KitchenAid stand mixers are designed to easily mix dough and batter in a reduced amount of time compared to a hand mixer. However, like any appliance, proper care and maintenance is required to keep the mixer in working order. Sometimes mixers have problems and stop turning, but fortunately there are solutions to these problems.
The Mixer Has No Power
If your mixer has been moved after plugging it in, the cord may no longer be plugged into the outlet. Inspect the cord to ensure it is plugged in. Also, if the outlet is a GFCI outlet, check that it does not need to be reset. If the mixer is plugged in, examine the circuit breaker box to see that the fuse has not blown or the switch has not tripped.
Overheating: The Mixer Has Run Too Long
Letting the mixer run too long can cause it to overheat. Ten minutes is the maximum time that a mixer should run when mixing something heavy. Allow the mixer to rest and completely cool after every two batches of heavy loads, like bread dough. For light mixes, like cake batter, the mixer can run up to 20 minutes.
Overheating: The Mixer Was Started on a High Speed
If the mixer has to work too hard to mix the dough, it will eventually overheat. Each mixing session should start at the lowest speed to avoid overheating the mixer. Always start with the speed set at Stir, so you don't overheat the mixer. Otherwise, the mixer will strain while trying to turn. Gradually increase the speed as the mixer works through the batter or dough. For heavy doughs, do not set the speed above two.
What to Do if Your Mixer Overheats
If the mixer overheats, it will shut off and be hot to the touch. On some models, there is an overload reset button that will pop out. Turn the mixer off, let the mixer rest for a few minutes and push the reset button. For models without a reset button, turn the mixer off and let it rest until it completely cools. After letting the mixer rest and possibly pushing the reset button, you can use the mixer again.
Carla Locke is based in Oberlin, Ohio, and has been writing since 1998. Her writing career began in technical writing and has expanded into Web content. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in biology and an Associate of Applied Business in e-business technology.