Have you noticed your mixer just isn’t quite mixing like it used to? Whether you’re whipping up a batch of Grandma’s famous divinity or serving a decadent layer cake, you need your stand mixer operating at peak performance.
But don’t spend the big bucks on a replacement just yet. Here’s a KitchenAid-approved mixer fix that’s super easy. In fact, all you need is a flat-head screwdriver. Make sure you know these 10 other easy ways to fix everyday appliances for free.
Does my mixer need to be adjusted?
First, determine if your mixer’s problem is the adjustment level. Look out for these telltale signs:
- After mixing, ingredients are left on the bottom of the bowl
- The tilt head is not locking in place
- The white flat beater is chipped on the bottom
- There are scrape marks on the bottom of the bowl
If you’ve noticed any of the issues listed above, your mixer needs to be adjusted higher or lower. These are the 8 other KitchenAid mistakes everyone is making.
Do the dime test
If your mixer bowl is metal, use this trick to confirm that the mixer height is the problem. (Note: Do not attempt with a glass or ceramic bowl.)
Place a dime in the bowl and attach a flat beater. Turn to “stir” or low speed, then observe how the dime moves around the bowl. If the dime does not move, your beater is too high. If the dime moves around continuously, that means your beater is too low. If the dime is traveling slowly around the bowl, moving about a half inch with each pass of the beater, the bowl height is correct. You’ll want to get your hands on these 25 other life-changing kitchen gadgets, too.
Adjust the height of the beater with this quick fix
Now that you know that your beater height needs to be adjusted, all you need to do is turn one little silver screw. But first, unplug the stand mixer, just to be safe!
Where is the screw?
How to adjust the screw
Using a flat-head screwdriver, turn the screw counterclockwise to raise the bowl and clockwise to lower the bowl. Just a slight turn is all you’ll need. Don’t turn the screw more than 90 degrees in either direction. After turning the screw, you may want to use the dime test again to text your clearance level, then repeat the screw adjustment as needed. You’re all set! Now that you’ve fixed your mixer, make sure you’re using these quick tricks for cleaning kitchen appliances.
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