How to Troubleshoot Instant Pot Problems
Instant pot is an amazing machine. Yes its a programmable pressure cooker and yes it can substitute multiple appliances and do even better job. It’s very versatile but it requires a lot of getting used to. You need to be careful when you use it and know all its possibilities and functions and how to use them. Also, following the recipes is very important and making preparations before you start cooking. Often when you deal with an Instant Pot or any other programmable pressure cooker you run to some problems and issues and this is where the How to Troubleshoot Instant Pot Problems article might help you and solve your problem. Let’s see some of the more common problems instant pot users deal with and the solutions.
Problem: LED Display Flashes (buttons and lights flash and won’t stay lid)
Possible cause: Defective High or Low Pressure Sensor
Defective pressure sensor means either that the connectors are disconnected or the sensor itself is defective. This is usually accompanied by a C6 error on the digital screen. If the connectors have disconnected this problem is easy solvable for someone who knows what needs to be done. They just need to know the location of the connectors inside the device and reconnect them. Usually the sensor is accessed from the bottom of your appliance and it’s usually located on the motherboard as a white circle. You can try reconnecting the leads from the censor to the motherboard and if that does’t fix the problem then the sensor needs to be replaced.
Possible cause: Defective Temperature Sensor
This problem is accompanied by the appearance of C1 and C2 errors on the digital display and it actually means that the sensor might be disconnected or broken or food and water has influenced the connection of the sensor. If the connection has been interrupted for any reason, this problem can be solved from within the device where you can access the sensor and clean it and reconnected it. If this doesn’t solve the problem then the sensor needs to be replaced.
Possible cause: The Inner Pot is not Inserted Properly
This might not be the most obvious problem but you should always have it on your mind when you are trying to troubleshoot problems with your instant pot. You can solve this by simple removing and reinserting the inner pot and if nothing changes then you next step should probably be removing the debris and wiping the inner pot from the outside with a soft dry cloth.
Possible cause: No Water in Inner Pot
The Instant Pot or any pressure cooker requires at least some water in the inner pot to keep the whole thing from overheating. Don’t be afraid if you notice there is no water. Just add some more and the instant pot is ready to continue with the cooking process.
Possible cause: The Lid Has Moved From The Correct Position
This is probably the simplest solution to any problem you might face with this appliance. This is easily solved and you just need to remove the lid and replace it and if it’s correctly placed then the cooking process can continue.
Problem: Leaking Steam Out of The Pot
Possible cause: Damaged Sealing Ring
One big problem of pressure cookers is when steam starts escaping because containment is compromised. One of the solutions of this problem is damaged sealing ring. The only solution for this is to replace the sealing ring. We don’t recommend for you to make any changes in your appliance on your own and its best to contact your dealer to or find someone locally to service your unit.
Possible cause: Leftovers and Debris are Attached to The Sealing Ring
If you notice that the sealing ring is dirty and you see leftover food and debris on it get a soft cloth and gently remove them all until the lid can close properly again.
Possible cause: Lid Not Closed Properly
This is easily solved and you just need to remove the lid and replace it and if it’s correctly placed then the cooking process can continue. Make sure that steam doesn’t escape anymore.
Possible cause: Steam Release Valve not in Sealed Position
Make sure the steam release valve is turned clockwise until it is locked in the sealing position.
Possible cause: Float Valve Silicone Ring is not Performing Correctly
If the float valve silicone ring is worn out then it can’t properly seal the instant pot. This means that the silicone ring needs to be replaced.
Problem: Device Not Responding
Possible cause: No or Bad Power Connection
This is often a problem that is easy solvable but you still need to be careful because you are dealing with electricity. First thing you always need to do is to unplug and plug your appliance and if this doesn’t try plugging it into anotehr wall outlet. If you still wont get any response from your appliance then you need to contact a specialist who will service your appliance to check the power cable and all the wiring.
Possible cause: The Electrical Fuse has Blown
If the electrical fuse has blown and you can see that the display is not working then the whole screen needs to be replaced. Contact the deal for service instructions or locations.
Possible cause: Not Enough Liquid In The Pot
Not enough liquid in the pot will lead to overheating and the instant pot will fail to create steam and pressurize. To avoid that you will always need to add at least one cup of liquid. Try to avoid using thick liquids like sauces because the boiling temperature rises and will not cook your food evenly. Sauces can be added after the cooking process.
Possible cause: Cooking Dairy Directly in Pot
Dairy products cooked directly in the pot will scald and create a film if exposed to the bottom of the pot, causing it to overheat. If your recipe requires milk or cream, add these ingredients in after pressure cooking.
Possible cause: Forgot to Turn the Vent Knob to Sealed Position
The most common mistake that happens to almost all instant pot users and can cause steam to leak and the pot to overheat when all the steam goes out. This is caused when the vent knob is not turned to the sealed position (in many models of pressure cookers) and causes steam to go out of the pot drying the contents in the pot in the process and preventing the build up of pressure. The solution is to always remember to turn the knob or at least check it. If it’s broken consult your dealer about service and replace it.
Possible cause: Debris stuck under the inside pot (many pressure cooker models)
Well the solution here is simple, be careful and clean your instant pot regularly including the inside of it after you remove the inner pot. The heating elements need to be maintained clean and in perfect condition so that they last long and don’t overheat.