have encountered before with anything from toasters, to blenders, to coffee makers, and food processors are no exception either. Every machine will have difficulties throughout its time in your kitchen, but your ability to diagnose and subsequently correct those problems can have a huge impact on how much you end up spending in your kitchen. Why go the common route and replace an entire machine when there is a cheap, quick fix you can do yourself? Getting into this mindset is what can really take your skills up to being a kitchen pro.
So, you go to use your Kitchenaid food processor one day, and you have all of your ingredients ready to go. You throw everything into the bowl, and confidently hit the “on” button like you have so many times before. However, instead of hearing the familiar whirring of the blades spinning to life, followed by the sound of your food being finely ground up, there is only silence, and your food remains unacceptably whole. You try pressing the button a few more times, but nothing changes. You give the machine a few good smacks on the sides, but even that doesn’t fix it for you. So, you are left wondering: what on earth can you do about this now? Because missing out on the delicious meal you had planned tonight is NOT an option.
Finding and Fixing Your Problem
Once you give your Kitchenaid processor a quick once-over, you will most likely notice a red light on the front. When you see this red light, that will let you know that there is definitely a problem that needs to be dealt with, as if you did not know that already. Basically, this little red light is the machine’s way of telling you that something is wrong with it. While it is very unfortunate that your machine is having some troubles, this red light indicates that the machine is at least working well enough to diagnose that something is wrong, so there is still hope! And if you are the type of person who enjoys troubleshooting and finding solutions to problems, this will be a very fun process for you.
There are a few things that could go wrong. There are more possibilities, but it is typically one of the basic things: a problem with the electronics, a problem with the wiring, or a problem with the physically parts of the machine. If you have a particularly high-tech food processor, with a multitude of different buttons and settings, chances are there is some kind of electronic system in there that is responsible for making everything work, and these can be particularly sensitive to damage. Every food processor, as long as it runs of electricity, uses wires.
These wires connect the buttons to the blades and other parts of the machine, and are responsible for actually transporting the energy needed for things to run. These are also susceptible to damage, and if one of these is frayed, twisted or severed, you are looking at some very involved wiring work that you might want to leave up to someone who knows what they’re doing, or else you risk an electrical fire somewhere down the line. So, unless you have the experience with this particular problem, ask for help.
If something is wrong with the machine physically, such as the blades being warped, jammed, or otherwise damaged, there isn’t much you can do at home about that either without possessing some serious in-depth skills. So now may be a good time to check up on your warranty, if you bought your food processor with one, and make a few calls to Kitchenaid! You can typically get a replacement part sent, or, if you are lucky, be able to have your food processor fixed or replaced entirely with a new working one!
A common issue for kitchen appliances, that you may have come across before in the past, can be the plug for the machine itself. Oftentimes, if you are not careful about how you pull the appliance’s plug out of the electrical outlet, you can end up wearing it down over time and eventually severing the connection entirely, causing issues with powering.
If you often find yourself pulling on the cord to take it out of the wall instead of firmly grabbing the head of the plug to pull it out of the socket, there is a good chance this could be your issue. Like we said, do not go messing with wires unless you have the proper training to do so, but you can practice taking care of your machines for the next time. Remember to always grasp the plug by the plastic head that plugs into the wall, and firmly pull it straight out of the wall socket in order to ensure no damage is done to your food processor’s plug.
Still Not Working?
If you try all of these solutions, don’t have a warranty available to you, and you still just cannot seem to get your food processor working no matter what you try and no matter how many smacks you give it, it may very well be time to retire your machine and buy a new one. If you think that this machine lasted you a very short amount of time, it may be worth spending a little bit more money in the future to get a higher-quality appliance that will last you for years and years to come. But, if you’ve had your current processor for years, found it reliable, and are sad to see it go, you can always buy another one just like it!