Why My Nutribullet Stopped Working? (3 Common Reasons)

Nutribullet

I’m guessing that you’re looking for reasons why your Nutribullet failed. You’re worried that you might no longer start your day with a healthy drink or a smoothie made by your NutriBullet. So what could be the possible cause for this? Let’s find out:

  • If the blender fails to spin, check out for exposed wiring. Also, it could be that you accidentally unplugged the NutriBullet. 
  • If the blades jam, check out for food debris along with the blades. The edges might have also failed due to the overfilled cup. 
  • If there are leakages, check out for cracks in the NutriBullet. This could also result from damaged rubber seals or loosely secured cups. 
  • If it fails to power on, the chances are that the cup tab is broken, the NutriBullet is unplugged, or maybe the blender code has failed. 

Further, we’ll elaborate on each problem along with their solutions. We’ll also walk you through the steps on how to clean a jammed NutriBullet. 

Stay tuned!

3 Common Reasons For Nutribullet Not Working

Normally, your NutriBullet not working could be due to user error or with time and age. This article categorizes all NutriBullet failures based on the blender, the blades within, and the leakages to help you find solutions to your frustrations.  

1. Blender Issues

The Blender Stops Working Midway Through

It can be downright frustrating if your blender stops working in the middle of blending your favorite smoothie. While this isn’t your fault, there are a few things to blame. First, it could be that your blender is exhausted that some components have lost their performance. 

The wires might be exposed too, which is a safety threat. If your NutriBullet stops working midway, switch it off or unplug immediately from the main switch. 

You may also want to dislocate the NutriBullet’s casing to check on the internal parts and whether they are exposed. To maintain your NutriBullet’s elements, don’t toss it in the dishwasher. Components such as lids, cups, and lip rings are dishwasher-safe except for the motor base. 

You can also check whether your NutriBullet is plugged incorrectly. You might be surprised to find out that the blender needed a simple fix. 

2. Blade Issues

a) The Blades May Only Partially Cut Food

Fortunately, this, too, is a simple fix. Often, the motor will run as usual, but the final products will end up partially cut. This could possibly result from old blades that have become blunt. As mentioned earlier, this is an easy fix, so you don’t have to worry. You can always replace the old blades with new ones for a more enhanced cutting. 

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b) The Blades Won’t Cut At All

So what happens if the blades won’t turn completely? There are many reasons for this, so let’s discuss them further. 

i) You Put Too Much Food In

Electronic appliances such as blenders and electric kettle often include a recommended fill line. Going past that will mean creating a jam, and as such, the blades won’t cut at all.  

ii) You Put The Wrong Foods In

The NutriBullet is recommended for softer foods such as veggies and fruits. As such, heavy solids might be strenuous to your NutriBullet, forcing the blades to stop. You can as well use it for liquid substances. 

iii) The Blades Are Jammed Up

Occasionally clean the blades in between uses to prevent the accumulation of food debris. Most importantly, deep clean the edges to deal with this problem once and for all. 

iv) The Blade Motor Won’t Work

Usually, it’s the motor that runs the NutriBullet’s blades. Therefore, if the motor suddenly stops working, it could be because you ran the blender longer. It’s recommended to do the blending in intervals to prevent the motor from burning out. 

3. Leakage Issues

Leakages are always a bad sign to your NutriBullet. The following reasons may cause your NutriBullet to leak: 

a) Overfilled NutriBullet

Okay, we get it. You’re running out of time, so you want to blend all your ingredients at once. While this sounds obvious, you’re exposing your NutriBullet to potential damages. Not only that, you’ll be straining the blades too. 

b) NutriBullet Cracks

Regardless of the cracks’ position, they will always find a way to pour out your ingredients. You don’t need to replace the entire NutriBullet, but the cracked components. 

c) Extractor Blade Seal Damage

The extractor blade includes a rubbery gasket seal underneath it. Once the seal starts failing, the extractor blade will find it difficult to attach itself to the cup. As a result, your NutriBullet starts leaking. 

d) Loose Extractor Blade

Here’s another simple fix. Often, your NutriBullet will be prone to leakages if the extractor blade is loosely attached. Make sure to secure it tightly so that liquids don’t come out upon running the NutriBullet. If the blade can’t connect properly, it might be time to find a replacement.

How Do You Fix a Jammed NutriBullet?

Finding the solution to a jammed NutriBullet can be daunting. More often, jamming occurs when accumulated food debris builds up between the latch and the cup. To deal with this problem, use the plastic activators that come with the NutriBullet. They are always white. 

These activators should be flexible enough to move down upon pressing on them. If you don’t find them effective, vinegar, cooking oil, and hot water can come in handy to help moisten the activators. 

Soak the plastic activators into the mixture, after which, you should be able to press on them without any hassle. You can repeat this process several times until you find them effective. If you’re still having problems pressing on them even after several attempts, please contact NutriBullet’s support or find a replacement.  

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Cup Stuck to Base of Nutribullet – What to Do?

Simply unstuck your NutriBullet from the motor base. This often occurs when one of the lips goes under the white actuator. (Source)

Don’t fret if you happen to be the victim – use a screwdriver with a flat tip to turn the cup so that it aligns with the actuator.

Place your screwdriver beside the cup and push the cup away from the base. After that, you can try pulling the lip back to the actuator. Congratulations! The issue is fixed.  

How Do You Deep Clean a Nutribullet?

1. Cleaning the Nutribullet Cup and Blades

Step 1: Unscrew the Blade From the Cup

Before washing your NutriBullet, make sure to unscrew the blade from the cup. Meanwhile, set aside all your NutriBullet components and unplug the motor base. 

Step 2: Wash the Cup by Hand Or Place it on Your Dishwasher’s Top Rack 

Washing by hand is the most recommended method to clean your NutriBullet cup. Use warm soapy water and a sponge to wash down the cup from the inside to the outside. If you’re using a typical wash cycle, place the cup on your dishwasher’s top rack. Meanwhile: 

  • Don’t sanitize the wash cycle if you’re using the dishwasher to clean the cup. 
  • Don’t deep clean your NutriBullet components in boiling water. 

Step 3: Wash the Blade Portion With Soap and Water

Similarly, wash your NutriBullet blades by hand. Add a few drops of liquid soap to the sponge and thoroughly clean the blades to eliminate any accumulated food debris. Keep away from the sharp edges to avoid cutting yourself. Don’t toss the blades into the dishwasher as it can easily warp and melt the plastic due to high heat. 

Step 4: Dry the Cup and Blades

Use a dry rag to wipe down both the interior and exterior of the cup. Alternatively, air-dry them on a drying rack for at least an hour. Once all the components are dry, feel free to use the NutriBullet. It would be best to wash the blades and cups after every use to prevent accumulated food debris from building up. 

2. Cleaning the Power Base

Step 1: Unplug the Nutribullet

Before you can start cleaning the motor base, ensure that no electric currents are running through your NutriBullet. Unplug it completely so that there are no chances of getting electrocuted. 

Step 2: Use a Damp Rag to Clean the Power Base

Use a rag wrung out of warm water to clean the motor base. Thoroughly clean the power base’s interior and exterior surfaces, paying attention to any accumulated food debris that might have built up. The citrus cleaner can also come in handy to clean the power base. Below are some of its benefits: 

  • Citrus cleaners incorporate natural oils from citrus that are effective for tough stains or food accumulation. 
  • It deodorizes the power base.
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Meanwhile, don’t immerse the power base in water as it can damage it. Also, don’t toss into the dishwasher. 

Step 3: Allow Your Power Base to Fully Dry Before Using It Again

Like any electric appliance, don’t deep clean the power base. Use a cloth rag to wipe down instead. After that, allow it to dry before the next use. Do this once a week, or whenever food spills onto it. 

3. Blending Soap and Water

Step 1: Fill the Cup With Water and Soap

Into the cup, add two-thirds of warm water, then add two drops of dishwashing liquid. You can also use coarsely chopped lemon as an alternative to help the interior of your NutriBullet cup. 

Step 2: Screw the Milling Blade to the Bottom of the Cup

While opening the cup, turn the milling blade clockwise. Continue turning the milling blade until it’s secured to your NutriBullet’s cup. Pay attention to the stripped metal at the center of the milling blade when rotating. 

Step 3: Place the Cup on the Power Base for 20-30 Seconds

Once you’ve attached the milling blade, turn the cup upside down such that the blade is at the bottom. Next, please put it on top of the power base while pressing it gently on the cup until the edges start rotating. Proceed to blend the soapy solution for at least 30 seconds. 

Step 4: Empty and Rinse Out the Cup

Drain the soapy solution from the NutriBullet cup into the sink. Next, run water while rinsing out the cup to ensure no soap traces are left behind. 

Step 5: Dry Your Cup and Blades

Using a rag, wipe down the cup and blades from the inside to outside. Alternatively, air-dry them on a drying rack before the next use. Use this method whenever there is food or liquid accumulation in your cup. You can also deep clean the cup if you accidentally forgot to throw the leftovers, and it has gone bad while in the cup. 

Can The Nutribullet Overheat?

Yes, it can. NutriBullet blenders come with a powerful motor that enhances the blending process. Since the spinning blades are so effective, it would be best to run the blender for 20 to 40 seconds to prevent the motor from overheating.

If you plan to blend something longer than that, pause the blender after every 60 seconds to allow the motor rest. This way, you’ll be protecting your NutriBullet from overheating damages. Keeping your NutriBullet’s motor cool will go a long way to enhance the shelf-life of the blender. 

How Long Does The Nutribullet Last?

NutriBullet blenders are guaranteed one year of quality performance. However, your NutriBullet can last up to 5 years when used appropriately

About Sylvette Brown

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