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


Is your bread machine not turning on or starting?

You’re not alone! Experiencing issues while trying to use your bread maker can be super frustrating, especially when craving some toast.

But don’t worry; I’m here to help.

If your bread machine won’t turn on or start, check the power outlet, cancel any timer settings, and leave it unplugged for 30 minutes. If the issue persists, check for a blown fuse or consult your warranty.

Read on to get your bread machine working again!

5 Ways to Get an Unresponsive Bread Machine to Turn on

Different reasons can explain why your bread maker won’t turn on or start. Luckily, there are various solutions you can try to forget all about the issue.

Unresponsive bread machine
Unresponsive bread machines can be fixed using the tips below!

#1 Ensure the Power Outlet Is Working

I tend to find that when a bread maker is not turning on or starting, it’s typically due to a faulty power outlet.

Try plugging your bread maker into a different outlet. If it turns on, there’s a problem with the power outlet you were trying to use, and you need to contact a certified electrician.

electrical outlet
Plug the bread machine into a different power outlet.

Is your bread maker not heating up or starting even when plugged into a different outlet? Then it’s crucial to check the power cord. If it’s damaged, it will prevent the appliance from functioning properly.

In such cases, you must replace the power cord with a compatible one and try turning on the bread maker again.

#2 Cancel Any Timer Settings

When fixing an unresponsive bread maker, I always check the timer settings.

You see, some bread machines have timer settings that delay the beginning of the baking process to:

  • Give you time to gather and add the ingredients so the machine turns on later.
  • Turn the machine on overnight to wake up to fresh bread.
  • Turn the machine on halfway through the evening to have fresh bread just in time for dinner.

So, if your bread maker was set on a timer, it won’t start up for hours after you press the start button. You need 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 turn your timer off 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 “cancel”.
  • Unplug the bread machine for 30 minutes, then plug it back in again.
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Press and hold your bread maker’s “stop” button for 5 seconds to turn the timer setting off.

#3 Leave Your Bread Maker Unplugged for 30 Minutes

If your bread machine is still not turning on or starting, unplug it and wait 30 minutes.

You see, bread makers have a memory that helps them remember their programmed settings even if they lose power. From what I’ve seen, most bread machines’ memory doesn’t last longer than 30 minutes.

So, simply unplugging your bread maker and plugging it back in isn’t enough to reset it. You have to leave it unplugged for longer to reset it and clear any programs that could keep your bread maker from starting.

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.
unplugging plug
If your bread machine won’t turn on, leave it unplugged for 30 minutes.

#4 Check for a Blown Fuse

When troubleshooting an unresponsive bread machine, you also need to check the circuit breaker and reset it by flipping the switch to the “Off” position, waiting for a few minutes, and flipping it back to “On”.

If your bread maker still doesn’t turn on, another potential cause could be a blown fuse. So, please locate the fuse box and look for any fuses with a broken or melted wire inside.

If you notice any blown fuses, you’ll need to replace them with new, compatible ones.

To keep your bread maker from tripping your fuse box again, avoid using extension cords and move it to a dedicated circuit.

#5 Consult Your Warranty

The next best thing to do if your bread maker still isn’t working is to contact the manufacturer, as it’s clear that there’s a more serious problem with its internal components.

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

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

  • Check the user guide. It 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.

If your bread machine is not under warranty, contact an electrician to inspect the unit.

Keep in mind that the right solution for your bread maker will probably include replacing parts, which could be complicated if you have a slightly older model. In such cases, I find that it’s more cost-effective 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.

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If your bread maker still doesn’t work, contact the manufacturer.

Wrapping Up: Fixing an Unresponsive Bread Maker

Hopefully, now you know how to fix your bread maker issues.

Remember that if your bread maker won’t turn on or start, turning off any timer settings or leaving it unplugged for 30 minutes can solve the issue. Don’t forget that if the problem persists, you’ll need to check the power outlet and cord, inspect the fuse box, or consult the manufacturer.

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