The KitchenAid mixer is one of the best appliances I enjoy having while in the kitchen. But it is disturbing when the mixer head is loose when ready to use it. Good enough, it is fulfilling that this guide will help you know how to fix the loose mixer head.
KitchenAid mixer saves my energy in the kitchen; it comes in handy when whipping, processing food, and grinding meat. Since the loose mixer head problem is a common issue for all kitchen owners, let us look at ways of fixing your KitchenAid mixer’s loose head;
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Check The Neck Pin
The neck pin holds the head of the mixer and the base in place. If you have not positioned the pin well and screwed it, the head will be loose. Below is the short procedure to work this out:
- Return the neck pin to the mixer to protect the head. That can be quicker and easier when you untighten the screw that joins the head and the base.
- While tightening the screw, ensure that you hold the base and the head together for proper alignment.
- Reinsert the pin while ensuring that it is in line with the mixer. You will not need to apply force since the head and base are held together, allowing the pin to slide in easily.
- Let the mixer lie on the side to allow you access to the screw located at the base.
- Press the neck pin with one of your fingers as you tighten the screw by using a screwdriver, i.e., you can use a star or flat head screwdriver, depending on the type of screw.
- Let the mixer sit on its base, turn it on and confirm you have fixed the head and screwed the pin properly.
Check The Beater
The flat beater mixes and scrapes the sides of the bowl at the same time. That helps minimize the need to stop the mixer and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.
A high beater prevents the head of the mixer from locking properly. When the beater is low, it pushes the bowl, making the mixer’s head shaky.
Below are the procedures for fixing the beater so that the head of the mixer cannot be loose:
- Ensure that the speed control of the mixer is off.
- Switch off the socket or remove the mixer from the source of power.
- Return the head to its normal position.
- Slide the beater to the shaft as you press it upwards.
- Turn the beater clockwise to hook it on the pin.
How To Tighten Head On KitchenAid Mixer
When the head of the food mixer is not tightened, it will not work effectively, thus leading to disappointment. Let us look at the steps for tightening it:
Step 1: Screw
- Unplug the mixer from the source of power or switch off the socket.
- Tilt the head mixer to access the screw.
- Using a screwdriver, turn the screw to the right or left to raise or lower the head.
- Once the head is in place, turn the screw clockwise slowly to tighten it. Do not apply too much force.
Step 2: Head height
Before tightening the head, it is important to check the height using a dime. Follow the below procedures:
- Unplug or disconnect the mixer from the source of power.
- Put a dime in the bowl and activate speed.
- Check the movement of the dime to determine whether the height is high or low.
- Adjust the height after confirmation that it needs adjustment.
- Then screw to tighten the head.
How To Fix KitchenAid Mixer Not Spinning
The KitchenAid mixer has a worm gear that rotates the mixer’s attachments. The worm gear also reduces friction while in use. The worm gear wears out or is damaged, thus leading the mixer not to spin. This repair guide will help us with steps to fix it as follows:
Change The Worm Gear
Replacing the worm gear of a mixer that is not spinning will enable it to spin and function properly. Let us check on ways to replace the worm gear:
- Remove the motor cover by detaching the drip ring using a spudger.
- Remove the pin from its position using a hammer and punch
- By use of a spudger, detach the planetary from the mixer shaft.
- Remove the housing screws from the front housing/ locking screws and the locking screws from the back.
- Remove the screw and the back cover that holds the two parts of the mixer.
- Pull out the power cord carefully from the back of the mixer.
- Separate the motor housing cover from the mixer base.
- Remove grease from the gears and use a butter knife to place the motor housing cover. The grease will be of use after replacing the worm gear.
- Remove screws from the worm gear tower to separate it from the mixer base.
- Use a pin punch to eject the roll pin.
- Slide and pull out the tower gear to access the worm gear.
- Get out the worm gear from the tower.
- Finally, get the different worm gear and replace it.
If your KitchenAid mixer is still not working, check the warranty of your mixer. If it is under warranty, contact the KitchenAid customer service team for help. If its warranty is over, take your KitchenAid mixer to a kitchen appliance repair shop to fix it by a licensed technician.
Installation of New Worm Gear and Assembly of the KitchenAid Mixer
Once you have removed the worn-out worm gear and got a different one, fixing it and reassembling the mixer is simple as per the below instructions:
- Insert the tower gear, and align both holes for the gear shaft and roll pin before inserting the roll pin.
- Place the gear assembly carefully on the mixer and screw it correctly
- Get the grease from the motor housing to the gears before returning it.
- Fix the motor housing properly while adjusting it to align as required.
- Reinsert the entire front and back screws, and tighten them using a screwdriver.
- Return the back cover and screw.
- Reattach the planetary to the mixer shaft.
- Return the roll pin to its position.
- Press the drip ring back into the mixer.
A KitchenAid mixer is an electric kitchen tool you will always desire to have to make your work easier and save much time in the kitchen. Baking with it is the best. Like any other machine, a Kitchen Aid mixer can wear out or damage after a period. That should not worry you; think of another budget that will cost you extra money. These problems have solutions and how to fix them, as highlighted above.