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My Kitchenmaid 6qt professional lift bowl stand mixer is 11 years old, I think, and has never had any service performed. Lately, it sounds like it is straining regardless of beater speed selected and what is being mixed, e.g., egg whites beaten at speed 2 sound as "painful" as stiff icing. Any ideas what might be going on or what I might do to try to fix it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Appliance
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Appliance Technician: Dave, Home Appliance Technician replied 2 years ago
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It's either your speed control, or the motor brushes.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is this something I can repair myself? My husband and I are both fairly handy.
Appliance Technician: Dave, Home Appliance Technician replied 2 years ago

You can check the brushes by unscrewing the access covers. There is one on each side. The speed control is accessible by removing the trim piece and removing the top of the mixer.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks! We found the problem. The bearing on the front end of the worm gear is broken.
Appliance Technician: Dave, Home Appliance Technician replied 2 years ago

I'm happy to have been of help.

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