Skip to Content

Air Fryer Keeps Turning Off: How to Fix

Air fryers can create crispy goodness in just 30 minutes (in some cases) by using convection, which circulates hot air to cook the food and create a crispy layer on the outside. Along with most electrical appliances, there can sometimes be mechanical issues. For instance, what do you do when it keeps turning off? 

If your air fryer keeps turning off, it could indicate a few different issues. One of the most common causes is overheating. Check if the air fryer is placed on a level and stable surface and if the air vents are clear of any obstructions.

Another possible reason could be a faulty power cord or outlet. Check if the power cord is properly connected and if the outlet is functioning properly.

Additionally, a malfunctioning timer or control panel can also cause the air fryer to turn off unexpectedly. Check if the timer or control panel is functioning properly.

To fix the issue, try resetting the air fryer by turning off the power for a few minutes and then turning it back on.

If the issue persists, try cleaning the air fryer and removing any excess oil or debris. If the power cord or outlet is faulty, replace them. If the timer or control panel is faulty, replace them. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting and repairing your air fryer, it’s best to call a professional technician to diagnose and fix the issue.

Check the Power Cord Connection and Breaker

Check the Air Fryer Power Cord Connection and Breaker

Sometimes a mechanical issue can be caused by something as simple as a faulty cord connection. The first thing you should check when you are having problems with your air fryer is the power cord. 

Check to see if the cable is frayed or damaged in any place. This could contribute to a bad connection. Secondly, make sure the cord is inserted correctly in the plugin. It is very easy for a cord to become loose without anyone noticing. 

If both the power cord and connection are good, you can also check the circuit breaker of that particular plugin. A circuit breaker either needs to be reset or repaired. Before you investigate the breaker, remember to plug a few appliances to the plugin you have been using to make sure that it is, in fact, the plugin and not your air fryer that is the issue.

Make Sure There Are No Faulty Components

Make Sure There Are No Faulty Air Fryer Components

Another thing you can also do if your air fryer is not working properly is to check all of the individual parts of the air fryer to make sure nothing is damaged. Things to look for are loose parts, cracks in the equipment, or even missing pieces (especially if you have moved the air fryer multiple times).  

Something else that could be affecting the performance of your air fryer is a faulty door. After a few weeks or months of use, the air fryer door can become loose. This means that the door isn’t closing and clicking into place, which will prevent the air fryer from working correctly. If this happens to be the problem, check out this two-minute video below to fix it in only a few seconds: 

Contact Customer Service or Send It In for Repair Locally

Contact Customer Service or Send It In for Repair Locally

Sometimes there is just nothing you can do yourself to fix the machine. There are only so many things you can check before you realize the problem is something that is not detectable and easily fixed. Or, you have found the root of the problem but do not have the proper knowledge to fix it yourself. If your machine is still under warranty, simply call the company and send it in for repair or for a replacement. 

If the machine is not under warranty anymore, you can still send it for repair. Make sure to do some research and send it to a reliable repair company. Another thing to consider when researching repair companies is to weigh the cost of repairing with the price of a new air fryer. It might be worth buying a whole new machine if it will end up costing you over $100 to get repairs. 

If you are looking for a new air fryer machine, check out the COSORI Air Fryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart Air Fryer. This machine is easy to operate, has an affordable price, and is one of the most popular choices out there. 

Read the Air Fryer Instructional Manual

Read the Air Fryer Instructional Manual

Mechanical problems can stem from the misuse of a machine. Air fryers can be confusing to operate for the first time, which is why reading the instruction manual is vital. The product manuals will have a complete diagram of the machine as well an entire page(s) dedicated to safety rules. 

Additionally, the manual will have an extensive list of how to properly operate the machine, which will prevent damage due to misuse of the product. Lastly, there may be a solution to the problem you are having in the manual itself. 

Prevent Further Operational Problems by Taking Care of Air Fryer

Prevent Further Operational Problems by Taking Care of Air Fryer

An excellent way to prevent operational problems with your machine is to take care of the air fryer. Air fryers can be messy, especially if you decide to use oil. Even without oil, the fryer will have leftover food residue and grease after every use. 

These five easy steps will describe how to properly clean your air fryer, which is easier than you probably think. Let’s get cleaning!

  1. Unplug the air fryer and let it cool down. Never attempt to clean when it is hot or still plugged in, as this could be very dangerous. 
  2. Wipe the outside of the machine with a hot, wet washcloth. You can spray vinegar on your washcloth to remove unwanted bacteria from the outside of the machine.
  3. Clean the removable, inside components. To clean the inside components, hand wash them with hot water and soap. You can also put them in the dishwasher. 
  4. Use your tablecloth to wipe down the inside components that can’t be removed. Make sure to use a brush for the heating area above the basket. 
  5. Make sure all of the removable components are completely dry before putting the parts back into the air fryer. (This will include the pan, basket, and tray.)

If you follow these steps after every use, your air fryer will last longer and will have fewer mechanical problems. 

Practice Proper Maintenance Before Each Use

Practice Proper Maintenance Before Each Use

On top of cleaning your machine consecutively, you should also practice proper machine maintenance to prevent operational issues and to ensure a long life. Before every use, make sure that all of the components are clean and are not damaged. These components will include the cord, basket, tray, and pan. 

Secondly, make sure the appliance is on a level surface and is at least four inches from the wall and from any shelving above it. Another thing to remember, especially if you have not used the machine in a while, is to make sure that there is no food (or dust) in the basket. 

Last but not least, make sure the machine and the counter around it are completely dry. Air fryers are electrical machines, and any contact with water could end with damage or even injury. 

One last tip to remember is whenever you see smoke coming from the air fryer (which is a common problem), simply add a tablespoon of water or make sure to use less oil. 

Final Thoughts

If your air fryer keeps turning off, there are a few things you can do. The first thing you can check is the power cord connection. Make sure it is securely plugged in and that there is no damage to the cord. Secondly, you can reset the breaker if it is a problem with the plugin.

If there is nothing visible that is wrong after you check the integrity of the individual components (or if there is something obvious that needs to be repaired), call the air fryer company if your product is still under warranty. If the product is not under warranty, send it to a reliable repair company or purchase a new air fryer. 

Related Article

Top Reasons Your Pressure Cooker Is Not Building Up Pressure

ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on August 16, 2020.

13 Common Espresso Machine Issues and Troubleshooting Them