Bread Machine Won’t Turn on or Start 5 Fixes to Try


Are you poised and ready to whip together a loaf of bread but can’t get your bread machine to respond? Then follow the 5 fixes in this article that will help it to start working again.

If your bread machine won’t turn on or start, do this:

  1. Ensure the power outlet is working
  2. Check for a blown fuse
  3. Cancel any timer settings
  4. Leave it unplugged for 30 minutes
  5. Consult your warranty

There you have it, 5 simple ways to get your bread machine back on its feet. Now it’s time for us to tackle yours using the following section. There, you will have access to everything you need to know about repairing your bread machine.

5 Ways to Get an Unresponsive Bread Machine to Turn on

Is your bread machine doing, well…nothing? You’ve pressed the “start” button about a million times, but it’s as dead as a doornail. You’ve left it alone and come back to it but it’s still not showing any signs of life. Now your quick and easy bread recipe is looking more complicated than you had imagined. What can you do?

Coming up next, you’ll see 5 methods you can use to fix your bread machine. In it, you’ll see common things that interrupt bread machines from working well. These should help you solve your problem.

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Unresponsive bread machines can be solved using the tips below!

Fix #1 Ensure the Power Outlet Is Working

The first thing to do is to make sure that the power outlet is working. This may seem like a super basic step so we won’t labor over it. Here’s what you need to do to check your power outlet is working.

  1. Plug the bread machine into a different power outlet
  2. Try to turn the bread machine on. If it turns on, you can conclude that there is a problem with your power outlet. You will need to contact an electrician to fix it. If the bread machine still doesn’t turn on, move on to the following fix in this article.
electrical outlet
Plug the bread machine into a different power outlet

Fix #2 Check for a Blown Fuse

Another important electrical check will take place in your fuse box. You should check your fuse box to see if one has tripped. If it has, reset it. The bread maker will not work if your fuse box has tripped.

Here are a few things to try if your bread maker keeps tripping your fuse box.

  • Move the bread maker onto a different circuit. Plug it into a circuit that is not full of electrical items.
  • Discontinue its use and consult the manufacturer. If your bread maker continues to trip a fuse, stop using it. You should consult the manufacturer of the unit. There seems to be a more serious problem with the machine.
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Reset any tripped fuses

Fix #3 Cancel Any Timer Settings

Some bread machines have timer settings. These settings delay the beginning of the baking process. This setting is used in the following ways:

  • To give you time to gather and add the ingredients so that the machine turns on later
  • To turn the machine on overnight so that you can wake up to fresh bread
  • To turn the machine on halfway through the evening so that you can have fresh bread just in time for dinner

As you can see, all of these settings delay the cooking process. If your bread machine was set on a timer, it may not start up for hours after you press the start button. What you need to do here is to cancel the timer setting so that your bread machine will turn on as soon as you want it to.

Every bread machine is different. Even still, here are some steps that will help you to turn the timer off of yours and start baking immediately. Choose the steps that best correspond to your model.

  • Press and hold the “stop” button for 5 seconds
  • Press the “delay start time” button then press “cancel”
  • Unplug the bread machine for 30 minutes then plug it back in again
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Press and hold the “stop” button for 5 seconds

Fix #4 Leave it Unplugged for 30 Minutes

Your bread machine has a memory. This memory helps the machine to remember its programmed settings even if it loses power. This helps your bread machine to continue where it left off if it loses power momentarily during an outage. Most bread machines, however, do not have a long memory. It doesn’t usually last longer than 30 minutes.

Why is this important? Well, simply plugging your bread machine out and then plugging it back in again isn’t enough to reset the machine. You have to leave the machine unplugged for longer to reset it. Resetting should clear any programs. These include the delayed start timer and should also clear its cache.

Clearing your bread machines memory is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Unplug the bread machine from the power outlet
  2. Leave the bread machine unplugged for 30 minutes
  3. Plug it back in and try to turn it on
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Leave the bread machine unplugged for 30 minutes

Fix #5 Consult Your Warranty

You’ve tried everything but haven’t had any success so far. You’ve checked your power outlet and fuse box, canceled timer settings, and even left the bread machine unplugged for 30 minutes. What else can you do?

The next best thing to do if your bread maker still isn’t working is to contact the manufacturer. It is clear that there is a more serious problem with the bread machine.

Not sure how to contact the manufacturer? Here are a couple of ways:

  • Check the user guide. This should contain the manufacturer’s contact details.
  • Search for the information on the internet. Typing in the make and model of your bread machine should help you find the contact information you need.

First, you should check if the machine is still under warranty. If it is, you may be able to get a repair or a replacement free of charge.

If it isn’t you should contact an electrician to take a good look at the unit. A qualified electrician should be able to pinpoint the problem. The right solution for your bread maker might include replacing parts. This could be complicated if you have a slightly older model. In this case, the electrician may decide that the cheapest solution is to ditch the bread maker and start afresh.

Do you think you were sold a faulty product? Then you should return the bread maker to the retailer. If returned within 28 days, you should be able to get your money back. Alternatively, you should be able to swap the bread machine for another model.

bread maker
If your bread maker still doesn’t work, you will need to contact the manufacturer


Are you struggling to get your bread maker to turn on? Then making a simple loaf of bread has just become a lot tougher than you had bargained. But I’m confident that the 5 tips in this article have helped you to find out what’s wrong with the bread machine and to fix it. And if it can’t be fixed, I’m sure it’s pointed you in the right direction to get help from the manufacturer of the unit.

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Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more