Kenwood Chef Repair

Kenwood repair in Worthing, West Sussex

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Smelly Kenwood Chef A901

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FixItWorkshop, Worthing, Jan’17.  Repaired Kenwood Chef A901

This Kenwood Chef developed a nasty little problem. The failure smelled expensive and the Chef even puffed out some smoke when it began to fail, it would operate, but noisily and badly, so it to the workshop it had to go.

It was in decent overall condition and has loads of accessories, so definitely worth saving since a new one is over £300 new.

Since the speed control circuitry is a common failure on models of this age, it seemed sensible to start there.  On this unit, access wasn’t a problem and the issue was quickly diagnosed.  Both capacitors had failed (spectacularly)  and one of the resistors had become weak by about 20 Ohms or so.  Repair kits are readily available online for those who are willing to save these excellent machines, so after removing the faulty components, new items were fitted.

Another little annoying problem with the Chef, was the main drive belt.  It was intermittently rubbing the main plastic body of the unit, making a horrible sound and melting some of the casing (only cosmetic).  The motor mounting spacer had compressed on one side causing the belt to not run correctly.  This was fixed with a small washer to correct the belt’s alignment.

With a little bit of grease, WD40, Brasso, contact cleaner, repair kit and washer, the whole job took a couple of hours (including fettling time) and cost me under £8.  Definitely worth the effort considering the price of a replacement Chef.

Here’s a picture of the new components fitted in situ…

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FixItWorkshop, Worthing, Jan’17.  New capacitors, resistors and triac fitted, fixed!

Author: fixitworkshopblog

One of my hobbies is repairing everyday items. I like to recycle, re-use and make. My other hobbies are spannering with my car and motorbike. Just starting out in the world of blogging

2 thoughts on “Kenwood Chef Repair”

  1. I have recently undertaken the repair of an A901 and while I had it apart I also cleaned and regreased the gearbox etc. I now have exactly the same problem with the drive belt now riding ‘high’ on both the motor and gearbox pulleys. I think realigning the motor as you describe is what I need to do but how on earth did you get the washers in place to achieve this? (I am presuming they need to fit between the plastic motor mounting spacer and the motor itself but how do you keep them in place as you offer up the motor inside the casing of the machine?

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    1. Hi John, thanks for getting in touch. In theory, you shouldn’t need washers as there should be ‘adjustment’ on the three motor bolts/ screws (viewed from above where the motor drive is) that can be used to adjust tension. I’m wondering since yours was OK, that one of the plastic cams those screws sit in is upside down or that the plastic carrier that the motor sits in isn’t seated correctly. I used a washer or two between the metal body and plastic cam to correct the misalignment- since the plastic parts on my machine were worn. Hope that makes sense. Basically, re-check your assembly, if you’ve had it in bits. It’s easy for a component to not sit correctly.

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