Does your slow cooker keep turning off? There might be a faulty component to blame! Here’s 3 possible causes & fixes.

Slow cookers, as their name suggests, are meant to be on for very long periods to achieve that special “je ne sais quoi” in the cooking process.

There are recipes for all tastes out there, ranging from a couple of hours, to almost half a day. So what happens when your slow cooker keeps turning off, preventing you from executing all the delicious recipes in your mind?

Well, fortunately, you won’t have to ask yourself that question for long, as I’ve prepared a list of 3 reasons why this could happen, and how you can address it.

Now, let’s get you back to doing magic in the kitchen!

Front Photo of slow cooker
Slow cookers are easy to use and they break much less frequently than other appliances do. Nevertheless, things can go wrong, so check out below some common problems that can occur.

Your Slow Cooker Could Keep Turning off Due To…

  • A bad cord
  • A broken switch
  • A faulty heating element

Normally, when a slow cooker keeps turning off prematurely, it’s a sign of wear and tear or a malfunctioning component.

There are several ways to test this and start ruling out potential culprits. All you need to check the viability of your slow cooker’s parts is:

  • Screwdriver (cross or flat, depending on your model)
  • Pliers
  • Multimeter

Accessing your unit should be simple enough, don’t worry!

#1 A Bad Cord

Test your power cord in different wall sockets

This might seem obvious, but we often have the bad habit of overcomplicating our lives and looking for the most farfetched answers to our questions.

Breaking an electrical appliance’s cord is simpler than it seems. Something as negligible as having it bent against a wall for too long could cause enough stress to damage it.

Even regular wear and tear could break some internal wiring on it, so, if you’ve had your slow cooker for a long time, this is definitely a possibility.

Now, before going on a shopping spree looking for state-of-the-art slow cooker deals online, you should know this is an easy fix, and a quick test!

Solution: Unplug your slow cooker and try plugging it into a different outlet around the house. The further away from the one you regularly use, the better.

If your slow cooker keeps turning off even when connected to a different power outlet, you’re one step closer to finding the solution. You can also try to very carefully move the slow cooker’s cord a bit to see if this causes it to turn off.

Once you have determined the cord is to blame, you can look for a new one online, or get it at your nearest brick and mortar retailer.

#2 A Broken Switch

A broken timer switch can make your slow cooker turn off prematurely

You set your timer to finish cooking in 3 hours, but after 30 minutes, your slow cooker has turned itself off, what is going on?

Most likely the problem lies in your timer switch.

As you know, this internal switch, which controls the external timer knob on your slow cooker, is responsible for determining how long the appliance is on and working.

When your timer switch fails, your slow cooker’s ability to adequately follow your timing instructions is compromised. If your slow cooker operates normally, but tends to turn off early, this could be the reason.

Solution: Alright, time to bring out the tools I mentioned earlier. Unplug your slow cooker from the wall outlet, and flip it upside down. Use your screwdriver to undo the screws at the bottom in order to access the wiring and internal components of the appliance.

Finally, test the switch behind the timing knob with your multimeter to see if it is conducting properly.

If it’s not, it’s time to buy a new switch and replace the old one.

#3 A Faulty Heating Element

How exactly does a slow cooker generate heat to cook your food? With it’s heating element, that’s how!

In layman’s terms, this component is responsible for converting the electrical energy that flows into it from your power outlet into heat for your slow cooker to do its job.

If your heating element is faulty or broken altogether, this could be the reason why your slow cooker keeps turning off after a little while.

Replacing Slow Cooker Heating Element with a Screwdriver
If your heating element is broken, it will not be able to produce heat in your slow cooker. 

Heating elements are not exclusive to slow cookers, as they can be found in a wide variety of appliances, both cooking-related, and not! And although this component is the heart and soul of your trusty slow cooker, the replacement process is quite simple.

Solution: Unplug your slow cooker, and repeat the process from point #2 to disassemble it and expose the internal components. Do a quick Google search to find what the heating element looks like and identify it on your model.

Once you have done that, simply test the conductivity with your multimeter. If you get a positive result, the heating element is not the issue, but if you determine there’s no conductivity, it’s time for a replacement.


If none of the previous tests fixed your problem, you might be looking at a circuit board malfunction.

If this is the case, you’ll have to call a technician you trust to try and replace it for you, but I’d advise against it and recommend you get a new slow cooker instead! It will be much cheaper in the long run.


Having your slow cooker fail can be very frustrating.

If you’ve noticed that it keeps turning off earlier than you programmed it to, you need to address the issue as soon as possible. This will not only get you back on track towards preparing delicious meals in a simple way, but also prevent further damage from occurring.

When a single component fails, it prevents your slow cooker from operating normally, which will eventually cause other problems to surface as time goes by. Be sure to test component conductivity and viability before spending money on repair parts you may not need.

Remember to always unplug your slow cooker before tampering with it to protect yourself from an electrical discharge.

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