The KitchenAid stand mixer is usually the pride and joy of any home cook's kitchen, as they are not only practically essential for amateur bakers and chefs, but also highly expensive. It is human nature to take care of the things we covet, stand mixer included. However, besides routine cleaning, you yourself should not attempt to perform maintenance on a KitchenAid mixer.
Professional Shop Maintenance
A Kitchen Aid Mixer should not be maintained and/or fixed in your home, as it contains a complicated motor that must be handled by professionals. The motor is similar to that of a car: to work properly, its internal brushes must stay lubricated, and as a self-lubricating machine, it should work properly without any regular maintenance.
If your mixer is malfunctioning, do not take it back the the dealer you bought it from. Instead, take it to a certified repair dealer. To locate one, either contact the KitchenAid dealer you purchased the mixer from, or call the KitchenAid Customer Satisfaction Center at 1-800-541-6390.
Keep it Clean
The only maintenance you need to do personally on a KitchenAid mixer is keep it clean. Though cleanliness does not affect the overall mechanical function of the mixer, it is wise to keep it and its attachments clean for both sanitary and culinary purposes.
Before cleaning, remember to unplug the machine. Never submerge in water; use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the machine. The attachments and bowls may be cleaned in the sink or in a dishwasher. Remember to clean the attachment shaft of the beaters, as residue tends to build in this location.
Do Not Deconstruct
Whatever the malfunction of your mixer, do not open it up. Doing so could damage it further. Only a professional at an authorized service center should open it. Unless malfunctioning, the mixer does not need regular maintenance, though eventually all mixers (depending on use) will eventually need to have the inner brushes replaced. Again, this work should be done by an authorized maintenance professional.
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