Friday, January 9, 2015

Saving My Kitchen Aid



I  have a Kitchen Aid Mixer that I use almost every day. I purchased it about six years ago-after we decided to upgrade to a larger model that could handle larger batches of dough.

It started making a little more noise and one day it decided to seize up and quit working when I was making a batch of pizza dough.Ir would turn on but the dough hook would not spin.

I was shocked!! Yes, I use it on a regular basis but the smaller Kitchen Aid that was replaced was more than 10 years old and still works!

What to do?

I got online looking for the closest  Kitchen Aid- Authorized Service Repair Technician.

Mike said he would look at it. (which means take it apart! )
My response-"You are not an authorized Service Repair Technician, and it states that you should take it to an "authorized" technician.
Mike's response (after rolling his eyes)- I build proto type machinery for a living, I think I can handle a Kitchen Aid!

He did some researching of his own and found some online video tutorials. Doable!

So he commenced with taking it apart (okay, I was a little nervous)
We found the parts on Amazon-ordered-they arrived- Mike fixed it!

Even as I type, it is busy making bread dough.

Total cost for parts-51.00
Cost of Labor- Free (unless you count the loaf of French Bread :) )

We purchased our parts on Amazon from Seneca-River Trading

I am a little disappointed the newer Kitchen Aid Mixers appear to not be built as well as they use to be, but with all of the attachments I have for mine and how much I use it, it was worth the 51.00 dollars to have it up and running again.

There are several tutorials online as well as places to purchase parts. I would just advise you do your homework before you start taking your Kitchen Aid apart.

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16 comments:

  1. I have the smaller size, and it's about 20-25 years old. I said when it dies I'll upgrade to the larger size. I was told if that's the case, I'll never upgrade. I love fix it's rather than pitch it and buy a new one - kudos.

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    1. They are too expensive to pitch, I was glad we could fix it!

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  2. I have the smaller one, and I'm sure I'll be upgrading it some day too. Glad you got it fixed.

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  3. I love my kitchen aid mixer! Glad parts are readily available if needed. Mine is 20 years old and going strong.

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    1. My firs tKitchen aid that I bought over 20 years ago still works. We pulled it out and used it while this one was getting fixed. I do t think they make them like they used to :(

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  4. I bought the same pro model you have. Good to know that fixing it is possible after how expensive it was. However, should it ever go kerplunk and not be able to be fixed, they make kits to make it a handcrank.

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    1. I did not know that! good to know there are other alternatives! Thanks

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  5. It is sad that things are no longer built to last..They want us to buy things more and use cheap labor/materials etc to keep the price lower...no not cheap but! My Mother's old Sunbeam Mixmaster died in 2001 after a long and active life...from 1963!
    It is good to know they can be repaired...maybe a second job for your wonderful Husband!

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    1. Yes, I agree. They do not make things like they used to.

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  6. I wish I had one..... I would be nervous letting mu hubby touch anything mechanical! LOL He isn't "that kind of guy." But your hubby had a point (though I would still have watched like a hawk!) So glad he got you back up and running! Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog hop!

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  7. That is a beautiful piece of kitchen equipment. I am so glad you could repair it. Love the red.

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    1. I am glad it is up and running-it is my most used Kitchen Appliance!

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  8. Something similar happened to my KA but it wasn't fixable. My husband is so handy with that kind of thing so when he said it was a no go I was pretty sad. Never could manage to replace it, though for most things I have alternatives, like my bread machine!

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  9. My 30+ yo Kitchenaid is heavier than my SIL's model like yours. I think they were better made.

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    1. I agree-the older models seem to be more durable.

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