While it is inevitable that your juicer machine will eventually wear out, there are some easy steps you can take to limit wear and damage, and save money on expensive juicer parts. Stainless steel juicer parts are less likely to suffer from wear (in fact they tend to last forever) but even steel appliances have weak links – small plastic parts that may not be obvious, but are vital to the functioning of the machine.
Common problems are –
1. Not cleaning well enough. Small bits of pulp left in the mechanism get pushed in under delicate plastic juicer parts where they dry out and build up, eventually causing plastic to crack and need replacing. Another issue is that pulp falls into the machine mechanism, where it gets stuck around shafts, dries out, and causes extra friction and heat build up. Always take the time to clean the juicer parts properly.
2. Overloading. If the juicer sounds like it is working hard, slow down the amount of food you are feeding it. Masticating juicers especially will just keep crushing more and more, and the force being exerted by the mechanism is huge. Juicer parts are built to handle steady loads, so feed slowly and evenly. Never force more in if the juicer is clogged – you need to give it a quick clean out by hand.
3. Dropping or banging plastic. Do your best not to drop or whack any plastic juicer parts. even if they don’t actually break, each time you hit them you risk making tiny stress fractures that can then easily develop into cracks under the high pressure when in use crushing fruits. Note this may include putting loose plastic parts in the dishwasher, where they will be knocked about!
4. Washing plastic bits in very hot water. Again, the plastic juicer parts can suffer, becoming brittle from being heated. They become more susceptible to cracking and then breaking under pressure.
5. Don’t leave juicer parts in the sun all day every day. The plastic parts are not UV stabilised, and will deteriorate from being in sun light all day long. Don’t leave the juicer sitting on a window bench, put it in the shade or in the cupboard if not in use. UV radiation in sunlight causes plastic to turn brittle and crack easily.
If you follow these simple steps your juicer machine should not suffer premature damage. If you do need replacement juicer parts, always check your warranty first, as some juicers come with 5-10 years on certain parts. If this is not an option, remember that the original manufacturer will charge a premium for replacement parts, and better deals are often found at online stores.