KitchenAid appliances are notoriously long-lasting, but what happens when one of yours breaks down and you need KitchenAid replacement parts? The chances are you just need a replacement part, and we’re here to help with any questions you might have!
Are KitchenAid and Whirlpool parts the same?
In a word: no. KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool, and therefore the parts are distributed under the same name. This is why, when you search for a part or model number for KitchenAid replacement parts, you may be directed to the Whirlpool site.
At the end of the day, Whirlpool makes all the KitchenAid parts, but KitchenAid is a subset of the overall business that is Whirlpool. This means that while some parts will match between the two brands, a large number of them won’t. Always double check to see if the part you’re buying will fit your appliance.
Do KitchenAid beaters fit all models?
They do! There are a number of different attachments on the market for different specific KitchenAid mixers, but they are all powered in the same way. This means that as long as your mixer has that universal hub that all KitchenAid mixers have, it will fit all other KitchenAid attachments, including beaters.
There are, however, a couple of attachments that are not, truly, universal. These are the attachments for the mixer where the bowl is replaced by something else. For example, the ice cream maker. In that situation, the ice cream maker is a little too big for the smaller KitchenAid mixers, so it won’t fit. If any part won’t fit with a given KitchenAid appliance, it will be officially listed on the KitchenAid website. For that reason, always make sure to check that site before you buy an attachment.
Where are KitchenAid parts made?
Different parts of the KitchenAid mixer, and other Kitchenaid appliances, are made in different parts of the world. Today, products are manufactured in a huge number of different US states, while some are manufactured in China. Regardless of where they were manufactured, all of the KitchenAid appliances are distributed throughout the US.
All of the KitchenAid stand mixers that are on the market today are assembled in the US, at a factory in Greenville, Ohio. The parts which make up the stand mixers, however, come from a number of places across the world. Infamously, KitchenAid parts are hand worked to remove any slight imperfections upon the metal cases.
The factory in Ohio is particularly impressive and has been offering tours for a number of years. The tour, known as the ‘KitchenAid Experience’ is carried out by the assembly line workers. This may sound like an odd day out, but the circle of people who love to use KitchenAid mixers probably has a lot of overlap with the circle of people who’d love to see inside the factory, and take a peek at the manufacturing process.
How do I find the part number for my parts?
There are many different ways that you could do this, but there’s one that definitely easier than most.
To get started, find the model number for your appliance. You can do this either by searching on the appliance or by going to the KitchenAid website to find your item. When you’re found your item on the site, the model number will typically be located below the item name.
Once you’ve made a note of the model number, there are a number of third-party sites that you can go to to find the part numbers for every part in your machine. One that we particularly like is ereplacementparts.com.
Enter your KitchenAid model number, for example ‘4K5SS’, and the website will present you a handy exploded drawing of your appliance which is annotated with the names and part numbers of each part. Below that diagram, there is a list of all the parts within the machine, and you can simply click ‘add to cart’ to pick them up to fix your appliance.
There are a number of third-party sites like this online, and they’re really handy during the course of owning a KitchenAid appliance.
Does KitchenAid have a lifetime warranty?
Sadly, no, KitchenAid doesn’t have a lifetime warranty.
KitchenAid has two different types of warranties that they offer.
Firstly, they offer a replacement warranty. KitchenAid products are covered by a free replacement/repair warranty for a period of three months from the time they’re purchased. Terms and conditions do apply to this, in that the warranty can only be fulfilled if the product itself fails. If you, the user, were to damage it in some way, then it may be considered wear and tear damage, rather than product failure.
The general warranty differs from the date of purchase, dependent upon the category of product that you’ve bought. For example, the stand mixers have a general warranty of five years. This means that while you might not be able to get the damaged appliance replaced, they’ll likely offer some compensation.
All the other products that Kitchenaid offer, for example, non-electric kettles or hand mixers, have a two-year general warranty.
Stand mixer attachments and commercial products have a one-year general warranty, while cookware and bakeware have a limited lifetime warranty. While this is, technically speaking, a lifetime warranty, it isn’t truly a lifetime warranty as the terms stipulate that there are certain conditions which, if met, will void the warranty.
- if the product is used in a commercial setting, the warranty is voided immediately.
- If a pot is dropped and dented or discolors (but is still usable), the warranty will not be honored.
- If the manual and/or packaging of the item says that the product is non-dishwasher safe, but the product is then washed in a dishwasher, KitchenAid will not honor the warranty.
- Finally, if the consumer freely admits improper usage, KitchenAid will not honor the warranty.
As much as KitchenAid’s warranty system seems particularly complex, it’s worth noting that KitchenAid products have been known, for years, to be particularly resilient to damage and generally long-lasting. KitchenAid still releases information nowadays about how their new attachments are compatible with mixers from the ’30s. Therefore, even if the warranty on your item isn’t particularly long, you can be assured that the product will probably last for a long time.
Whatever KitchenAid replacement parts you might need for your KitchenAid appliance, we hope that you get it back to proper working order in no time. Happy cooking!
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