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Why does the mixer head feel warm?

If your mixer head feels warm, it's perfectly normal. Here are some of the reasons why it may have heated up...

Occasionally, the mixer head may feel warm, and you may not be able to touch it comfortably. It's nothing to worry about. This is normal.

Here are the reasons why your mixer head may feel warm

Was the mixer used for a long time?

Mixing for extended periods (back-to-back batches of pasta, bread dough, etc.) can cause the mixer head to feel warm.

Was the mixer overloaded?

Exceeding the maximum ingredient capacity of the mixer can cause the mixer head to feel warm.

Did you use the recommended speeds?

Not using the times and speeds recommended in your owner's manual for mixer attachments – which ensure optimal mixer performance – can also cause your mixer to feel warm. Due to the KitchenAid mixer's unique planetary action, thorough mixing takes approximately half the time stated in a recipe.

Please also note:

  • Kneading 2 minutes in a KitchenAid mixer is equivalent to kneading by hand 10-12 minutes, so remember to adjust the kneading time in your favourite recipes.
  • Speed 2 is the only speed that should be used for yeast doughs.
  • Frequently using either a higher or lower speed can be hard on your mixer motor.

How long will the mixer head take to cool down?

If your mixer feels warm and you are not able to comfortably touch it, let it rest and cool entirely, both internally and externally, before resuming mixing. This may take 30-45 minutes for the exterior and the motor to cool completely. Continuing to use the mixer and/or attachments while it is too warm to touch may cause damage to your mixer. When completely cooled, you can safely use your mixer again.

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