Food Processor Troubleshooting 101

It doesn't happen very often, but it can happen.


Sometimes it is just better, time efficient and cost reducing to just buy a new food processor. Fixing the old one takes time and focus, and in some cases costs almost the same as getting a new one. You can find new food processors sorted by customer review score here on Amazon.

The food processor has removable parts and a motor so it’s very possible it could break down.  Usually, it’s a power issue… something as simple as the top not being on correctly.

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Although it’s a small appliance, being without it can cause major problems.  Most of the time it can be quickly resolved. If you’re a skilled person and just need some parts to fix your food processor you can browse food processor parts and accessories on Amazon.

We are never prepared for breakdowns of any kind and this occurrence is no different.  Well, to help eliminate worry, I’ve put together some common questions and answers.

Without further ado, I’d like to welcome you to Food Processor Troubleshooting 101.

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Common Issues

For every problem, there is a solution or so they said.  Let’s take a look at a few of the most common issues concerning the food processor.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with it.  I got it as a gift for Christmas and I took it out the box after a few months and it won’t start.  Now my husband is going to think I broke it ’cause he said I didn’t like it. Help!”  

Well, since it’s new we can rule out burn-out.  Problems such as these are likely associated with the power supply.  The fault could be with the power cord, the outlet or the motor.  Check to see if electrical outlet is in working order and reset it. The solution could be that the lid is not on properly, preventing it from starting.

“I’ve been using my food processor for a few months now and recently, it shut down on me.  The light came on but there was nothing.  I did everything correctly, I thought.  The bowl is locked in place and I even reset my power supply.  What is wrong?” 

You should always check to see if the bowl and lid are locked properly on its base.  If this is not the case, the problem could be with the internal temperature or the power cord itself.  This could be especially true if the machine has been running slow or if it’s been jamming or locking up.  You just may need to clear your ventilation system.

If your processor quits in the middle of operation, it may be overheating.  The motor has an automatic turn off switch to prevent damage.  Turn your appliance off and wait at least 15 minutes before attempting it again.  If it doesn’t work still, wait a while longer.  If this doesn’t solve it, you may have to return it to the manufacturer.

“I’m trying to use one of my food processor’s accessories, but it won’t do anything.  It won’t start when I press the button.  I mean, the appliance will turn on its motor but that’s it.  Goodness… why is this happening now?  Can you help?” 

This sounds like it could be the safety switch.  Look to locate a switch and see if you can tell if it’s being activated when you put the lid on.  There could be something in its way, preventing it from closing all the way.  If so, remove the object and restart.

Is your blade stuck?  This could be a problem.  Luckily, it doesn’t take much to solve it.  You will need a channel lock to un-stick it.  Unplug your unit, first and foremost.   With your locks, latch on to the part of the blade that fits over the shaft.  Next, tightly grab the plastic part over the shaft while holding the food processor down.

Carefully, pull up on the blade and it should move.  However, don’t feel bad if it takes you a few times to pull it off.  Sometimes food will get between the grooves and cause it to stick together.

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Tips for a Clean Bill of Health

Always chop veggies and fruits.  Additionally, remove seeds that can get down in the crevasses and create havoc.  Cut your food down in size before dropping in the food processor.

When you need to chop seafood or chicken, it’s best when the raw meat is extremely cold and pre-cut into one inch chunks.  Only process around a pound at a time and use short pulses, about one to two seconds.

Pureeing works well when the right amount of liquid is added.  Use short pulses and chop until fine.  Add a quarter cup of liquid and process consistently until you’re satisfied with the texture.  Scrape the sides of your bowl if you must.


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5 Comments on this post.
  • Pat Horton
    21 August 2016 at 3:52 pm
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    the blade attachment is stuck on the drive shaft

  • carmela strang
    27 November 2016 at 8:44 pm
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    I cannot get the bowl out of the base it is stuck…help !

  • Sandra
    10 August 2017 at 6:01 am
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    I have a kitchen aid food processor 14cups. It was working before but I haven’t used it for a while! I assembled everything and plugged in. It would not work! The bottom turns on but the motor is just not turning!what I mean is it has power it the motor wasn’t working! How can i fixit?

  • ludwig
    10 August 2017 at 9:43 am
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    Correction to post: pets should read Parts. Also the machines fail to turn on never or if itcfors does not process.
    The bowls do fit and one bowl does not fit another processor of same model number, blades do not fit, we have already sent back some 20 machines. They request to cut cord— do not do this save machine as you got it as evidence of sales fraud.

  • Doreen
    8 October 2017 at 8:52 pm
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    My Braun was working fine and then made a few stops and starts and the motor was running but nothing was turning. I had the dough hook in as I was making buns and still had just the liquids in the bowl when it quit.

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