Is your juicer leaking? Some stringy pulp could be the culprit. Here are 5 steps to stopping that leak.

Juicers are an essential part of most people’s morning routines. A fresh cup of coffee is great, but how are you supposed to start your day without a freshly-squeezed glass of orange juice? It’s unimaginable.

Ever since they were invented in the 1930s, these appliances have revolutionized the way in which we operate our kitchen, and drink our natural vitamins. And while, compared to other appliances these days, they don’t seem very sophisticated, they are heavily interdependent when it comes to their internal components.

This means that, even the slightest failure or user-related error could trigger a chain reaction and cause them to leak.

Is this happening to you right now? I’m sorry to hear that.

But don’t throw your appliance away just yet. Even if the leak seems to be a major problem, it probably isn’t. In fact, the issue could just be due to improper assembly or careless operation, nothing that reading your user manual again can’t solve.

Below, I prepared a list of the most common causes of a leaky juicer. Rest assured that by the end of it, you will most likely have found the culprit and addressed it.

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

Stopping a Leaky Juicer

The first mistake I see most people doing is trying to find a technical explanation to their problem. More often than not, the failure has nothing to do with the appliance’s internal components. 

You’d be surprised at how many times people have spent copious amounts of money in technicians and replacement parts they did not need, only to find the answer lied with the way they used their machines.

And who can blame them? Juicers are specifically designed to make our lives easier and save us time, so it’s completely normal that, from time to time, we fail to pay attention to them. But I won’t let you become a part of that statistic!

Your juicer could be leaking due to:

  • A partially open pulp lever
  • An overfilled juice chamber
  • A broken juice chamber
  • Stuck stringy fibers
  • A dirty filter basket

#1 A Partially Open Pulp Lever

pulp building up on the juicer basket
Check that your pulp lever is not fully open

If your appliance is one of those models that allows you to control the amount of pulp that passes through, you might have accidentally left your pulp lever open, or it could be altogether broken.

As you know, the fully open position of the lever is only meant to be used for cleaning, which means that, if it’s in this position while you’re operating it, there could be a leak, and a mess on your kitchen countertop. This problem is even worse if you’re someone who hates pulp, as you’ll end up with glasses full of it.

Solution: Make sure to check that the lever is fully closed before you start the juicing process. If you do this and there’s still a leak, chances are it’s broken, and you’ll need to replace it.

You can go about this either by doing a quick Google search to find the one that fits your make and model, or contact your manufacturer directly if your warranty is still active.

#2 An Overfilled Juice Chamber

If your pulp lever was properly closed and undamaged, chances are the leak is being caused by an overfilled juice chamber.

If you’re not sure as to what the maximum capacity your particular model can take, you can consult your user manual and find the information there. Alternatively, look for a “Max” marking in your juice chamber and try to never go above it.

Solution: If you constantly find yourself in the need to prepare larger batches for both friends and family, you might want to consider getting a bigger model. This way, you’ll get the batches you require, without having to overfill the chamber.

Juicers are not terribly complicated, but they do require certain specific maintenance measures to guarantee their optimal functioning. You can always go online and find useful tips to help you maintain your juicer appropriately.

#3 A Broken Juice Chamber

Woman with apron preparing a healthy fruit juice
Check your chamber for cracks

If you’re 100% positive that your pulp lever is fully closed, and your chamber is not overfilled, there is a chance that the latter might be broken.

Missing something like this is easier than you think. For your chamber to leak, you don’t need to have penny-sized holes on the side of it. Even small hairline fractures, that are nearly invisible to the human eye, could be to blame.

This could occur due to several factors, ranging from poor transportation conditions in your manufacturer’s supply chain, to accidental drops over the years. Depending on the reason behind your particular problem and the status of your warranty coverage, there are some steps you can take.

Solution: If you’re still under coverage, and know for sure that these small cracks appeared under normal operating conditions, you have nothing to worry bout. Most manufacturers will cover that damage for free, unless otherwise specified in your warranty’s terms & conditions.

On the other hand, if the damage came from an accidental drop, or you’re no longer under coverage, depending on how much you paid for your juicer, you can either try and get a new one, or try and get a replacement chamber.

The latter can be a bit challenging as most manufacturers will design their juice chambers under specific measurements, so finding the right one could take a while

#4 Stuck Stringy Fibers

Some fruits and vegetables might have stringier pulp than others. This could explain your leaking problem. Let me elaborate.

If you clean your juicer regularly, this should not be a problem, but if you’re in the habit of letting a couple of days go by before taking apart your appliance and giving it a good cleaning and scrubbing, chances are some stringy pulp could be caught between your components.

As you can imagine, juicers are designed to function under certain specific conditions. When these are not met, you can experience several issues such as leaking, overheating, general malfunction and many other inconveniences stemming from improper cleaning.

The rate at which this happens can vary depending on the vegetables and fruits that you juice. For example, if you constantly use your juicer for preparing orange, pineapple or carrot juice, this situation can take longer to manifest itself.

But if you just can’t live without green juice, the stringy pulp within the celery stalks you use, could give you trouble much sooner.

Solution: Ideally, you’re going to want to clean your juicer once every day. If this is not possible, try doing it at least every other day. This will not only help you prevent this issue from happening, but also extend your appliance’s life span dramatically.

If you’re reading this and want to get your appliance clean right away, please look at the following steps. There might be some variation from model to model, but it should be very straightforward:

  1. Carefully unplug your appliance
  2. Remove the juice chamber
  3. Remove the pulp basket
  4. Put both parts in lukewarm water to soak
  5. Clean any excess pulp inside the appliance
  6. Scrub off any fruit/vegetable residue from the chamber and basket
  7. Carefully reassemble

If you want to take things to the next level in disinfection, you can leave the parts to soak in a water-vinegar mixture. This will help kill any lingering bacteria, but if rinsed off improperly, you might get a slight vinegary taste in a couple of future batches.

If you’re a visual person like me, there are tons of online videos you can check out to see how to properly disassemble your appliance and follow along.

#5 A Dirty Filter Basket

Openning Deposit of Juice Maker
It’s important to clean your juicer all the time

At this point, I might sound like a broken record, but it just goes to show you how important it is to keep your juicer squeaky clean at all times.  A dirty filter basket can cause a lot of problems real fast, especially if you set your appliance to remove as much pulp as possible.

When there’s excessive buildup, the juice coming from your vegetables or fruits cannot get through the filter, causing pooling and eventual leaking.

Solution: Just like I said in the previous point, try to keep your juicer’s basket and all its other internal components as clean as possible every day. It will change your life!

Conclusion

Having a leaky juicer is a kitchen nightmare. Not only is all the precious juice now wasted, but also there is a mess in your kitchen countertop that must be cleaned. Talk about a bad morning.

This issue could be happening for a number of reasons, and as you’ve learned on this list, not all of them are related to you. Sometimes, it all could be due to poor transportation conditions on your manufacturer’s end, or a factory defect.

While those external factors are beyond your control, there are several things you can do on your end that will keep your appliance working optimally and under the most hygienic conditions.

Remember to always double-check that every nook and cranny is properly closed, and clean your appliance regularly.

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Happy juicing!