With the technicians at Miami Appliance Repair Masters, we typically don’t deal with what is considered “small appliance repair” – we typically focus on things like refrigerators, dishwasher, washers and dryers. But today I’ve been asked by a friend to look at their kitchen stand mixer, so… here we go.
Here we have a KitchenAid Mixer, this is actually an epicurean, but they’re all built very similarly and it skips a gear, kind of holds on a certain spot on the planetary, this part here is called the planetary, it has all the gears. So I’ll go ahead and show you. With no resistance, it will go around just fine, but as you can see right there, that’s not suppose to happen.
So we are going to take this apart. First thing you want to do is unplug it. Okay. Once you unplug it, you are going to get a Phillips, that’s the pointy star shaped screwdriver and right on the back, this metal band comes off with that screw. This just comes off and it reveals a bunch of screws, as you can see. We’re going to take those out.
If you used your mixer for cookies and kind of minor stuff, pretty simple mixes, a cookie dough isn’t very tough, but if you are mixing pounds and pounds of bread dough or if you are grinding wheat, grinders and tasks like that, that have a lot of resistance, it can wear out the teeth in the planetary and I will show you that.
If you’ve never taken this apart, you might want to vacuum and a clean work space, because it can get very dusty underneath this part. If you’ve never taken it apart, it should be dusty. That pops right off. So here you have the motor, this is the control gear panel and up here this gear box is the planetary box. There’s a lot of different things that people call it.
We are going to take that off. There’s actually a screw right under here and here and here, here and here. So we are going to remove the main board, just right there, to get to that screw. Now what I’m anticipating finding is a stripped tooth from a gear. And you want to keep track of your screws.
You don’t want any extra pieces when you put this back together. So I am going to go ahead and leave that screw in there. Put this screw in here. And I have this old piece of plastic foam, I am going to use that to put these parts on, it can get very greasy. And if you find the part that you are looking for, you can just find the manual online, that will have the parts list.
Often times you can find the part on Ebay for a lot cheaper than other places, but the local places are convenient because they might be right down the street and you want to fix your mixer right away. Okay. So once I take this off, it’s going to be a lot of grease. I’ll probably put some gloves on.
We’ll center this right here, take this off and as you can see, this is the gear for the grinder and you’ll be able to see the wear on it or maybe metal shards; there are none in here, so that’s good. Okay. This is the worm gear and I am going to get some gloves on and see what I can find. Okay. This ring slides right off and it exposes this retaining ring here.