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Isn’t it wonderful when an appliance prepares your food with less oil?
An air fryer cooks your food quickly without using much oil.
How healthier is that?
It is really helpful.
An air fryer is used in the kitchens at both homes and restaurants to prepare food by circulating hot air. An air fryer has a cooking chamber that consists of a heating element that radiates the heat needed for cooking the food and a fan that circulates the hot air.
The circulation of hot air inside the fryer happens based on the convection mechanism. It is basically a transfer of heat from one place to another via movement of bulk molecules, which is air in the case of an air fryer.
In case the fan is not working, the circulation of air doesn’t happen properly thereby mitigating the cooking of the food.
Hence, the proper functioning of the air fryer fan is highly necessary and critical to its operation. It is a very important suggestion that air fryer should not be used to cook food if the fan inside is not working.
Advantages and disadvantages of using an air fryer
Usage of an air fryer to cook food has its own pros and cons.
Yes, it is true that air frying food can result in a very less intake of oil which will result in a lesser risk of having diseases that are predominantly caused due to higher oil intake. An air fryer avoids all those extra calories which are consumed in the form of absorbed oil and produce healthier food keeping the taste of the food complete.
An air fryer is also very easy and simple to use, it doesn’t create any mess and it is easy to clean.
But there are many disadvantages when you use air fryer. The basket capacity is very limited and so cooking for a big group is a problematic task. The time taken for cooking the same quantity in an air fryer is also higher than the time taken during the traditional cooking process. Air fryers are also very expensive and bulky. They consume too much counter space creating issues in small kitchens.
Also, due to the high cooking temperatures in the air fryer, losing focus on cooking for even a few minutes can result in burnt food which might not be suitable to eat.
Various safety precautions are inbuilt into the fryer to prevent any undesired hazard. To ensure fresh air, an opening is provided on the top.
There is an exhaust at the back to release any excess hot air and to counter any increase in internal pressure due to higher temperatures. This exhaust also serves the purpose of controlling the temperature. The air fryer should not be operated when the drawer of the cooking chamber is open.
To provide this interlock, there is a switch on the base on which drawer slides. This switch is triggered to indicate whenever the drawer is in position.
As soon as the power to the air fryer is switched on, the LED display panel will be lit with indications about the temperature setting and timer setting.
Then the food which is supposed to be cooked is placed in the provided drawer which slides into the cooking chamber.
Once the drawer slides in, the cooking functions, which are the temperature setting and the timer setting, will get accessible. These settings must be done based on the food which is being prepared.
The temperature and the timer settings can be adjusted using the knobs or the keypads, whichever is provided.
The provided adjustment options vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Once the setting is done, the cooking cycle will get started.
At this stage, the heater element in the cooking chamber will begin getting heated up and will, in turn, heat up the air.
The fan will begin circulating the hot air inside the fryer, thereby heating up the food.
As discussed in the above paragraphs, both the heating element and fan inside the cooking chamber need to work properly for proper cooking of the food. But an air fryer is prone to malfunction of the heating element or the fan.
Common problems with an air fryer:
Before buying an air fryer you must know a few problems which will come in your way while using it. The following are some problems you might encounter with an air fryer.
White smoke coming from the air fryer:
You can feel white smoke coming out of the air fryer while using it.
Well! This is not that big a deal, you can fix it at home with ease.
The reason for this white smoke is due to the presence of oil and fat in the food items.
Due to this oil at the bottom of the air fryer and the fatty foods this white smoke arises.
To avoid this try putting something in the compartment which absorbs the oil coming from the food.
A better choice would be bread. So, white smoke is fine, do not worry.
Cooking is not even:
This is also a major issue heard everywhere. The food you wanted to cook might have some parts uncooked. That is definitely not what we desire.
But a new oven style air fryer doesn’t trouble you with this, because it has food placed in multiple racks. Uneven cooking is due to the lack of air in the air fryer, as air fryer works mainly with air.
It is the principal element so make sure you do not block any.
Food is dry:
People are happy that the air fryer does not use more oil.
Noting this point down, some people assume that it does not need oil for cooking. This is surely the only reason for your dry food.
Do not cook your food without any oil inside, a single coat of oil would work.
Most of them might have gone through this.
The basket inside the air fryer can have its non-stick coating fading off. To avoid this issue, check the product thoroughly before buying it.
Go through all the reviews, negative ones as well. you have to be careful while cleaning as well, vigorous scrub might wear off the non-stick coating.
No electricity passing through:
First of all, make sure whether you have everything switched on and all the fuses are running.
Second of all, look into the timer. Sometimes this might be the cause for the air fryer’s breakdown. If your timer is still running, clear it. If two of these won’t work, you need to replace this.
These are five common problems you face with an air fryer and be brought into normal shape at home with scrutiny. Besides this, a problem should be analyzed with even more concentration.
That is the downfall of the air fryer fan.
What do you do when the power air fryer fan is not working?
This article is basically going to describe what needs to be done when the fan inside the cooking chamber is not working. There could be many reasons for the fan to be not working.
As discussed in the previous paragraph, if the safety switch on the base of the drawer is not triggered, the fan will not turn on due to the safety interlock. It is also possible that the electrical connection to the fan got loose and hence it is not getting the power it needs.
Or it is possible that the components responsible for running the fan have malfunctioned.
If the fan is not working due to the first reason, then this article will help in quickly resolving this issue.
But if the fan is not working due to any of the other two reasons given above, it will need some technical skills to be resolved.
In such a case, it is strongly suggested to contact the manufacturer for technical support or any other trained technician around.
The problem of the fan not working occurs sometimes within days or more probably within weeks or months of the purchase. It is a very common problem in power air fryers.
In case the warranty of the product hasn’t expired, the manufacturer will provide you the free technical support to resolve the issue completely.
Irrespective of the reason for the fan not working, the technician will provide the support needed and replace any part of tightening the connection to ensure that the fan works normally again.
Though the warranty offered by the manufacturer is not very inspiring, it surely helps as long as it is in the warranty period.
Once the repair is complete, the fryer can be again used to cook food and must be handled with care to avoid any loose connection again.
Many a time, it so happens that even after the drawer is slid into the cooking the position, the safety switch provided on the base of the fryer doesn’t get activated. It might to due to loss of contact between the drawer and the switch or the position of the switch got disturbed.
When observed closely, the safety switch on the base is clearly visible.
One easy way to understand if it is not getting triggered is to observe it while sliding the drawer into position. If it is not getting triggered, the reason for the fan not working is known.
Once this reason is confirmed, there is a very quick fix to this problem.
All one needs is a butter knife or an old debit or credit card or anything stiff and thin that can slide into the gap between drawer and its base.
After the drawer is in position, any of these can be slid into the gap to slightly prop the switch into the activated position.
Once this is done, the safety interlock is bypassed and the air fryer can be used normally to cook food. This is a very simple trick to resolve this kind of issue.
If this doesn’t work, then it is high time to call the manufacturer for technical support or a trained technician to repair the appliance.
Any of the issues such as the safety switch malfunction or loose electrical connection to the fan or failure of any components inside the air fryer must be definitely referred to the trained personnel and should not be attended to without proper training or without supervision.
The manufacturer or the technician will attend to the issue, troubleshoot the problem, and resolve the issue completely. This method is an issue other than the one in the previous paragraph.
It is hoped that this article will be a go-to reference that can help in resolving any problem related to power air fryers and the quick fix provided will eliminate the most common cause of the air fryer fan not working.