Ninja Blender Not Working: Troubleshooting Problems & Fixes

ninja blender not working troubleshootingNinja blenders are some of the most effective blending devices in the world. However, sometimes malfunctions do happen. Whether because of an internal problem, a mistake on your part, or something altogether different, your device might not be turning on.

But if your Ninja blender won’t turn on, I have the answers for you. Today we are going to look at how to fix a Ninja blender when it won’t turn on, discussing the different issues with starting your blender.

Yes, Ninja blenders are some of the most efficient and effective devices on the market for blending, but they still can have problems. That doesn’t mean a Ninja blender isn’t great. It also doesn’t mean it’s the blenders’ fault in the first place. Sometimes it’s something you did that caused the blender to malfunction.

Ninja blender not working? Let’s go through the common causes of why a Ninja blender won’t turn on and what you can do to fix it.

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Ninja Blender Won’t Turn On: Troubleshooting

Are you having issues with your Ninja blender? Is your Ninja blender not turning on? While this is by no means a good thing, it definitely isn’t the end of the world. Blenders are machines and they will encounter problems. This is inevitable.

If your Ninja blender won’t start, you are going to have to do some troubleshooting. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to make a smoothie in the morning and your blender just won’t work. You lose time, you lose patience, and you can’t make your breakfast drink. This must be fixed!

Why Is My Ninja Blender Not Working?

So, what can you do about it? Well, it could be an extremely complicated matter, or it could be something simple. Today we will talk about a few key reasons why your Ninja blender might not start.

It is important to note that before you do any troubleshooting, you should always unplug the blender so it can’t start accidentally.

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Ninja Blender Overheating Problems

why wont my ninja blender workOne of the biggest issues is overheating. This is just like when your phone overheats, when your computer overheats, or when your car overheats. If any motor or engine gets too hot, it tends to shut down and break. Every machine overheats. It just happens. If you were blending something too hard, the blender was on for too long, or something strained the motor, it could be that your motor overheated.

If you are wondering why your Ninja blender motor stopped working, this is a fairly common situation. What happens is when your unit overheats, the thermal switch is flipped. Think of it as a power surge when one of the switches on your circuit breaker gets switched off. This will cause the blender to stop working.

Internal Thermal Switch Inside Your Ninja Blender

If you have been blending a lot with your blender, the motor has been getting hot. You might not have noticed it, but I guarantee you inside the motor base is a lot of heat. And because of all that heat, the thermal switch inside your machine may have switched off. Think of it like your circuit breaker tripping in your house due to an electrical surge.

You can generally tell if it’s a heat issue because you’ll either smell an electric burning or the scent of hot rubber. You can also feel the body of the machine where the motor is and it will be hot to the touch.

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If this happens, you simply need to unplug the blender and wait 15 or 25 minutes for it to cool down and regain its composure. Wait a little while and try it again. If it was a heating issue that caused the malfunction, now your blender should work. To avoid overheating your blender in the future, be sure to blend in short bursts and not stress the motor.

You can tell it’s not a heat problem if you weren’t using the blender at all and it still won’t start. Overheating generally happens if you blend something, the blender gets hot, and then the blender doesn’t turn back on.

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Ninja Blender Won’t Turn On: Improper Assembly

ninja blender wont turn onThe second most common reason that a Ninja blender will turn off and not turn back on is that something is wrong with the general assembly. As silly as it may sound, sometimes you might have an improper assembly.

What I’m talking about is the components of your Ninja blender could be assembled improperly. It’s not your fault, as these machines can be fairly complicated. But if your machine is not assembled the right way, it probably won’t start. There are indeed instructions that come with each blender, indicating the proper order in which to assemble the components. But I understand it is easy to make mistakes.

Sometimes people don’t put everything in the proper order. This may seem totally ridiculous, but if the parts aren’t properly installed, the machine won’t work. You will need to troubleshoot to make sure all the components are exactly where they should be.

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Check The Pitcher, Blade, And Lid Are Correctly Assembled

Before doing any troubleshooting, take a look at your instruction manual and make sure all the assembled pieces are put together in the proper order. The blade assembly should be positioned properly through the gasket, the pitcher should be firmly in place, and the pitcher lid should have its locking handle matched with the arrow.

You want to make sure the pitcher is snugly fit in all its four positions. If the pitcher is too difficult to rotate, it is not properly locked and needs to be adjusted. Simply make sure the pitcher faces you directly with the handle on the right-hand side.

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The first step is to turn off the power. You never want to be troubleshooting anything with the power still plugged into the wall. That’s a really good way to lose some fingers.

After you have unplugged the power cord, check all your pieces. The pitcher should be on top, the stacked blade assembly should be positioned properly through the lower gasket, and the pitcher lid should be locked firmly with the white arrows properly aligned.

Take care when messing with the blade assembly, as the blades are often sharp. You also need to keep in mind that all Ninja blenders are different, and the proper assembly will vary between them. Read your instruction manual and make sure everything is fitted properly.

Ninja Blender Won’t Turn On: Components Not Secure

Everything also needs to be tight and ready for blending in order for the unit to activate. This means the pitcher must be fitted tightly to the blender’s base. It should be snugly fit in all four positions. If the pitcher feels a little too difficult to rotate, chances are it is not properly locked.

To correct the issue, simply make sure the front of the pitcher is facing you directly. You should have the handle on the front, facing the right-hand side when looking directly at the blender.

You also need to lock the lid. The lid should be locked tightly or the Ninja blender will not turn on. This is designed so that you don’t spill anything in the middle of blending. It’s like the safety catch on your washing machine. If your lid is not closed properly, you will notice the power button flashing or blinking rather than being solid.

Check Your Ninja Blender Components Are Secure

To make sure your lid is locked into the correct position, simply rotate the handle when pressing the lid downwards. If the lid is closed properly, then maybe the white arrows are not aligned. Make sure the lid is firm and the white arrows are pointing at each other. If this is all in order but the blender still won’t start, you have another problem.

Sometimes the problem is something so simple you didn’t even think about it. If the lid of your blender is not properly locked, the machine won’t start. This is a smart feature designed to avoid nasty spills and other types of accidents. So, if your lid isn’t on properly, the blender blades are not going to start turning.

This should be pretty simple to spot because the power button will be flashing if the lid is not closed right. For you to solve this issue, simply lock the lid into its position. You should always rotate the handle while pressing the lid downwards. And even if you get the lid closed properly but the LED light is still flashing, you need to make sure the white arrows are lined perfectly from the edge of the lid to the handle.

Ninja Blender Lid Won’t Close

If you are having Ninja blender lid problems such as it won’t lock or close, the above tips should help you. The main thing to check is that the arrows are aligned on the lid and container, and you are rotating the lid the correct way.

If you rotate the lid so that the arrows are aligned and you don’t hear a click, this could indicate a fault with the lid. There is a plastic mechanism that snaps the lid into place and if this is broken, then the lid will not stay in place and the blender will not start.

If you can’t get the lid to lock, here is a little trick you can try. If the lid locks when the container is not locked to the base, then the locking mechanism is fine. There may be a problem with the locking mechanism for the base which prevents the lid and base locking at the same time. If this seems to be the case, try manually moving and wiggling all of the tabs on the locking mechanisms. This may loosen things up and allow the lid to close.

Ninja Blender Handle Won’t Go Down

If the Ninja blender handle won’t go down and won’t lock, then you need to check that that it is correctly aligned with the pitcher. There are small arrows that help you to align them correctly, and these need to be aligned for the locking mechanism to work.

You also need to ensure that you are rotating the container the correct way, or the locking pins will not fit into the holes. This will result in the handle of the container not going down, and the pitcher not locking to the base.

Ninja Blender Won’t Lock On Base

This is a similar situation to the above point. If the Ninja blender container won’t lock onto the base, this usually indicates a problem with alignment. Check that the arrows are aligned correctly and that you are rotating the pitcher in the right direction.

The blender container will fit on the base in any direction, but if it is very hard to fit into the locking position this means it is not in the correct position. Lift the container off the base and try again.

Ninja Blender Turns On But Won’t Blend

This is a common problem and one that is easily fixed. If your Ninja blender turns on but the blades won’t move, this is usually an indication that the blender is too full. Ninja blenders are powerful, but they cannot work if they are overloaded.

Take some food out of the blender so it is not full and then try again. If the problem persists, try adding a little liquid to the blender container. If the mixture is too thick then the blades will struggle to move.

If the above tips don’t help and your Ninja blender is still not blending despite being turned on, then you may need to check underneath the blades. Sometimes bits of food and other gunk get trapped underneath, preventing the blades from spinning.

Always make sure the blender is unplugged from the socket and wear gloves, and then clean underneath the blades.

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Ninja Blender Won’t Turn On: Power Light Troubleshooting

ninja blender turns on but won't blendAnother common issue with a Ninja blender not starting is that you have a power issue. Even if the power light is on, there could be an electrical problem somewhere inside the machine stopping the motor from starting.

If your blender is plugged into the wall but there is no power light, you have an electrical problem. It is either your outlet, your electrical cord, or something inside your blender. If your model is brand new, the issue is probably your power source.

You might want to try plugging it into a different outlet and seeing if that works or plugging a different appliance into the same outlet and seeing if that one works. You could also try resetting your circuit breaker.

Try plugging in a different appliance and seeing if that one works. If it does, then maybe there is something faulty inside your blender. If the second appliance also doesn’t work, you can rest assured knowing your blender is fine and that you have a problem with your own electricity.

Internal Power Issue In Your Ninja Blender

However, if the power light still refuses to come on and you know for sure there is power coming out of your wall socket, things are looking pretty grim. There are countless reasons why this could be happening. Basically, something small on the interior of your blender is fried or non-functional.

If everything points to an electrical problem inside of the blender itself and not the power source, you may have a busted power cord or some kind of internal issue with the electric components. This may not be something you can fix on your own, and you may need to send it in for repairs.

One way to fix this is by taking your Ninja blender to a repair service to get it fixed. It doesn’t need to be a special Ninja blender repair service, it can be any kind of handyman service. An electrician friend could even help to repair your busted Ninja blender.

It’s important to note that this is not a common problem. If the power light on your blender will not turn on, or if it turns on but nothing happens, something is seriously wrong on the inside of your machine. Because this is such a rare issue, I would recommend contacting your Ninja supplier, as they will likely deal with the issue for you – especially if it’s a new unit.

How To Turn On Ninja A Blender

If you have just bought your Ninja blender and you don’t actually have a problem with its operation, you may be wondering how to start a Ninja blender. The truth is, it’s very simple to turn on a Ninja blender.

The main thing is to follow the above guidance and make sure that all the components of your Ninja blender are assembled correctly. Check each piece and ensure it is fitted the way it should be.

Then you simply push the button to start the blender. Depending on the specific model of Ninja blender, this could be an on/off button or a button that stats one of the pre-programmed settings.

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My Ninja Blender Stopped Working: Final Thoughts

Having a busted piece of equipment sucks. Whether your motor burned out, an electrical problem is preventing the motor from starting at all, or it is a total mystery, it will definitely sour your experience using Ninja blenders.

But this is a very rare thing to happen. Whether you have a Ninja single-serve blender, a full-sized blender, or a Ninja Kitchen System, they are all typically very well-designed and excellently constructed. They make delicious smoothies, they can blend almost anything, and they are almost always reliable. If you ended up getting a faulty Ninja blender, chances are it happened somewhere on the assembly line or between the factory and your kitchen.

If your Ninja blender won’t turn on, the good news is that if you contact your supplier, chances are they will fix it for you. Usually, by replacing the defective component, your blender will be as good as new. But before going through all the trouble, try the troubleshooting methods we talked about today.

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Jessica Mason

Jessica is a smoothie enthusiast who believes the best way to start the day is with a delicious smoothie. When she is not drinking a smoothie, you’ll find her coming up with new recipes and trying out the latest blenders. Jessica likes the outdoors and socializing with friends.