Breadmaker no longer kneads – what is the reason?

If the bread maker no longer kneads properly, different causes can be responsible. What you can first check and repair yourself, and how best to proceed, you can read in this article.

Drive of the dough hook

Usually, the drive of the dough hooks in the breadmaker is quite simple in design. It is understandably subject to natural wear. Kneading heavy bread doughs requires quite a bit of effort on the drive.

In most cases, however, drives are sturdily built, and before suspecting damage to the drive, you should first take a closer look at the device.

Possible causes can also be

  • Bread crumbs in the plug connection of the dough hooks
  • Bread crumbs in the drive
  • Drive is too stiff

Simply remove the dough hooks from the holder and wipe them thoroughly. Also clean the holder very thoroughly. Even the finest crumbs in the connection may cause the dough hook to no longer work properly.

The drive may also be soiled by crumbs under certain circumstances. This usually requires a little more effort and disassembly work, but with many devices you can easily expose the drive of the dough hook.

Again, clean very thoroughly, preferably using a brush. Turn the drive and check whether it is sufficiently smooth-running. If not, lubricate a little with a suitable oil until everything can be turned again with little effort.

Drive is too sluggish

All components of the drive must run smoothly. If you notice sluggishness at any point, you should re-oil a little. Always use a suitable oil for this purpose.

Check whether there is damage to the drive

If you’re not sure if the drive itself is damaged, it’s easy to check. Simply remove the dough hooks and run the program without the dough hooks for a test.

The two metal pins of the drive that are now visible must rotate evenly. If they do not, or if they do not move at all, the drive is most likely defective. In this case, only a professional repair or a new purchase will help.

Tips & Tricks

Always follow the given recipes exactly and make sure that you only use doughs for which the breadmaker has enough power. Rye doughs in particular are very demanding and difficult for the breadmaker to knead. In the long run, this can affect devices with very low power.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

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