Hobart Mixer Blog Post

Troubleshooting a Hobart Mixer

Commercial bakery equipment is designed and manufactured to provide years of reliable use.

When you use your equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions and keep up with the recommended maintenance regimen, you’ll enjoy consistent quality with very little downtime. However, no matter how diligent you are, you’re bound to have the occasional glitch in equipment that you use daily.

Hobart mixers are a standard in commercial bakeries, thanks to this brand’s quality and durability. If yours starts to give you trouble, you can take some preliminary steps to troubleshoot the problem before you place a commercial mixer repair call.

If Your Mixer Is Making Unusual Noises

Nothing sends a commercial baking operation into a frenzy like a mixer that starts making unusual squealing, squeaking or grinding sounds.

This may indicate a loose bolt or a dry seal. If you regularly lubricate the planetary seal, you’re unlikely to experience this problem. However, if you haven’t done so in a while, you can try rubbing some mineral oil into the seal.

Usually, however, the sudden development of a strange noise coming from any piece of commercial bakery equipment should send you straight to the phone to schedule a visit from the repair tech.

If Your Mixer Has No Power

Whenever commercial bakery equipment has no power, start by checking the breaker and making sure the mixer is plugged in. You may roll your eyes at this request but you’d be surprised by how often equipment gets unplugged in a commercial setting.

Next, check to make sure everything is seated properly. If the bowl isn’t in the right position or if the protective wire cage isn’t placed correctly, your mixer won’t start.

If everything is plugged in and properly situated, you may have overheated the motor. Try letting it sit for 15 or 20 minutes and try again. If that doesn’t work, call your commercial baking equipment repair professional.

If Your Mixer Bowl or Dough Hook Won’t Seat Properly

If the mixer bowl won’t latch properly into place, check the latches and tabs to make sure they haven’t gotten inadvertently bent.  If the dough hook won’t go into place, check to see if you have buildup on the spindle. If so, clean it off to resolve the problem.

For other problems, refer to the troubleshooting section of your user’s manual. If you don’t find the answers you need, don’t waste any more time trying to resolve the situation yourself.

Stratton Sales supplies industrial kitchen and commercial bakery equipment in Utah and throughout the U.S. We also provide commercial baking equipment repair and maintenance. Our experienced repair technicians can quickly troubleshoot your mixer and complete the necessary repairs, getting you and your team back to work. Call on the Stratton Sales team for all your bakery equipment and supplies as well as commercial bakery equipment repair.