How To Fix Stuck Blender Blades With Steps

What do you do when you must have assembled all your recipes for blending and surprisingly, the blades won’t turn? This scenario is highly disappointing.

And how about if you have begun blending already and suddenly you experience jamming due to stuck blades. Hmmm! This like being caught up in the middle of nowhere.

In most cases, this usually marks the end of the blending adventure for that day. Especially if you do not have other means of blending( How Do You Puree Food Without A Blender?)

Sometimes it leaves the user confused as it happens when you least expect it and mostly when there is an urgent need to be satisfied.

In this article, we shall discuss extensively on how to fix a stuck blender blade and look at possible measures to prevent future occurrence.

Also, we will look at other reasons why the blades get stuck and the dangers it might cause the blender if not addressed immediately.

Expert Steps To Fixing A Stuck Blender Blades


As a way of introduction, I’ll like to say that without functional blades, blending cannot take place. This is why any issue that concerns the blades should be handled as a top priority.

Follow these procedures which will be divided into sections if you want to free up your stuck blender blades:

(Section A Troubleshoot & Disassemble)

Step 1

The testing/troubleshooting stage: you need to first confirm that the blades are really stuck using manual and mechanical means.

The manual involves the use of fingers to examine blades moment. While the mechanical has to do with plugging it to power to see what’s up with the movement of the blades.

This first stage is vital as it will help you to determine if the procedures that you are about to carry out has yielded any positive result or not at the end of the exercise

Step 2

Haven confirmed that the blades are frozen, remove the blades assembly from the appliance.

(Section B: Requirements for the task)

Step 3

Get a small deep pot that can size what you are about to fix(the blades)

Step 4

Get a paper towel or any cotton towel that can absolve liquid.

Step 5

You will need a spoon. Better still get a tong. Cuisinart has a tong that comes with a pair of heat resistant gloves which might serve the purpose efficiently.

Step 6

Some water will be fine. Get enough that can cover the blades once its in the pot

Step 7

Do not forget the power of liquid soap so get one.

(Section C: Final Procedure)

Step 8

Begin the practical aspect by pouring a good amount of water into the pot. Ensure its enough to cover the blades disk.

Step 9

Place pot on the fire and turn on the stove.

Step 10

Allow the water to get to boiling its point.

Step 11

Reduce the heat and open the pot. With the aid of a spoon, spatula or tong, gently pick and drop the blade into the boiling water. The disk side should face downward while the blades upward.

Emphasis is on “gently” so that the hot water will not splash on you in the process of dropping the blade into the pot of boiled water.

Step 12

Boil the blade assembly for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 13

At intervals, check if the blades are immersed otherwise press it down with a spoon.

Step 14

After about 5minutes of intense boiling, turn off the stove.

Step 15

Add few drops of liquid soap into the pot and cover it.

Step16. Let the soap and blades seat in the pot of boiled water for 4minutes. The soap will melt off any presence of grease.

Step 17

Pick the blades out with listed item that us available (plastic spatula, spoon or tong)

Step 18

Transfer into cold water and rinse a little.

Step 19

It should be a bit cool to be handled by now. Go ahead and clean it a paper towel or cloth depending on what’s available.

Step 20

Clean off any sign of water. Check if the blades are cool enough to be touched with bare fingers. Swivel the blades to see progress so far.

Step 21

Take advantage of the cleaning opportunity and wash other parts of the blender that require cleanup and are safe for washing.

How Do You Know If Your Blender Blades Are Stuck?

You will know almost immediately it occurs even if you have filled the jar with recipes.

  • The first sign that occurs is that of a sudden change in the sound of the engine. It doesn’t take time to manifest as long as the motor is still running. Here the blender will become louder than it used to be and the noise will sound different from what you are used to.
  • You will know if the blades are stuck once you feel an unusual vibration from the blender. This vibration often indicates that the blades are struggling with the recipes. And if the struggle continues, it can lead to jamming.
  • In some cases, the motor releases a burning smell. This emitted burning smell occurs when the blade must have struggled in futility and has bruised the shaft.
  • Last but not the least is that your recipes will not blend. Whatever you put into a blender with stuck blades will remain in its form. Surely the blender is powerless without its blades.

Tip: Shut down blender immediately you notice any of these signs as any form of delay might lead to regrettable damages.

What Can Make Blender Blades Get Stuck?

  • Hard ingredients
  • Not enough water in what you are blending
  • Overloading
  • Improper cleaning after use
  • Improper assembly of the blades
  • Overheating could lead to temporal/permanent shutdown.

Wondering if these factors really contribute to the existing problem? Let’s have a look then.

Hard ingredients can make blades get stuck because each blender appliance is designed with a peculiar ability.

The higher the better. Some of the blades are built strong enough to crush ice whereas others can’t. Therefore, putting things that are too strong for a blender blade to break down will surely cause it to cease.

Another salient point is the lack of water or necessary liquid in what we are blending. We know that when it comes to wet blending, the role of water is important.

As it will boost the movement of the blades. Not having water in its required quantity can make blender blades get stuck.

The adverse effect of overloading is not also left out. Almost every blender instruction is against in.  This is why the jars are mapped with measurement lines. Indicating the maximum level to load the blender.

My advice is that we shouldn’t always load our blenders to its maximum line. Just put a little into the jar at a time.

Because it is better to go through a smooth process a few times and get your stuff blended. Than to trap the blades while still battling with the first set.

Improper cleaning after use can make blender blades to get stuck. After blending, wash the jar and focus on the blades too.  Ensure also that it is dry before storing to prevent rust which is another dangerous condition.

Have in mind that is the blades are not properly assembled, the blades won’t move. So when blades are stuck, check if they have been installed the right way. Check also if it’s tightly placed and correct with a screwdriver if otherwise.

Overheating happens as a result of prolonged use. This occurs if the blender doesn’t have a thermostat. Once it reaches its heat level peak, it shuts down. Here the motor and blades will not function. Avoid prolonged running of the blender. Give the blender rest at intervals. It will do you and your blender good.

How Do You Prevent Blender Blades From Getting Stuck During Blend?

Go through these few tips if you want to use your blender without fear of jamming the blades in the process.

  • If you are blending dry, put little amount of your substance into the blender at a time. Avoid blending too much at a go. It will give the blades room to rotate and give you a fine finishing.
  • For wet blending, add enough water into the jar to support the movement of the blade. Notice that sometimes recipes won’t blend and blades won’t move if the water in the container is not enough to aid movement.
  • Never overload the jar. Whether dry or wet blending, avoid overloading the container. Overloading will incapacitate the blades stiffening them.
  • If you notice a change in sound, turn it off and inspect it immediately.
  • Slightly shake the jar as you blend. It will free up substances that are stuck under the blade.
  • Use the stick that comes with the blender to push recipes towards the blades. Blender manufacturers know the importance, hence the space on the lid. Maximize this feature whenever you are blending.

But if yours does not have one, just unplug the blender, open the lid totally and get a plastic spatula for the job. Give the recipes a good stir, and tightly place the lid back on and then turn the blender back on.

Can Stuck Blades Cause Blender To Stop Working

Stuck blades can do worse. It can destroy the entire blender if ignored. If the blades are not rotating as they should then expect an unannounced shutdown by the motor.

People who ignore the signs that their engines when the blades are stuck, often live to regret it because the remedy that’s left after destroying your blender; due to a nonchalant attitude is to get a new one.

So yes, stuck blades can make a blender to stop. You will agree when a child cries for some time without being attended to, the child will fall asleep.

That is what also takes place in the case of a blender with stuck blades. It will let out a loud cry while putting too much pressure on the shaft below.

The shaft on the motor connects with the one under the blender jar. And after a long period of endless painful friction with no attention, the shafts will wear off and lead to a burning smell which in turn will cause internal damage and finally shut the blender down.

You will see that it pays to be observant and take the necessary steps. As “a stitch in time saves nine”

Can Stuck Blades Damage A Blender?

Yes, suck blades pose great havoc to blenders regardless of it’s make. Especially when you keep running the motor while the blades are stuck.

To be stuck can be likened to a state of being be stranded and nothing good comes from such situations. Stuck blades, place the blender in a stranded position.

What then happens next depends on how fast you detect and solve the predicament your blender is in.

The first thing to do if it happens when blending is to turn it off. Failure to do so will destroy the shaft and the motor itself.

And if you haven’t used your blender in a while, do manual troubleshooting with your fingers. By rotating the blades to see if it moves.

Go a little further to test running just the blades without any recipes in the jar to see if the blades will move before you start pouring in recipes for blending.

How To Fix Stuck Blender Blades- Conclusion

Since blenders are impotent without their blades it is paramount to do proper maintenance on it once in a while. It will also help if we swivel the blades with plastic spatulas before we blend to free up any form of stiffness.

In all, a greater factor that is mostly responsible for stuck blades are food debris. Which is mostly overlooked. Never undermine the danger food debris pose on kitchen blenders especially the blades.

Please wash your blender thoroughly after use and if possible, always rinse with warm water. In fact, make the warm water rinsing procedure a regular habit after each blend. This will help melt off any oily residue that may have hung on the blades from previous blends.

And finally, it will do us good to prevent our blender blades from getting stuck if we can than seeking a solution to remedy what could have been avoided.

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