This write up was produced (and will be kept updated) with ways to troubleshoot air fryer problems.
You spend good money on your air fryer, and you give it a nice spot in your kitchen.
You tell your friends and family that you have an air fryer and are eating healthier.
You are feeling good and happy… things couldn’t be any better.
Then.. after a while you may hit an issue.
Something has gone wrong with the air fryer.
Something isn’t quite right
How do you deal with it?
How do you get your “lovely Air Fryer” back again?
Well we have tried to collect as many problems as we can and produce solutions to them.
It’s never going to be a “perfect fit” for everyone but if it helps just a few, we’ve done a good job 😉
See if your problem is below (and hopefully a solution). If not please post your problem in the comments and hopefully a solution can be found.
Air Fryer Won’t Switch on or Switches Off
Problem: The Air Fryer won’t even switch on at the wall
Problem: The Air Fryer sometimes switches off halfway through cooking
Many electrical issues would be covered by a manufacturers warranty however there are some home based things you can try first.
Check to make sure that the most obvious things have been checked off. Is the plug loose in the wall socket? (push it back in if so). Is there a bad connection near the plug? This can sometimes happen when the wires are moved day after day. Unplug the plug and check for any loose wires. If you are not sure then ask an electrician to take a look. Finally try another device in the same socket to rule out there being a socket issue.
If you don’t get any luck then see if it can be repaired under warranty. Other than that you might want to look for a new air fryer.
The Air Fryer Has A Smell Of Old Food
Problem: The air fryer has a lingering smell of older food that was cooked before.
Problem: The food I cook smells like other food previously cooked.
A more thorough cleaning regime must be used to remove any lingering smells. Make sure to follow the instructions that came with your air fryer. Many parts can be popped in the dishwasher. Some can’t, so these will need a good hot clean in some hot soapy water.
Repeated thorough cleaning will ensure that the air fryer soon returns to a nice fresh clean odour-free machine.
The Air Fryer Has White smoke coming out of it
Problem: White smoke seems to be coming out of the air fryer
in almost all cases White smoke is not in fact smoke but steam. This naturally occurs when cooking foods that have a percentage of water inside them and is completely harmless. If the “steam” has a smell of smoke about it then of course unplug the fryer right away and get it looked at by an expert or hopefully the manufacturer. If the smell is simply of food then all is fine.
The Air Fryer has Blue smoke coming out of it
Problem: Blue smoke is coming out of the air fryer
Unplug the fryer straight away for your own safety. This is almost always a sign of a serious electrical fault. Contact the manufacturer to arrange inspection. If you are out of warranty period though you might want to opt for a brand new air fryer instead.
The Air Fryer has Black smoke coming out of it
Problem: Black smoke is coming out of the air fryer
Usually this happens when you are cooking highly fatty foods. The oil within the fat is starting to burn. You can pop in some water to the bottom of the tray and this helps to cool things down.
The food is coming out soft and not crispy
Problem: Food is not coming out of the air fryer crispy and tasty.
This is because it’s cooking with air and not oil. If you cannot get the desired texture on the outside try spraying with a little fry light spray oil or a thin layer of oil being brushed on.
I can not open or close the pull out tray
Problem: The tray can not be pulled out fully.
Problem: Can not put the tray back in properly.
There may be a couple of things here, firstly, if the unit was a cheaper model, or a not so well known brand, there “may” (or may not) be a design issue where parts of the unit expand with the heat causing this issue. However with many laws designed to protect consumers this is fairly unlikely.
The second thing that might be of use here is that some air fryers require you to slightly lift the tray when pulling out or pushing back in, before completing the sliding movement in or out. However please do refer to the manufacturers instructions.
The third thing to check is to see if there may be some food or grease that has gotten pushed into the opening were the tray physically meets the air fryer, and is causing an obstruction.
The air fryer is not blowing hot air
Problem: After just a few uses, the air fryer now only blows cold air
This is a problem that needs to be addressed by the manufacturer. Contact whoever you bought the air fryer from in the first instance, or the manufacturer. If you have a warranty then be sure to use this service to get a repair.
Having trouble with the air fryer drawer not going in quite right?
Air fryers sometimes have flimsy designs. The back of the drawer can bend a bit after being repeatedly used in and out, catching on internal lips within the tray compartment.
Try instead to LIFT the back / handle end of the drawer as you slide the drawer in. So in essence it’s “nose down, tail up” as you go in. This dos seem to work surprisingly well for many people who have had this problem from my research!
The air fryer won’t switch off!
There is a switch located within the compartment. For example on a Power XL air fryer the switch is underneath the tray area and presses down when you put the tray in. Try to give it a good thorough clean and then try again.
Are you technically minded?
The video below will lead you down many rabbit holes of video after video if you start clicking through to other videos, BUT if you don’t mind getting your voltage meter out and testing things this will certainly help.
Personally I’d rather not mess with anything electrical myself and would rather use the services of a qualified electrician, however if you do read on down the comments for that video you will read how it has helped a few people figure out how to change thermal fuses for less than £10.
Please note: I am not recommending you do this yourself unless qualified.