Air Fryer Troubleshooting – Problems Sorted – 2019 Update

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

Not good.

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Perfect in any kitchen

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 ūüėČ

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.

Please comment below with any of your own issues or remedies.  While I am not a qualified expert, I will do my best to help find you a solution.


Energy Efficiency Of Air Fryers For 2019

Want to know how energy efficient your Air Fryer is when compared to, say a conventional oven?

question ponderingIs it cheaper to run or more expensive?

Well I want to give you a few home tested pointers and then follow up with some facts.

Air Fryers (and ovens) tend to heat up to the desired temperature and then cycle their electric use to try to maintain a set temperature.

(It is the same for a lot of household appliances.¬† Fridge freezers do this too.¬† A fridge freezer can actually only be “on” for as little as a third of the time, only coming on to reach the required temperature).

So the wattage used cycles up and down once operating temperature has been achieved.

So what does all this techno mumbo jumbo stuff mean?

Well it’s just the way that machines work in order to achieve the right cooking temperature for example 180 degrees.

The internal dimensions of an Air Fryer are going to be much smaller compared to an oven (so the chances of cooking a Christmas turkey in one is, well, out of the window!)

Therefore it doesn’t take as long to heat up to the right temperature (in fact it’s almost instant, 1 to 2 minutes at most) meaning cooking time is reduced.

Even a convection oven cannot beat an Air Fryer for pre-heat times.  A convection oven takes anywhere up to 10 or more minutes.

The special way that air flows all around food inside an air fryer also helps speed up the cooking time.

A conventional oven simply gets hot.  A fan assisted oven being slightly more efficient blows hot air around the sides and top.

A convection oven circulates air around food like an Air Fryer but are generally larger in size and take up more counter top space.  They generally need a dedicated space whereas an air fryer is typically around 9 inches or so wide and can be moved around to suit.

The benefit of using an air fryer though is that an Air fryer has hot super heated circulating air fired all around the food in an extremely efficient manner.

This means it cooks food 25% quicker than convection ovens (and produces tastier food).

So, in a nutshell, you may think that an Air Fryer is a lot more energy-efficient to run than a conventional oven.

Well, yes, and no.

There is no doubting that an Air Fryer is FASTER and more efficient from a TIME point of view.

There is no doubting the fact that Air Frying is far healthier than dep fat frying of food.

There is no doubting that an Air Fryer can cook a wide range of foods (including desserts).

So it’s certainly more efficient in the use of time and how that fits in with many peoples’ busy lifestyles.

The downside is that the super heated air is on all the time while cooking (unlike a conventional oven)

Now for some technical facts to back this all up.

Assuming the cooking of


Based on cooking a standard portion of Chips

  • Using an air fryer (eg Actifry) for 17 minutes will use 0.31 kWh
  • Using a large regular oven for up to 1 hour will use 0.6 kWh
  • Using a large slow cooker on high for 4 hours: 1 kWh
  • Using a deep fat fryer for 14 minutes for two portions will use 0.41 KWh

So looking at the above it is clear to see that an Air Fryer outperforms a conventional oven by almost 50% in terms of efficiency.  It also cooks the same portion size of chips in almost half the time!


An Air Fryer makes sense.

Great for most portion sizes, but not great if you want to cook a full tray of cakes.¬† That’s where a traditional oven comes in.

Microwave ovens are certainly far quicker, but you have to note that your food has microwave rays going in them while cooking.

Convection ovens are faster more efficient ovens, but still take longer and use more energy.

So what now?

We have a few different air fryer related resources here at 10 Warriors.  Recipes, facts, fault finding and more.  Fancy making some air fried Oreos?  Check out our video and write up here.

Depending on what you are cooking you will have to decide on what device to use, however for most situations, the energy efficiency of Air Fryers is really good.  Our top 10 best air fryers reviewed can be found here.


Do Air Fryers Cause Cancer In 2019 ?


Everyone these days is becoming more and more concerned with the things we eat and what it might be doing to us.¬† With Cancer being one of the most feared words, it doesn’t hurt to try to figure out ways to make our life that little bit healthier and possibly live longer.

Why are people asking: do air fryers cause cancer?

Well, it’s a common matter of confusion.

You may refer to this article on the government website that explains more in detail about a chemical substance called Acrylamide.

Acrylamide is a “naturally occurring substance” formed when starchy vegetables are cooked at a high temperature for a longer period of time that needs to be.

This refers to potatoes, bread and root vegetables cooked at 120 C to 150 C.

This is fact.

It was discovered in a series of tests when Acrylamide was injected into laboratory rats, and caused cancerous growths.

So basically people started to believe that Bread and potatoes caused cancer.

So, when using a traditional “deep fat fryer”, and cooking at high temperatures you may well be causing additional amounts of Acrylamide to be formed and increasing the risk of Cancer.

With an air fryer you are cooking for less time at a lower temperature.

With an air fryer you can pre-set the cooking time so the food is not cooked for any longer than it needs to be.

Thus, cooking with an air fryer is substantially healthier than cooking by other methods.

  • You are using 80%+ less fat.
  • Food is cooked quicker and more evenly
  • You can ensure the food does not over-cook or burn

Click here to see our top 10 best Air Fryers currently available for the Uk market

How can you reduce the amount of Acrylamide you are exposed to?

Well Acrylamide is found in a wide range of food and drinks.

With your food, the main tip is to NOT over cook it.

In other words aim for “Golden Brown”, not dark Brown.

  • So no more burnt toast.
  • No more jacket potatoes that have been over cooked in the oven.
  • No more deep fried chips that are “well done“.
  • Do not store potatoes in the fridge as this increases sugars and can lead to higher cooking temperatures to cook it, leading to a larger production of Acrylamide.
  • Acrylamide is also found in Coffee, cereals, crisps, cakes and biscuits!
how acrylamide is formed
Source: website

So in summary, Air fryers are much healthier and help to reduce the amount of Acrylamide you are exposed to.

Naturally if you over cook your food longer than recommended, and you go on very hot settings every time above what is recommended then you are increasing the risks of exposure.

If you’re already convinced about the safety of air fryers, you might be interested to hear about our air fried Orange Oreo cookie recipe.


Summary and our thoughts about Cancer risks of using an Air Fryer:


Cooking your food at high temperatures for longer time periods (aiming for very well done or burnt) is not wise.

Stick to manufacturers recommended cooking times.

Aim for Golden brown or “lightly done” when cooking.

Enjoy a varied healthy diet and try to reduce consumption of Breads, potatoes, biscuits, baked goods, coffee and cereals.

Using an Air fryer is certainly far healthier than deep fryers.¬† With the ability to not “over cook” food if you forget about it, you can ensure that production of Acrylamide is kept to a minimum.

There is a small section on the NHS website about Acrylamide and how it links to Cancer, so cooking food right is important.

Any questions or comments?  Please let us know below.


Tefal Actifry Review 2019 – The Definitive Guide

Whether you are on a health kick, looking to replace an existing fryer or buying your first, the information I am going to provide you with today is comprehensive. As such, you can rest assured that this Tefal Actifry review will tick all your boxes and leave you armed and ready to buy.

If you’d like to see a thorough review of our 10 best air fryers then click here to read it (opens in a new window)

However, before we get started let’s have a look at the technology and work out what the difference is between a health fryer and a standard deep fat fryer.

One of our favourite Air Fryers:

With innovation going back to 1954 Tefal have created a solid brand.  When Marc Gregoire (with his wifes advice) coated her cookware with teflon that he normally put on his fishing gear, the results were astounding.  From there he developed a wide range of cooking concepts that bring Tefal to where they are now.

Actifry healthy or not?

The Health Fryer

Not sure what the difference is between your typical everyday deep fat fryer and something like the Tefal Actifry?

It’s oil, or more specifically the amount you need to use to produce crispy chips or a range of other food stuff. With a typical fryer, you place approximately¬†2-litres of vegetable or sunflower oil into its drum. After which you switch it on and wait for all that oil to reach cooking temperature.

Conversely, the Tefal and other low-fat fryer types use considerably less oil.

The model I am looking at today requires just 3% (or 1 spoonful) of that needed for a conventional cooker. Although chips still come out fluffy and crispy and not covered in what’s not good for you.

Now, one small downside of a low-fat fryer is the time it takes to cook. Due to having less oil and relying on a spinning drum to circulate hot air means it takes longer.

Where it takes on average 11-minutes to cook chips, potatoes, etc. in a deep fat fryer it can take between 20-35 minutes to get a perfect chip, however, the health benefits of cooking this way certainly outweigh the time savings.

Tefal Actifry – What to cook?

Don’t like chips? No problem, I can reveal in this fryer review that it’s about as versatile as they come. Meaning, it can handle a whole lot more than just frozen and fresh potato products.

With it, you can cook casseroles, curries, stews, stir-frys and much more. In fact, I’ve read a user review in which he/she used it as a slow-cooker; yes the timings had to be regularly adjusted, but, it worked.

So, along with the obvious benefits a health fryer offers, such as lower cholesterol and calorie intake, there’s versatility. All of which are provided and aided by a set of excellent features.

Tefal Actifry Features

Fantastic Features

As one of the best Actifry health cookers on the market, this mid-range model is one of the more popular. Why? Because of its fair price when coupled with a fantastic array of features, which are as follows.

Easy Clean System

With internal non-stick removable components that are both dish washer safe and hand-washable cleaning is made easy. Although, because the use of oil is at a minimum, you can opt to wipe with a cloth and thoroughly wash intermittently.

Cool Wall

Safety is paramount for all the family when high temperatures are used to cook food. As such the walls of the Tefal Actifry remain at a touchable temperature, which gives peace of mind especially for those with young children or elderly relatives.

Large Capacity with Rotation

With a 1.2kg load capacity, this low fat fryer can cater for between 4 – 5 hungry people. And unlike many deep fat fryers, there is no need to open up to shake periodically.

Why? Because combined within the device is a mixing paddle, which softly separates food stuff, not breaking it.

Constant Cooking Temperature

When in use the Actifry remains at approximately a temperature of 170 Celsius. This enables along with a pinch of oil and the circulating hot air, superior cooking results to be obtained.

Additionally, if you like to watch the cooking process, there is a viewing window which does not become clogged with steam.

Automatic Opening Lid

If at any point during the cooking process you wish to open the Tefal Actifry you simply need to make a simple motion. At the push of the lid’s button, cooking pauses and the device opens up; this allows you to add/remove ingredients safely, and continue when ready.

Simple eh?

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Audible Timer

No fryer would be great without a timing feature, as such in this low fat fryer review, I can tell you to relax, this model has one. Meaning, you can set its manual timer to a max of 99 minutes, or whatever is required and go sit down safe in the knowledge that once the timing cycle is complete, you will be alerted by a warning sound.

Plus, you can be sure that your food will not be ruined, although do refer to the cooking times for each food in the manual.

Actifry Spoon

Don’t leave the amount of oil you use to chance, make use of the special measuring spoon included with the fryer. In some cases, however, you may find that no oil is needed at all. Which is where using a health fryer like this has many benefits over the standard fryer.

Health Fryer with no oil smell

What About The Smell?

OK, so, we’ve come to the crunch point, that part when everything hinges on the answer to one question. And I can answer that with five words!

No, it does not smell’

When compared to those regular fryers that use lots of oil and give off a real pong there isn’t any.

In fact, there’s also no hot sticky steam rising from the device too. And that’s great if you have been turning on an extractor fan and leaving the room when cooking.

Thanks to this Actifry review, you now know that those sticky messy oil stains and smells are a thing of the past. Yes, there are many deep fat devices out there trying to make amends. But, with lots of oil in use, they just can’t compare.

Unique Patented Technology

Whatever your reason for reading this review, you can be sure that it’s no ordinary hot air/oil using cooking machine. No, thanks to years of work Tefal has managed to Patent its hot air, paddle combination to bring you hands-free cooking.

Additionally, there’s no need to wait for the fryer to get up to temperature, just load your recipe, chips, etc. set the timer and leave it to do its job. It’s perfect for the busy parent, home after work with hungry kids.

Use This Health Fryer with Actifry Healthy Recipes

Recipe Book Included

Now, no new food gadget would be complete without a range of ideas of what to cook in it. As such there is a selection of Actifry healthy recipes compiled into a neat booklet, this comes for free.  There are now countless more Actifry recipe books being made (see here)

If you thought the ideas you already had where expansive, some of those inside may blow you away! They include Mediterranean Style Calamari, Chicken Tika Masala, vegetable stir fry and more. In fact how about a twist on the humble chip?

Tip: Place the required amount of frozen or fresh chips into the Tefal Actifry. Followed by adding the oil, sea salt, and a touch or (depends on your preference) a small amount of garlic powder. The results, after approximately 35-minutes will astound you as you will have the tastiest chips ever!!

What is in The Box?

  • The all important (not, so it’s just for measuring oil) Actifry Spoon. However, Tefal within its documentation does advise to keep it safe or make a note of the amount of oil required.
  • An instruction booklet, providing you with operating instructions including what you should do before first use.
  • Finally, the before mentioned recipe booklet, keep it safe, it may be an inspiration.

Tefal Actifry 2 in 1 Price

Whether you’re looking to buy new or refurbished, this device is available at a good price. Brand new, you can get your hands on one for around ¬£145 with free UK delivery. As for refurbished, prices start from around ¬£80 and come in various conditions such as good to very good.

Check out this one for under £100 (good for a family of 4)

or this larger capacity model for under £140 that feeds a family of 6 (and cooks 30% quicker)

Final Thoughts

Is an Actifry worth the money?

So there you have it, one Tefal Actifry review, and if you really do want healthier meals you have to factor in the fact that no oil is needed at all for some foods.

Great brand name.  Superb reliability and plenty of recipe ideas make this a clear winner.

From what I’ve seen and read, people are preparing foods as varied as fish, meatballs, stew, and curry. My suggestion, should you buy one, is to experiment, and search for health fryer or Actifry healthy recipes online.

Click here to see the Actifry for yourself.

Philips HD9220 Air Fryer Review 2019 – And Price

Philips HD9220 Air Fryer Review – Black Or White

An Air Fryer is the next logical healthy step offering you the ability to cook using up to 80% less fat than a traditional deep fat fryer while still managing to deliver crisp tasty food that tastes absolutely delicious.  This Philips HD9220 Air Fryer review cuts the fat out of the buying process and delivers just the facts you need.

Air fryers also cook in far less time than a traditional oven.¬† You are in a “win win situation”.

Which is the best air fryer uk?

Before we get right into the meat and bones of this review about the Philips HD9220 air fryer, you might want to visit our top 10 best air fryers list.  This is updated each month with the most up to date information.

Phillips airfryer 9220:

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With clean modern styles, the Philips Viva collection airfryer hd9220 air fryer is calm and sophisticated in any kitchen

So why are we writing about this particular air fryer?

  • Well for a start it is made by the trusted brand Philips.¬† One of the most popular air fryer brands following closely brands such as Tefal (actifry), Breville and a few others.
  • It’s one of the most popular Air Fryers with several thousand verified real people who have taken the time to express their thoughts about it at various places online such as Amazon.

Whats with all the model numbers?

The two models of airfryers which Philips do for the “HD9220” are different colour variations of the same product.

Both can hold up to 0.8 kg of food, use our Rapid Air technology and are provided with analog time and temperature controls.

How many people can this air fryer feed in one go?

  • Around 3 to 4 portions of chips depending on portion size.
  • Or possibly 2 portions of chips and 2 pieces of chicken.
  • 3 Salmon fillets with ease
  • Half a dozen sausages

What can you cook in the HD9220?

air fryer recipes bookThe array of meals you can cook is huge.

Ranging from chips and chicken through to fish, desserts, cakes and so much more.

There are lot’s of readily available air fryer recipes now available.¬† You will also find plenty of free air fryer recipes springing up all over the internet.

We even made our very own air fryer oreo cookies with an Orange infusion, and made a video.  Check it out here.

Fry, bake, grill or roast – the options are almost unlimited!



Is an Air Fryer really healthier?

  • Yes absolutely!¬† 23% (verified) fewer calories than using a traditional deep fat fryer.
  • Think about it.¬† You don’t have to use any oil if you don’t want to as it still cooks delicious food.¬† If you are cooking without oil or even a small amount of oil then the food doesn’t soak up any of the oil making it healthier.
  • There is also a drip tray that catches any oils or fats that oooze out during cooking too.

How big is the Philips airfryer HD9220 ?

Dimensions of product (LxWxH) Р287 x 315 x 384  mm

So if you equate this to “roughly” the size of a school ruler, or size 8 or 9 adult shoes, or even similar in size to your old deep fat fryer you wouldn’t be too far off the mark (very roughly speaking).¬† So it will happily sit on your kitchen worktop, and the two colour options means you can choose the most appropriate one.


Philips HD9220 air fryer price ?

Prices vary all the time.¬† At one time you could have spent close to ¬£200 on one of these air fryers, but nowadays the prices are closer to half that and can fluctuate on a regular basis.¬† It is possible to get good quality second hand units for under ¬£100 which isn’t too bad for new technology cooking.


Philips Air Fryer Accessories For The HD9220:

What features does the Philips 9220 air fryer have?

  • Automatic shut-off – no more burning of food if you forget you’ve “left the oven on” for example.¬† Once the timer has run out the machine stops cooking!
  • Cord storage – helping to keep things neat and tidy and avoid the inevitable spaghetti junction of cables.
  • Non-slip feet – for a safer cooking experience
  • Patented Rapid Air – Philips designed Rapid Air technology
  • Ready signal
  • Temperature control
  • Time control
  • Recipe book and app
  • Cool wall exterior

What is Rapid Air Technology?

This video explains what the Philips rapid air technology is:

Does Philips Air Fryer Work?

Yes, and extremely well.  The tehcnology has now been out a good few years and the demand for air fryers is increasing year on year as more and more people see the health benefits.

Philips pioneered rapid air technology and also have a long line of history behind them, so rest assured their air fryers will stand the test of time.  There is a 2 year warranty included anyway for your peace of mind.


Philips HD9220 Review Summary

Philips are well known for technology leading products.  They also make very robust machines.  The HD9220 is a solid perfomer that cookes all manner of foods in rapid time and without the fuss of using oil.  Health conscious people will be only too aware how much these can improve your overall health.

Overall this Philips HD9220 air fryer review has been created to help you decide if it is the right one or not for you.  Remember you can look at our top 10 best air fryers comparision if needs be.

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