Why Your Kitchen Blender is Not Spinning (and How to Fix It)

Ever found yourself asking the question “Why is my blender not spinning”? This article provides you with all the answers you need.

It is no exaggeration to say a blender is only as useful when spinning, i.e., when its blades are in motion. Without this spinning motion, a blender is no better than some pitcher on a stand, unable to blend or mix ingredients. 

Unfortunately, blenders not spinning is actually a common blender problem, one that every blender owner is likely to face sooner or later. Are you experiencing or have you experienced this problem in the past? Here is all you need to know about why your blender is not spinning and how to fix the problem.

9 Possible Reasons Your Blender is Not Spinning 

There are varying reasons your blender blades may not be spinning. Below are the major reasons:

Your Blender isn’t Receiving Power

This might seem like an obvious point to you, but it is still worth mentioning. Blenders are power tools. As such, they require electricity or at least an electric charge to work. Without that much-needed power, the blades of the blender wouldn’t spin, and by extension, the blender becomes useless.

To ensure that your blender is receiving power, ensure it is plugged into a power outlet and that the outlet is turned on. You should also ensure that the blender’s power cable is not damaged. 

It is also possible that the blender is receiving power but the power being supplied is just not enough to turn on the blender. This is often the case with high-powered blenders. If this is the issue, then all you have to do is get a better power outlet for your blender. 

Your Blender isn’t Turned On

Another obvious reason still worth mentioning is the blender not being turned on. Like most other electrical appliances, the blender has an on-and-off switch. When turned off, your blender lies dormant, even if plugged in. So if you find that the blender is plugged in but is still not spinning, check to make sure the blender is turned on. 

Turning on most blenders is as simple as clicking an on/off switch or button. Others are a bit more complex. If you have trouble turning on your blender, check your product manual for how to turn on your blender. 

You might also find this article useful; how to turn on a Ninja Blender.

You are Overloading the Blender

Apart from the two most “obvious” reasons mentioned above, overloading the blender is another common reason your blender might not be spinning. If you find your blender spins when empty but doesn’t once ingredients are added in, this is probably the issue with it. 

Blenders usually have a certain gauge in which you shouldn’t get ingredients past so as not to overload the blender. This is usually ¾ of the blender pitcher for most blenders though it might vary depending on the type and size of the blender. Filling up the blender past this limit would have varying effects depending on the type of blender, and for some, they wouldn’t work all together i.e. the blender wouldn’t spin. 

All you need to do to fix this problem is simply reduce the content of your blender and that should fix the issue.

Blades Not Properly Seated

Your blender is a complex machine made up of several parts fitted together. If these parts aren’t properly fitted, there’s a high chance the blender wouldn’t work properly. The blade assembly of the blender is one of these components that makes up your blender and it is what holds the blade. When not properly seated on the blender, the motors meant to drive the blender blades would be unable to work properly, causing the blenders not to spin or to spin wrongly.

To fix this, reassemble your blender, ensuring the blender assembly is seated properly and securely on the motor base.

Your Blender Blades are Clogged

Clogged blades are another reason blenders don’t spin. This can be a result of food particles or other items being stuck in the blades, rusting blades, or some form of damage or the other. Either way, if your blender blades are clogged then they would have trouble spinning or might even not spin at all.

To fix this, make sure to clean your blender, especially the blender blades, regularly of any food particles. If the blenders are starting to rust, you might have to replace the blade attachment altogether to get the blender to start spinning properly once again. 

You might also find this article useful; how to clean Ninja Blender.

Your Blender isn’t Generating a Powerful Enough Vortex

A blender needs to produce a powerful vortex to blend ingredients. This vortex is the result of the blender’s blades spinning the ingredients in it at a high speed. The vortex formed during the blending process helps transport ingredients from around the blender to make contact with the blades. Without a powerful enough vortex, ingredients get stuck in the blender, unable to meet the blender blades.

A blender being unable to generate a powerful enough vortex can be a result of several factors. It could be because the blender’s motor isn’t powerful enough to handle blending the ingredients being placed in the blender or that the ingredients being blended are too large in size for the blender. Either way, the best way to fix the problem is to start small. Place fewer ingredients into the blender and cut them into smaller sizes. It also helps if you add a bit of liquid into the blender as this helps produce a stronger vortex.

Your Blender Doesn’t Contain Enough Liquids

Liquids generally ease the blending process. Whether it is water being added to the ingredients of your smoothies, or some other base liquid, adding some fluid helps with the creation of the vortex required to get the blending process underway. When there isn’t enough liquid in a blender, the blender tends to have trouble spinning. 

To fix this problem, add some of the desired liquid to your ingredients before blending. If you do not want to dilute your recipe with too much base liquid, it helps to start by blending a little bit off the ingredients with little water and then adding some more of the ingredients later for an easier blending experience.

Your Blender is Overheating

Many blenders have inbuilt features that automatically shut them down once they begin overheating. This is so as to prevent the blender from any lasting damage. When this feature kicks in, the overheating blender will probably not turn on for a while, no matter what you do i.e. the blender will not spin. 

Most of the time when this happens, all you can do is give the blender some time to cool down before turning it back on. Unplug your blender and give it a few minutes of inactivity before plugging it back into your power outlet and turning it back on, and the blender should return to working fine again.

Your Blender Has Developed a Fault

If all the above reasons aren’t the reason your blender isn’t spinning, then chances are, your blender has developed a fault. This can be one of a number of reasons: a burnt motor, damaged electrical component, etc. The only way to fix this issue is to get your blender to the manufacturers or some other professional blender repair expert near you for repair. 

Above are nine of the most common reasons a blender might not be spinning. If your blender isn’t spinning, chances are one or more or more of the above mentioned conditions is the reason. Provided above are a few quick fixes on how to fix your blender when it is not spinning. Still having an issue with your blender not spinning? Get the blender to expert repairmen right away.

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