Blender Lid Stuck

Blender Lid Stuck

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Is your Nutribullet or Ninja blender lid stuck? Call your grandparents, ask around — everyone's got their own wisdom for opening tight lids. Blenders can be tricky since the contents are typically hot or frozen and create pressure differences that make the container frustratingly sealed. Follow these generic and specific lid opening tips and get to the smoothie inside.

The word "cup" is used below in place of pitcher, jar, bowl, and jug to describe where the contents are blended.

Causes

1

Lid Stuck to Cup — Stored with Warm Water

If the blender was washed in the dishwasher and stored without fully drying, water may have gotten between the seal and the lid. Let the components dry completely before storing, and do not store the lid completely attached. This may also indicate a failing seal. Verify that the seal isn't cracked or torn.

If you are able to add hot water to the inside of the cup do so. If not, try warming the lid in a hot water bath and waiting a minute before attempting to pry or twist off the lid again.

Lid Stuck to Cup — Lid or Seal is Clogged

Food particles, especially sticky ingredients like flax seed, nut and peanut butters, and bananas, can attach to the seal. Thoroughly clean your blender between use.

Lid Stuck to Cup — Overfilling the Cup

When blending thicker ingredients like frozen fruit and ice, blending may create suction inside the contain that makes removal difficult. Add less cold, hard ingredients and more liquids.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Twisted Incorrectly or Tightly

Verify the direction of rotation to remove the cup, which is likely anti-clockwise.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Safety Switches are Stuck

Liquids find their way onto and into the motor base. The interface between the cup and the motor base is prone for fluid and grime accumulation. The activators are the three white switches that initiate the blending to begin by locking in the cup and should move up and down with a spring action.. You can test the activators by pushing the three switches down with a flathead screwdriver. If the switches will not move, add a few drops of warm water or vinegar into the activator slots and wait a few minutes before trying again.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Transmission Failure

The gears that drive the blade assembly are often made of plastic. In the event of too much friction, the plastic may break or jam and make the cup difficult or impossible to remove. Grab both the cup and base and twist to remove.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Blade Assembly is Worn

The bearing inside the assembly may also fail from overuse and misuse. Some blenders, like the Vitamix, are intended for running at their max speed in order for the cooling fans to properly work. In some cases, the bearing seal may melt or otherwise disintegrate. Water will then infiltrate the bearings during cleaning and wash away grease and cause rust to form, and cause the cup to stick to the motor base. Replace the bearings or entire blade assembly if the blade won't spin.

Base Stuck to Counter — Strong Suction

Many blenders have a suction base that holds the machine to the counter. By inserting a knife or other flat object between the motor base and the counter, the base can be pried from the counter. Do not rock the blender in attempts to release the suction, as this can separate the base from itself.

2

Lid Stuck to Cup — Overtightened Lid

As the gaskets wear, it becomes easier to over-tighten the lid. Replace the gaskets, and tighten enough so that fluids do not leak.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Failing Activators

Liquids find their way onto and into the motor base. The interface between the cup and the motor base is prone for fluid and grime accumulation. The activators are the three white switches that initiate the blending to begin by locking in the cup and should move up and down with a spring action.. You can test the activators by pushing the three switches down with a flathead screwdriver. If the switches will not move, add a few drops of warm water or vinegar into the activator slots and wait a few minutes before trying again.

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Lid Extensions Broken

If the lid has seen damage, fallen on the ground, or had the old plastic crack, the lid may be broken and need replacing. Check your lid extrusions that fit into the activator slots.

3

Cup Stuck to Motor Base — Clogged and Broken Tabs

As your smoothie spills over time, buildup can form under the tabs on the base and on the cup lid. These tabs may eventually become deformed from improper insertion and locking.

  • If you're already stuck, locate the tiny release button near the top of the base unit. Insert a butter knife to slide the button DOWN towards your counter

In the future you want to modify your single serving cups and prevent the recurring issue.

  • The locking tabs are beveled on one side. Introduce a slight bevel to the other side with a knife.
  • File any imperfections down. Proceed with all four tabs.
  • Clean the blender base and lubricate the tabs with vegetable oil.

Lid Stuck to Cup — Lid Misalignment

Your blender's lid has a specific orientation for assembly. There is a small pin that locks the lid tight when properly aligned. Line up the small white arrows on the outside of the lid. Additionally, do leave the lid loose when stored.

Lid Stuck to Cup — Release Button Jammed

When the release button isn't popping your lid open, try pushing down on the lever while depressing the button. This relieves strain on the latch, and will open the blender. Some fixers will try prying the lid with a flathead, though this can easily crack the plastic.

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