Over time, even the best kitchen blenders will start to show damage. This is especially true if you use your blender every day to make thick shakes. Today, in our throwaway society, we quickly discard a product at the first sign of a malfunction. In general, it is not worth taking small appliances like blenders to a repair shop to get them fixed. But before you deliver your blender to the landfill and buy a new one, there are several quick and easy repairs you can do yourself. It’s certainly worth taking the time to do these checks to see if you can get your blender working again.
One of the most common problems you will encounter with your kitchen blender is leaks. Even the highest rated blenders from blender reviews will start to have this problem eventually. The cause lies in the o-ring or gasket located at the bottom of the blender jar, where the blade assembly and housing reside. Over time, the rubber gasket begins to wear out. If the leak from the blender is coming from the glass jar and not from the bottom, there is likely a crack in the jar and you will need to replace it. However, the gasket is likely to have a lower leak. To inspect it, you will need to unscrew the blender jar’s blade housing and remove the rubber o-ring. Then you can look for leaks and tears in the rubber of this ring. This part is easily replaceable and only costs a few dollars. You can find it online or at most home appliance or discount stores.
Another common problem with blenders will occur with the blades. In this case, the motor will start to run, but the blades will rotate too slowly. If this happens, the likely cause is something obstructing the blade assembly area. You will need to take the assembly apart and clean everything thoroughly with a scrub brush. There is probably a build-up of food that slows down the blades. Soaking everything for a few hours in detergent will also help dissolve any food or dirt particles that have built up over time. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to make sure it’s okay to do this for your particular brand of blender. You may also want to add some white or WD-40 grease to the bottom of the blade assembly (not in the areas where you will put food, of course). If all of this doesn’t work, you’ll probably have to replace the entire assembly, which can also be purchased online or from most appliance retailers.
Another problem you may have with your kitchen blender is the buttons or the control panel. Buttons often get stuck. This is probably due to food and drink getting into the button area and causing them to get stuck. Even if you are careful and clean the buttons and control panel thoroughly, over time, food particles will accumulate. Many blender models will allow you to remove the control panel cover so you can clean behind it. You can use a toothbrush here to help it get into all the crevices. Some blender models will also allow you to remove the screws on the bottom of the unit and take out the bottom case area so you can access the buttons more easily. Be sure to check your owner’s manual if you need to do this. Often times, all your blender needs is a good cleaning to get the buttons working again.
This information should help you solve the most common minor blender problems. Keep in mind that often a simple repair or replacement will save you the expense of buying a new blender. It is also much better for the environment to repair something than to simply throw it away.