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When i go to increase power it usually doesnt work until you get to highest setting at which point in time flour poofs all over the place. I have owned for several years yet havent used more than 2 dozen times which really infuriates me for the money i paid. if you keep shuffling the speed knob it usually doesnt help... any ideas?

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Re: kitchen aide stand mixer

Find a lical small appliance parts dealer and get the switch in question. Pick up a repair manual while you are at it. When you take any appliance apart always make sure it is unplugged. If under warranty contact the manufacturer and have it repaired.

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