How to Troubleshoot Air Fryer Problems

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Air Fryers have moving parts and interact with your food, just like your KitchenAid mixer, Panasonic microwave, and Cuisinart smart stick. This means that from time to time you will need to troubleshoot air fryer problems. In general, you will be able to solve all the common problems with your appliance with the help of the instruction booklet or this page, if you’ve already recycled it.

Air Fryer Power Problems

Symptoms:

  • The air fryer doesn’t turn on
  • The air fryer turns off in the middle of cooking

Solutions:

This is most common when the cord connection at the wall or at the air fryer is loose. Clearly, it will be easy to fix any problems at the wall where you simply need to remove and reinsert the plug for a better connection. If, after your air fryer stops, nothing seems to work to get it started again you might need to check the circuit breaker for that outlet. Before you go to the panel be sure to test other devices connected to the same outlet to make sure nothing works. Though unlikely you might find that the connection between the power cord and the fryer is faulty. Since most models have the cord enter the unit without a serviceable connection it is best to take it to a repair shop for inspection if you believe it is on the appliance side. With how cheap these are becoming, you might simply consider ordering a new air fryer and saving yourself the time of finding and working with a repair shop.

White Smoke From My Air Fryer

  • White smoke appears to be coming from the air fryer

Solutions:

The white smoke you are seeing is most likely steam. This happens when the food is particularly moist or when there is significant amounts of fat in the foods that you are cooking. In either case what is really happening is that the water in the food is vaporizing and when it circulates out of the air fryer it does so as steam. This can look like white smoke but, as I said, it is highly unlikely that it is truly smoke. If you are unsure all you need to do is smell it. Not having an odor other than the food being cooked then it is steam. If it smells like a fire then you should immediately unplug the appliance since this is a very serious problem. Do not plug the unit in to test it if you believe it truly was smoking. Take it to a repair shop of dispose of it appropriately or purchase a new one. Purchasing a new fryer may be more economical with the lowering prices of the best models.

Black Smoke From My Air Fryer

Symptoms:

  • Black smoke comes from the air fryer while cooking

Solutions:

This can happen when you are cooking fatty foods. Often when cooking fatty foods at high temperatures smoke is created because the oil that has come from the food is burning. This causes an awful smell and you can literally watch the smoke come out of the basket area.

To prevent smoke when cooking fatty foods add a little water to the bottom of the basket. This will give the oil a place to land and will help keep the temperature of the oil down so that it doesn’t smoke.

Blue Smoke From My Air Fryer

Symptoms:

  • Blue smoke comes from the air fryer while cooking

Solutions:

This is exceptionally rare. If this does happen it indicates that there is an electrical problem in the air fryer that is causing extreme heat to the point that components, likely plastic, is melting or burning. Immediately unplug the air fryer and do not plug it back in until you have had a chance to have a repair facility resolve the problem. If you do not have the time or desire to work with a repair shop then you can consider purchasing a new air fryer. There are many on the market and you will likely be able to find a direct replacement. You will find that this problem is extremely unlikely for fryers build to the “UL listed” standard in the United States and equivalent certifications elsewhere.

Lingering Food Smells In The Air Fryer

Symptoms:

  • Food comes out smelling like other foods cooked in the air fryer
  • The air fryer has an odor of foods previously cooked

Solutions:

In either case, this is really a cleaning problem. When you troubleshoot air fryer problems you will find that this is the most common of them. Take the time to take apart all the trays, racks, and the like. Clean each piece anew with soap and warm water, or in the dishwasher if that is recommended by the manufacturer. You should also clean the inside of the air fryer where the tray is inserted. Continue by cleaning all exterior surfaces of the air fryer. It may be the case that some oils from foods have become trapped in the various corners or surfaces of the air fryer or its parts. By giving the unit a great cleaning you will find that any lingering smells go away. You should also consider cleaning the air fryer more thoroughly on a more regular basis to avoid odor producing buildup

Lack of Crispy Finish From Air Fryer

Symptoms:

  • Soggy, chewy, or generally soft foods at the end of the cooking time
  • Food that is too dry at the end of the cooking time

Solutions:

The texture is one of the most common problems that people try to adjust for with their air fryer. The texture is one of the most important aspects of foods like steaks, fries, and battered meals. Though the name and marketing materials suggest that air fryers do not need oil. Most users find that providing a very thin and light layer of oil sprayed to the outside of foods brings the best results when it comes to texture on most foods. This is because the fine layer of oil cooks the food from the edge in ways that hot air alone cannot. If your favorite foods are coming out too soft on the outside, follow the suggestions for applying a small amount of oil to the outside and see what sort of results you get. If you just cannot get the result you want we suggest you check out our recommendations for the very popular line of convection cookers available.

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