Food Processor Leaking? 6 Steps to Stopping That Leak
Is your food processor leaking? A simple replacement could make it all better. Here are 6 steps to stopping that leak.
Food processors are incredible. I’ve lost count of how many times I was in a rush to prepare something and my appliance saved the day. It’s amazing how versatile they are and how easy it is to get them to work.
They are an essential part of every kitchen, so, what happens when they start leaking? All their magic pours down the countertop, leaving a big, gooey mess. It’s astounding how such a convenient appliance can turn into an inconvenience in the blink of an eye.
There are many reasons why your food processor might be leaking, ranging from small cracks to overfilling and other user-related errors. The good news is that most of the causes of this occurrence are very easy and quick to fix, so you’ll be able to get back to processing your food in no time.
Below, I’ve prepared a list of the most common causes behind this culinary situation, I’m sure one of them is responsible for your frustration. By the end of this article, your appliance will be as good as new.
Ready? Let’s plug that leak!
Fixing a Leaking Food Processor
As I said before, there could be several explanations for your conundrum. After all, food processors are appliances we use almost on a daily basis, so it should come as no surprise that, after some time, they start showing signs of aging or wear and tear.
If your food processor is leaking, it could be due to:
- Not closing the lid properly
- A cracked lid
- Hairline cracks on your bowl
- A broken gasket
- Using the wrong blades
#1 Not Closing the Lid Properly
I know what you’re thinking, “that’s not possible, I always close the lid perfectly”, and I believe you. The thing is, life is crazy these days, and missing something so negligible is very easy!
There might not be anything wrong with your food processor, just make sure you press down all the way and see if that takes care of the issue.
Solution: A post-it always works great for me, I tend to be very forgetful.
#2 A Cracked Lid
Ok, so you are now 100% certain that the lid is closed all the way, but your food processor is still leaking. Why?
Your lid might be cracked.
Food processor parts are made to be resistant to heat, moisture, and many other extreme conditions, but they are not indestructible. If yours has experienced a drop or two or has been subjected to sudden temperature changes, there’s a chance that it has sustained some damage.
The best way to tell is to pay close attention to all the details. If you have a magnifying glass, you could use it to help you identify any anomalies.
Solution: If you determine that your food processor’s lid is in fact broken or cracked, you’ll have to replace it. Sadly, there is no way to fix it without compromising the adequate operation of the appliance, and leaks could still happen.
The part should not be very expensive but finding the right one can be a bit challenging. Not all lids fit all models, so you’ll have to tread carefully and measure the food processor’s diameter to ensure the proper fitting of the new part.
So, pressing the lid all the way down and checking for cracks didn’t work, now what? You check your portion sizes.
Overfilling your food processor is one of the easiest ways to cause leaks and reduce your appliance’s lifespan. Even if the lid is unscathed and tightly secured where it belongs, exceeding your food processor’s maximum capacity will cause leaks.
When you process your food (especially juicy fruits and vegetables), it releases water and the volume inside the bowl increases. If you’ve overfilled your appliance, the expanded volume will have nowhere to go, but upwards, and out.
Some food processors are small and designed for individual servings, if you cook for guests or your family regularly, it might be a good idea to do some research and find a bowl that fits your needs.
Solution: Look inside your food processor for a “Fill” marking. It should be near the top of the bowl. Try to never go over it, or you’ll have leaking.
#4 Hairline Cracks on Your Bowl
The next part of your food processor we must review is the bowl. I’m glad your lid is not cracked, but that just means that the bowl could have absorbed most of the damage.
As you can imagine, having cracks on your bowl is bad news, as every single thing you put in there will eventually seep out.
I should say, that I’m using the word “cracks” very carelessly, so let me specify. I’m not talking about big, noticeable lines all over your appliance, I’m talking about hair-sized minuscule fractures. Believe it or not, even if you can’t see them immediately, they are very problematic.
If your food processor is leaking, and you’ve already discarded a broken lid, user-related errors, and overfilling, this is the next most likely culprit.
Solution: Get a new bowl.
You were probably expecting better news, but there’s just no way around it. If this were a rice cooker, I would suggest using food-grade epoxy, as it’s temperature and moisture resistant, but food processors are much more complex.
For starters, you have liquid inside the bowl, and if you add to that the fact that there’s intense centrifugal force occurring when it operates, food-grade epoxy no longer remains an option.
Now, it’s not all bad. Finding a food processor’s replacement bowl is not very expensive. You’ll be alright!
#5 Your Gasket Is Broken
Your food processor’s gasket is probably one of its most important parts. Not as indispensable as the motor, mind you, but it’s definitely essential.
If this is your first time trying to fix your own food processor, you’re probably not familiarized with it. A gasket is, essentially, a rubber ring that goes between your appliance’s blade, and the body of the motor. It prevents leaking and forms a seal between both parts.
As time goes by, it can become dry and brittle, thus compromising its containment abilities and leaving your kitchen countertop flooded.
Solution: Replace it. Here’s a video on how to replace the gasket.
Just as it happens with your food processor’s bowl and lid, there’s no way to fix the gasket. Luckily, these parts are not expensive at all, and you can find them at your nearest hardware store. Just make sure to measure the old one’s diameter to guarantee the replacement will fit tightly and preserve the seal.
#6 Using the Wrong Blades
If you’ve had your food processor for a while, or use it regularly, you know that different types of food require different types of blades.
You can’t use the soup blades to dice carrots, for example.
I mean…you can, but you shouldn’t. Each blade is designed to fulfill a specific purpose, which means that, when they’re used incorrectly, they could be contributing to your leaking problem.
Solution: Read the user manual in case you’re not sure which blade is designed for which food. By learning to operate your food processor adequately, not only will you fix your leaking problem, but also extend your appliance’s lifespan significantly.
Do I Need to Call a Professional?
The answer to that question will depend on the status of your warranty. If you’re still under coverage, you should definitely call one of your manufacturer’s professionals to fix the issue. That being said, these companies will only make your warranty valid if the broken part was damaged during normal use.
This means that cracking from accidental falls and some other specific problems may not be covered. Make sure to check your warranty to find the details of your particular case.
On the other hand, if your warranty has expired, I definitely recommend trying to do the repairs yourself, as they’re beginner-friendly, and will save you a lot of money.
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When your food processor is leaking, you’re so busy cleaning up the mess it made, that you can’t think clearly about the cause itself. All you know is that it’s very, very frustrating.
Having an appliance so essential fail can be disastrous for your kitchen rhythm and your meal plans. Luckily, addressing the issue and getting your food processor back to normal is simple and quick.
In most cases, the reason behind the leaking is a small crack or a broken piece of rubber, all of which can be very easily replaced whenever necessary. And yes, while it can be a nightmare to try and find the right spare part for your model, it is usually inexpensive.
Always read your warranty, and take the necessary safety precautions prior to tampering with your appliance to keep yourself out of harm’s way.
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