Does your air fryer keep beeping at you? It might be trying to save your delicious snacks. Here are 6 reasons why.
Ever since they were invented, the whole world and the internet have gone crazy over air fryers, and how could they not? They’re the healthier alternative to all sorts of delicious snacks, and to be honest, I can barely taste the difference.
While the technology they use is not new, it definitely took the kitchen appliance section of the aisle by storm. How is it that no one had thought of using hot air to cook crispy food before? Genius!
That being said, I’m not here to sell you on an air fryer. If you’re reading this, you already have one, and it’s beeping ceaselessly, maybe even enough to make you think twice about how wonderful it is.
There are many possible reasons why your air fryer keeps beeping at you, and without a detailed list of possible causes, finding the culprit could take longer than you have to spare. Luckily, I’ve prepared a compendium below which includes said causes, and the solutions you can implement to make the issue, a thing of the past.
In the best case scenario, you’ll be back to trying online recipes in less than 10 minutes.
Are you ready? Let’s get to work!
Fixing an Air Frying That Keeps Beeping At You
Believe it or not, some items on the list below will require nothing of you, but another read-through of your user manual. Air fryers are sophisticated and modern appliances, so they have all sorts of preventive measures and alarms that can be confusing.
Your air fryer might keep beeping at you due to…
- Normal operation
- A bug
- Staying plugged in
- A problem with the fan
- A blown thermal fuse
- A loose component inside
As you can see, 50% of the possible causes are not even a problem, but a warning. As kitchen appliances become more technologically advanced, more safety features are built into them, resulting in all sorts of annoying beeps and noises.
It’s not ideal, but the sounds are keeping you safe!
#1 Normal Operation
Sometimes, your air fryer is just trying to remind you that your onion rings are ready to be enjoyed.
These appliances have the same beeping mechanism that microwave ovens use to tell you when the timer has reached zero. Well, it might not be the exact same one, but they do the same thing!
If you’re as dispersed as I am, you probably leave your food in the air fryer for eons. Although nothing will happen if you don’t take it out immediately, your air fryer still wants to remind you that it’s there, so it doesn’t go bad.
Solution: Set an alarm on your phone. It works wonders for me.
You’ll be able to enjoy your food while it’s still hot, and your air fryer beeping nightmare will be over. Win-win.
#2 A Bug
No, I don’t mean an actual six-legged creepy-crawly, I’m talking about a digital glitch inside your appliance. There are records of air fryers beeping out of nowhere and for no apparent reason, sometimes even when they’re not cooking anything.
Apparently, there’s a chance that your air fryer might keep beeping at you due to digital disruption, but nothing else. Is it time to call Sarah Connor yet?
Solution: Users who have experienced this, claim that disconnecting the air fryer and reconnecting it, does the trick. If your appliance keeps beeping and nothing else seems to be wrong with it, try that quick fix and see if it works out for you!
#3 You’re Leaving It Plugged In
Your air fryer not only prepares delicious meals but also looks after your wallet.
These appliances have alarms built into them that will tell you when you’ve left them plugged in for too long. This could not only cause overheating and sky-high electricity bills but also internal damage.
If you’re in the habit of leaving your air fryer plugged in all day, chances are its incessant beeping is trying to remind you that it’s time to give it a rest and pull the plug. That being said, although it’s advised against, you can probably deactivate the beeping in case you don’t want to disconnect it every time you’re done cooking.
Solution: Remind yourself to unplug your appliance after every use, this will save you a lot of money, and probably end your beeping problem.
#4 Something’s Wrong With the Fan
If none of the solutions above fixed your problem, it’s time to move to more technical factors.
I was not kidding when I said that air fryers are very sophisticated machines. As soon as something’s wrong inside them, they will let you know, in the loudest possible way. If your air fryer keeps beeping at you, there could be something wrong with your fan.
As you can imagine, when this component fails or is having trouble operating due to debris or damage, your appliance is in trouble, as the fan is responsible for circulating the hot air and cooking your food. If you suspect this to be the case, it’s a good idea to “look under the hood”.
Don’t worry, it should be pretty straightforward.
Solution: Follow these steps to access your fan:
- Unplug your appliance and let it cool down
- Look for screws at the bottom, or the top (this will depend on your model)
- Identify the screws and remove them with a screwdriver
- Remove the outer lid and expose your appliance’s guts
- Find the fan and look for any damage or wires obstructing it
If you find any kind of damage, you’ll have to replace the fan to guarantee the optimal functioning of your air fryer. You can do a quick Google search on your appliance’s make and model to find the right replacement.
#5 Your Thermal Fuse Is Blown
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Having a blown thermal fuse is problematic, but it means that your appliance was saved from extensive damage.
In case you’re not familiar with thermal fuses, they are, in a nutshell, the guardians of your air fryer. They detect the temperature building up inside it and protect its internal components from overheating by “blowing” and cutting off all electrical conduction.
If yours is blown, it means that, at some point between operating cycles, your air fryer overheated. In this case, it’s very important that you replace the part as soon as possible. Moreover, this occurrence is the symptom of a more concerning condition, as your air fryer should not be overheating.
It’s annoying, but always listen to your air fryer when it keeps beeping at you, it’s likely trying to tell you something important.
Solution: Follow the steps from the previous point to access your appliance’s guts and expose the thermal fuse.
Once you have comfortable access to it, you can test it with a multimeter to determine this as the cause. Normally, blown fuses are very evident to the naked eye, as there’s blackening and a broken filament inside the glass body, but it’s never a bad idea to double-check with a meter.
If there’s no continuity, you’ll have to replace the part.
#6 Something’s Loose
This could happen for a number of reasons, from an accidental drop on your end to poor assembling or transportation conditions in your manufacturer’s supply chain.
The problem with loose components is that anything could be out of place, so the symptoms may vary. For some people, this problem may cause a total malfunction, whereas, for others, it might just cause incessant beeping noises.
Whatever the case may be, you’ll have to go in and do some observation to spot any anomalies.
Solution: Follow the steps from point #4 to expose your appliance’s internal wiring and look for anything that looks loose or entirely detached. If you have your air fryer’s wiring diagram, it will prove extremely useful. If not, you can probably find it online by Googling your make and model.
In case you do find something out of place and know how to use a soldering iron, you can use it to reattach whatever is needed.
If at any point you’re unsure as to how to open and disassemble your air fryer, there are many online videos that can show you the process in a more visual way.
Having your air fryer fail can be inconvenient, to say the least.
Once you’ve tried all the incredible possibilities this appliance presents to you, it’s nearly impossible to go back to other cooking methods, so it’s important to give your air fryer maintenance and do everything you can to keep it in tip-top shape.
More often than not, when your air fryer keeps beeping at you, it’s just operating normally and executing all the safety measures that have been built into it, but on some rare occasions, it could also be trying to tell you about an internal problem. Listen carefully.
There’s no shame in getting a technician’s assistance if you do not feel confident enough to do the inspections needed yourself. I commend you for trying to learn, but safety comes first, always. Besides, you can still learn by watching the professionals work like in this video.
Thank you for reading. I hope you learned something new today and managed to resolve your issue. We have tons of other wonderful resources below, why not check them out and keep the learning going?