Blender Gasket Repair
How Do I Replace The O Ring In My Blender?
If you're blender is leaking, you may have a faulty blender gasket or o-ring. It's easy and inexpensive to repair this part of your blender. We show you how.
Blenders are great pieces of kitchen equipment that you can use to make everything from pesto, to healthy smoothies, to margaritas and other frozen drinks. While, overall blenders are easy to care for, they do need some occasional maintenance. This article will answer the question, "How do I replace the O ring in my Blender?"
What is An O Ring?
First it is important to understand what the O ring is. The O ring is one of many gaskets or seals that blender manufacturers use to make blenders watertight while in operation, while still allowing the unit to be disassembled for cleaning. The O ring sits between the base of the pitcher and the blade ensemble, effectively sealing the pitcher and preventing liquid from escaping while the unit is in operation.
Since the blender gasket is made of rubber, over time it can wear out and become cracked. As such, it becomes less effective at sealing the pitcher and leaks may occur. While all gaskets will breakdown over time, there are some things you can do to extend their lives. For example, when washing your blender, wash the O-ring by hand, and not in the dishwasher, as the hot water from the dishwasher will damage the rubber overtime.
So, how will you know when to replace your O-ring? This is fairly simple. First, it is a good idea to visually inspect the gasket every time you wash your blender. If it starts looking cracked or worn, it may be time to replace it. Another sign that it may be time to replace the o-ring is if the base of your pitcher starts to leak when you try to use your blender.
How Do You Replace The O-Ring?
Fortunately replacing the O ring is very easy. First, you must find the blender gasket that is compatible with your blender model. This can be done by going to the manufacturer's website and ordering online, or by going to your local hardware store. Just make sure to buy a gasket that is compatible with your particular blender model as not all gaskets are the same.
Once you have the new O ring, installation is easy. Simply unscrew the blade assembly from the bottom of the pitcher. Once you have done this, remove the old O-ring and slip in the new one. Then, screw everything back together. (Make sure you check the instruction sheet that comes with your new gasket, in some cases, depending on the model, you may need to soak the gasket in hot water first.) Your blender should now be as good as new!
If your blender continues to leak after you have replaced the O-ring, then you may have a problem with one of the internal gaskets in the base of the blender, or the motor housing. In this case, it is best that you take your blender to a repair shop, so that the motor housing can be disassembled and checked from problems.
By following the steps presented here, you can keep your blender in good working condition for many years to come.