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KitchenAid Food Processor Not Working

We depend on our food processor to do the heavy work in the kitchen. When it’s not working, we want to fix it as quickly as possible.

Generally speaking, a KitchenAid food processor will need reset if the motor is overheating or locked. Resetting can be done by shutting off the machine, unplugging it, and allowing it to cool for at least 20 minutes. After plugging in the machine, make sure everything is aligned properly and use the pulse button to unlock it.

Food processor in the table

It is possible to work on your KitchenAid food processor but you need to be careful when working on appliances. Not only are you working on an electrical appliance that could potentially shock you, there are extremely sharp edges that need to be respected.

If you are doing any work on the food processor, make sure that you unplug it each and every time. Don’t think for a moment that you won’t get shocked if you just try to do something quickly and ignore the obvious safety hazard.

Additionally, if the food processor is under warranty, you should have it checked by the store before you try to fix it yourself. Opening the base and trying to work on it could void the warranty.

KitchenAid Food Processor Not Working

One of the most common reasons why a KitchenAid food processor is not working is because the bowl and lid are misaligned. Everything needs to be lined up properly for it to work as it should.

Even if everything looks as if it is aligned properly, you need to ensure that it is assembled properly and in the correct order before it will start working. When your KitchenAid food processor is not working, take everything apart and put it back together again carefully.

You should also not assume that your new KitchenAid food processor is put together in the same way that your old food processor was put together. Assembly may vary from one unit to another, so check the user manual that came with your model.

Another issue that could result in a food processor not working is for the power to be off. Make sure that you have the food processor plugged in and that the electrical plug is seated into the machine properly.

Check the receptacle to ensure that there is power coming out of it. This can be done by plugging in another appliance or a lamp.

If the receptacle is not working, you can check the breaker box to see if there is a tripped breaker. Kitchen appliances use a lot of electricity and it is not out of the question for the breaker to trip.

One other possibility is that the receptacle has gone bad. If that is the case, you will need to replace the receptacle or contact an electrician.

At times, the food that you are using in the food processor may be to blame. If you are chopping up hard food, make sure that it is appropriately sized. Food can easily get jammed in the bowl and stop the processor from working.

Before reaching your hands into the food processor to fix it, make sure that you unplug the machine. The safety mechanism should keep it from turning on but don’t take a chance.

KitchenAid Food Processor Will Not Turn On

Woman using food processor for vegetables

You plug in your KitchenAid food processor, hit the pulse button, and nothing happens. Now what do you do?

The assembly of a KitchenAid food processor is the most common reason why it will not turn on. Take everything apart and put it back together carefully, being sure to align it in the proper way.

A switch or button may also be to blame if the food processor is not turning on. Food can get lodged down in the buttons and make them stop working. Clean the machine carefully with a damp sponge to remove all food debris.

Have you checked the power? Make sure that the receptacle is working and the food processor is plugged in.

KitchenAid Food Processor Not Starting

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If your food processor is not starting, you have to resort to chopping everything by hand. Then again, there may be an easy fix to get the machine working again.

The two primary issues that are associated with KitchenAid food processor problems include the machine not being plugged in and the assembly not being aligned properly.

Even if you have put the food processor together many times in the past, make sure that you slow down and put everything together just so.

The same is also true with power issues. This could be anything from a tripped breaker to a bad receptacle. Test everything and if necessary, call an electrician.

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KitchenAid Food Processor Not Spinning

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If your food processor is not spinning, it is not going to do you much good. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to help get the machine working and spinning again.

Unplug the machine and try to spin the driveshaft by hand. If it spins easily but the food processor is still not spinning when powered, then the capacitor may be at fault. Capacitors can be replaced if necessary. You can check them with a multimeter if you suspect they are bad.

If your food processor is not spinning but the motor is humming, then the motor itself may be damaged. This may also show itself by the driveshaft not spinning easily by hand. The motor can be replaced.

Finally, always check the assembly of the food processor before determining if it has gone bad or not. If a single piece, from the bowl to the lid and all of the blades are misaligned or forgotten, then the entire machine will not work.

KitchenAid Food Processor Blade Not Locking/Engaging

woman chopping while behind the food processor

Extra care needs to be taken when working on a food processor with the blade in place. Always unplug the food processor before reaching your hands into it

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It is possible for a blade to get fused to the sleeve of the food processor shaft. This sometimes happens if you are using the food processor for an extended amount of time or if you are chopping up hard food. After cooling the machine, you can sometimes pull the blade from the sleeve and start fresh.

If the bowl is not properly assembled on the shaft, the food processor will not engage and will not lock in position. Most food processors will operate with or without the blade in place, so checking the bowl and other assembly parts is the first step.

There may also be times when the shaft has become damaged or is stripped. Take a close look at the shaft and try to identify any visible damage. You should also check the inside of the blade assembly.

If the shaft is stripped or damaged, it will need to be replaced. Otherwise, the blade will not engage and lock in place.

KitchenAid Food Processor Lid Not Locking

Woman using food processor for vegetables

The safety mechanism on your KitchenAid food processor will not allow it to operate if the lid is not locking. There are a few things to check to get your food processor back up and running again.

When a lid does not lock on a food processor it is most often associated with improperly assembling all of the parts. Everything must be properly put in place for the lid to lock and the machine to start. If the lid is not locking, disassemble everything and start from scratch. Refer to the user manual if necessary.

In many cases, the lid will not lock if the bowl and blades are not properly in place. This is because everything fits very tightly in place and if it is not assembled properly, then the bowl may be keeping the lid from connecting properly.

You may also not be fully locking the lid in place. A KitchenAid food processor lid will snap into place as you slide it around and into position.

Start with the lid to the left and then slide the tab under the handle as you slowly rotate it to the right. You will feel it snap into place. If it doesn’t lock, check the assembly of all the other parts.

KitchenAid Food Processor Stuck (Bowl/Lid/Blade)

Woman using food processor

When a food processor is stuck in position, it is often because of a user error. More often than not, it is something that you did to the machine and not a problem with the machine itself.

An improper assembly of the parts is likely to make the bowl, lid, or blade stick on your food processor. You must disassemble everything and start from the beginning. You should never force the assembly to go into place. Proper assembly will fall into place and will work smoothly.

At times, running a food processor for an extended amount of time will cause it to get stuck in position. Excessive heat may fuse the blade to the shaft.

This type of issue is associated with the heat produced from friction. It can happen from extended use of the food processor, as well as making food that includes hard ingredients or something that doesn’t mix well, such as bread dough.

If the bowl, lid, or blade is stuck in position, unlock the work bowl from the base so it spins. Pull up on the ball while rotating and it should pull free from the shaft.

After removing the bowl from the unit, inspect the shaft of the motor carefully for any damage. It is more likely to recur if damage exists.

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Generally speaking, a problem with a KitchenAid food processor not working is associated with it not being assembled properly. As a safety measure, the food processor must be assembled the right way. It may also be due to overheating, a lack of power, or the lid not locking in place.