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Using a hand mixer while cooking or baking makes quick work of mixing ingredients. When your hand mixer runs into problems, it can throw a wrench into your cooking flow. We have done the research and have all the steps you'll need to take apart your hand mixer for repairs or maintenance.
How to take apart a Cuisinart hand mixer:
- Take off any attachments
- Remove the screws from the underside
- Remove the bottom plate
The body of a Cuisinart hand mixer is not designed to be opened easily by the buyer. If your mixer is still under warranty, it is best to contact Cuisinart for repairs or replacement.
It is important to note that any damage you do to your hand mixer will void the product warranty. However, if you are comfortable doing your own repairs, then it is a simple process. Keep reading for instructions and tips on taking your hand mixer apart.
1. Take off any attachments
Before you take your mixer apart, you should turn it off and unplug it if it has a cord. This is an important safety step to avoid the mixer being activated. Cuisinart mixers can have regular whisk attachments, dough hooks, paddles, and more.
No matter the attachment, they are removed the same way. There is a gray button labeled "eject" under the handle of the mixer. Press the eject button while pulling the attachments out to remove them.
2. Remove the screws from the underside
Next, to open the body of your hand mixer, you will need a few tools. These models are not meant to be opened by the consumer, but it is possible.
On the underside of the mixer, you will see four small circles. Those circles are where the screws are located, but they are covered with screw caps. These screw caps are quite hard to remove. One method is to use a very small flat tool to wedge under the screw cap.
Something like a watchmaker's screwdriver can work to achieve this. Once the screw caps are off, you can unscrew the screws.
Another effective way to remove the screw caps is to use an electric drill to drill them out carefully. This method will work but will void any warranty on the mixer. Only do this if you are no longer under warranty or can perform repairs.
3. Remove the bottom plate
Lastly, you will need to remove the entire plastic plate on the bottom of the mixer. The assembly is only held together by those screws. Now you will have access to the electrical components of your mixer.
When reassembling, you may find gaps around the screw cap. If you drilled out the screw caps, you need to reseal the gap. Something like epoxy clay would be perfect for this job. You can also do this if your screw cap is intact but does not stay in place.
Can you fix a hand mixer?
Yes, you can fix a hand mixer depending on what is wrong. Some issues can be solved at home if you know how to repair electronics.
Any issue that requires a replacement piece will not be able to be fixed. Cuisinart does not sell internal replacement pieces. If your mixer is under warranty, you can send it to Cuisinart for repair or replacement. Otherwise, you may need to purchase a new mixer.
What repairs can be done?
There are a few problems that you can run into with a hand mixer. It can stop working suddenly, or the mixing speed can slow down. Cuisinart repair services can repair these problems.
Wires can sometimes get knocked loose during use and cause the mixer to stop working. Those wires can be soldered back into place by professionals. If you are not familiar with soldering, you should contact Cuisinart or purchase a new hand mixer.
How do you clean the inside of a hand mixer?
While mixing, liquids can splash up onto the mixer. You may not notice, but liquids and dust can get inside your mixer through the attachment holes or air vents. Open the mixer to get access to the inside.
You should never submerge your mixer in water or hold it under running water. The best way to clean the inside of your mixer is with a slightly damp cloth. Only use the damp cloth on the plastic shell of the hand mixer.
Water can ruin your mixer's motor. When cleaning the plastic shell, avoid using sponges because they may drip. A dry firm-bristled toothbrush works well to loosen any debris from electrical components.
How do you clean the beaters on a hand mixer?
The stainless steel attachments are dishwasher safe. Hand washing requires you to get into the small spaces of the beaters, which can be time-consuming. There is a trick that will make cleaning the beaters much faster.
First, grab a bowl, fill it with warm water, and add a bit of dish soap. Lower the beaters into the water with your beaters still attached to the hand mixer. Turn the mixer on and allow the beaters to spin in the water for a minute.
After a minute, remove the beaters from the mixer and rinse them under running water. This method is excellent for whisk attachments with batter in hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to keep the body of the mixer out of the water during this process.
What are the parts of a hand mixer?
Hand mixers are simple machines with only a few major parts. First, there is the body of the hand mixer. The body has the power and speed switches and the release lever. Inside the body, you will find the electric motor and locking mechanisms for the attachments.
Some hand mixer models will have a power cord, and others are cordless. The cordless models run on battery power but come with a charging cord that plugs into an outlet.
The last part of the hand mixer is the attachment itself. Cuisinart hand mixers can come with a wide range of beater attachments, making hand mixers a great substitute for stand mixers. If you are interested in making bread, check out our article, "Can You Make Bread Without a Stand Mixer?"
How long do hand mixers last?
The working life of your hand mixer depends on a few different factors. Things like brand, frequency of use, and speed setting can impact how long your mixer lasts.
Low-end hand mixers can have a working life as short as five years. On average, high-end hand mixers can last from fifteen to up to twenty years. If you do not use your hand mixer frequently, it will last longer regardless of the brand. It all comes down to the amount of wear on the mixer's motor.
How to extend the life of your hand mixer
Proper use and maintenance are the best ways to extend the life of your hand mixer. One simple tip to take care of your hand mixer is to change speeds slowly. Be sure to go through each level of speed instead of going directly to top speed. Avoid large jumps in speed to protect the motor.
Regular cleaning is also important to keep the mixer running smoothly. Clean the attachments after every use and clean anything caked up on the bottom of the mixer. It will be harder to clean if debris begins to build up.
You should only attempt to open your Cuisinart hand mixer if it is your only option. Any repairs that can be done require electrical knowledge and special tools.
Drilling the screw caps is the most efficient way to remove them. Remember to reseal the screw with epoxy clay if you choose this method. Leaving them unsealed can lead to liquids getting into the mixer. For more hand mixer tips, read our article, Can I Use a Hand Mixer in a Metal Bowl?"