I've had this mixer a number of years, wonderful machine! Moved to Wyoming from Alabama a few years ago. In transit, I guess it got knocked around a bit. The beaters beat against the side of the bowl something awful. Lost my manual in transit, couldn't figure out how to adjust it. Haven't tried for two years. Now I downloaded the manual this evening, but find the machine won't turn on at all....
If you remove the top you will find a tiny fuse wrapped in a black band
on the left side from the back. It connects two white wires which power
the top-side motor brush. Most likely this needs to be replaced. You
can check by bypassing it with roach clips or a copper wire. Unplug the
machine first and be careful!
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Re: kitchenaid k45ss won't turn on
If the beaters are clanging against the bowl you need to adjust the head height of the mixer head, The adjudting screw is nylon so it would not be surprising if it went in or out during the move. If you have a tilt head mixer, raise the motor head and look into the frame / base that holds the head and you will see a screw that screw will raise or lower the beaters away or towards the bowl. The clearance for beater from bowl is 1/16 inch between the beater and the bowl. that should stop the beaters from clanging on the bowl.
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When you said "the speed switch doesn't want to stay in the off position", you meant to
say "the speed switch in the OFF position does not turn OFF the mixer", or "the speed
switch physically cannot be moved to the OFF position"?
In any case, try to adjust the mixer speeds. Obtain a copy of the K45SS Repair Part List from Kitchenaid.com. Remove the screw holding the End Cover and locate the three screws from the Control Plate. All three (2 top left and right, and 1 bottom) must be adjusted.
1. Loosen the lock nuts enough & Turn the 2 top screws clockwise until they cannot be turned anymore. Leave the bottom screw alone for now. 2. Use a dab of white paint or paper whiteout to mark the positions of the Phillips screws. 3. Plug in your mixer and Set the speed selector to "Stir". 4. Turn each top screw One full turn couterclockwise (alternating between Left and Right) Keep making one full turn at the time (for both left and right) until the motor starts running. 5. Put your hand near the Agitator shaft and allow it to brush your finger slightly. Use your watch or clock and start counting the number of times the shaft touches your finger in 60 seconds. The correct count should be 60 RPM (Rounds Per Minute). If it is less or more than 60, give each screw 1/4 turn counterclockwise or clockwise and start counting again. Now tighten both lock nuts. 6. Set the speed selector to "6" and turn the bottom screw either clockwise or counterclockwise to achieve a speed of 180 RPM.
For your reference, the planetary RPM's for the 5-qt. tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer are as follows: Stir speed - 60 Speed 2 - 95 Speed 4 - 135 Speed 6 - 180 Speed 8 - 225 Speed 10 - 280
The K45SS has three components that regulate the speed: the Governor Assembly (35) a Control Plate Assembly (36) and a Phase Control Board (39/40 depending on the voltage of the machine). I attached a schematic of the machine to this post. You can find the parts on our website under K45SS if what you need is still available. If you don't see it contact us and we'll see if we can get them for you.
REDASPEN100.Sorry to hear about your mixer’s
leaking grease (oil) from your planetary/agitator shaft (‘metal finger’).It can be a distressing sight, but there’s no
need to panic.You say your mixer is
almost brand new.Is it still under
warranty (you’ve owned it less than one year)?If the answer is yes, then I’d let KA fix it
or replace your mixer on their dime.Contact them immediately
and tell them about your problem with the oil leak. The
KA website is at: http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/page/home. Click on Customer
Care>Contact Us> and the toll free phone number is listed to speak
with someone. You can also look under the Warranty & Service Plans to
see what KA will do for you. I've extracted parts of it here: Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty
We’re so confident the quality of our products meets the exacting standards of
KitchenAid that, if your mixer should fail within the first year of ownership,
KitchenAid will arrange to deliver an identical or comparable replacement to
your door free of charge and arrange to have your “failed” mixer returned to
Your replacement unit will also be covered by our one year full warranty.
Please follow these instructions to receive this quality service. If you reside in the United States and your KitchenAid® mixer should
fail within the first year of ownership, simply call our toll-free Customer Satisfaction Center
at 1-800-541-6390, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Eastern Time. Give the
consultant your complete shipping address. (No P.O. Box Numbers, please.) When
you receive your replacement mixer, use the carton and packing materials to
pack-up your “failed” mixer. In the carton, include your name and address on a
sheet of paper along with a copy of the proof of purchase (register receipt, credit
card charge slip, etc.).
See Part 2 I hope this helps. - Howard, Burke, VA
It sounds like you may have an issue with either the governor assembly and or the main control. If the speed you are getting is constantly going up an down in RPM then this could indicate that the governor has simply become worn and its resistance is gone. If however you get no speed at all and then all of a sudden you get a high speed then it will most likely be the main control. Part number for the governor assembly is 17830. Part number for the main control is 240904−2. Both are relatively simple and cheap to replace. Hope this helps
Yes it sounds like it should be easy to fix. You will need to establish what is preventing the speed control mechanism from moving as it should. It sounds mechanical. Try removing the back cover and checking what moves (or doesn't) when the speed lever is moved.