A food mixer is a must for every kitchen owner who prepares and cooks food at home. It's a good investment because it will save you precious time manually mixing and blending ingredients. Unfortunately, this little kitchen helper sometimes stays unnoticed until one day, it just stops working. As the saying goes, “You will never know the value of a person or a thing until you lose him/it.”
What can you do? There are five choices:
- Sell it in a junk shop.
- Throw it away.
- Call customer service and demand for replacement, even if the warranty has lapsed
- Call a repairman to fix it.
- Try to fix it yourself.
One choice may be more reasonable than another, but the most practical thing to do first is Choice #5. To fix a food mixer, use these instructions:
- The kitchen blender has a "secret weapon" for the manufacturer that acts as a sacrificial lamb: a plastic gear. To save the machine, you must deal with this plastic gear.
- To see this gear, you must disassemble the parts of the mixer using a screwdriver. Arrange the pieces removed from the main part in a particular order so that it will be easier to put back together later.
- After all the nuts and bolts are apart, you can see for the shredded plastic or nylon gear yourself. Unless the real problem is electrical (for instance, if you plugged it into the wrong voltage), there is a big chance that it is the gear that needs replacement.
- The next thing to do is to order a new gear. It will be easy to explain to a kitchen specialty store or kitchen hardware personnel, especially if you directly buy at the service center of your mixer’s brand/company. You can either order online (through your brand’s toll-free number) or go directly to a mall/hardware store.
- While waiting for the delivery, clean the mixer. Get rid of any black, old grease. Clean removable parts in your kitchen sink and replace with a new cupful of grease.
- Put it first in storage to prevent misplacement of parts.
- Once the special gear arrives, this too should be greased fully. The lubricant must be all over the equipment before putting everything back together.
- When assembling it again, try to spin the main shaft first to check if it is not stuck, before tightening the screws.
- Once everything is back together, you can try to turn it on already.
Easy, isn’t? But of course, you would not wish that to happen anytime soon. For you to prevent another worn gear self-destruction, follow the instructions in the manual contained in the box when you purchased it. There are gentle reminders that are easy to follow but you seldom forget. Three of these are:
- Be sure not to exceed the volume of ingredients to mix.
- Always put back the mixer in a proper shelf.
- Avoid dropping it.
Congratulations on your successful repair of your own item. Give yourself a good rating when kitchen mixer repair is concerned. It will save you money from buying a new one (when you throw away or sell in junk shop), and at the same time, you gain new knowledge!