Air Fryer Keeps Turning Off [Try These Proven Fixes]

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Welcome to another air fryer troubleshooting article.

Today, I am going to talk about another annoying air fryer problem—the air fryer turning off during cooking.

Imagine making delectable and crunchy fries, and the next thing you know, the fan stops whirring, and your air fryer becomes cold and quiet all of a sudden.  

Do you know why this happens?

If your air fryer keeps turning off, it can be because the power plug is not properly connected to the socket. There are cracks or bends on the power cord. Alternatively, your air fryer’s wattage might be causing a circuit overload, turning it off repeatedly.

How To Fix Air Fryer Keeps Turning Off While Cooking

Numerous issues could be shutting down your air fryer during the cooking cycle. Below, we have highlighted some tips that might be causing the issue.

1. Air Fryer Switch Loses Grip On The Socket

If you see no apparent signs of damage shutting off your air fryer during cooking, the first thing you should check is the switch.

Make sure the power plug is firmly inserted into the socket.

Sometimes, the power switch can wobble and lose its grip on the power socket, especially when you move the unit on the countertop during cooking.

2. Air Fryer Power Cable Needs Reseating

It is possible that you unintentionally disconnected the power cable from the air fryer when jerking open the fryer basket. This could cause your air fryer to stop working.

To resolve the issue, turn around the air fryer, and you will see the point where the power cable attaches to the unit.

See if the power cable is not seated into the unit properly. If that’s the case, reseat it again, and hopefully, it will resolve your issue.

3. Overloaded Power Outlet

Connecting multiple devices with a high wattage to a power outlet can cause powerpoint overload. It is because the circuit tries to draw more current than it can manage, resulting in a short circuit.

An overloaded circuit trips and disconnects current flow to all the appliances connected to the same power outlet.

If you suspect an overloaded power outlet is shutting down your air fryer, you can try resolving the issue by following the below steps.

  • Disconnect all the appliances from the power outlet.
  • Turn on the circuit breaker if it is tripped and connect only the air fryer.
  • If your air fryer starts working, this can confirm that an undue strain on the electrical system was causing your air fryer to turn off.


If you cannot turn on the circuit breaker or see sparks coming out of the circuit breaker panel, call an electrician for help. It can be perilous to handle this situation on your own.

4. Extension Cord Issue

Some people use an extension cord when their air fryer’s cable does not reach the wall socket, especially if it is positioned at a distance from the work area.

While this may seem like a quick fix, connecting an air fryer or other high-wattage appliance to an extension cord can pose a safety risk to you.

Voltage dips and surges can potentially damage the appliance.

5. Damaged Power Cord

Damaged Power Cord Air Fryer Keep Turning OFF

Occasionally, an air fryer turns off automatically because of a faulty power cord.

A damaged power cord prevents a steady flow of electricity to your air fryer.

When the cord moves, the connection breaks, interrupting the current and causing your air fryer to turn off on its own.

To address this issue, you should check the power cord condition next. Is it faulty, cracked, bent, or squashed at some point?

If you fail to locate any cracks on the cord but still suspect a problem, replace the power cord with a similar one.

Plug in the air fryer, and if it does not turn off again, you can be sure that a fault in the power cord was, in fact, causing the issue.

6. Damaged Power Outlet

Damaged Power Socket Air Frye Keep Turning OFF

A faulty power outlet or internal socket failure can lead to frequent shutdowns of your air fryer. This issue mostly arises in low-quality or aging power outlets that have been in use for years.

Common signs of a faulty power outlet or a malfunctioning socket are buzzing, crackling, popping sounds, and sparks, which can trip the electrical breakers and blow fuses.

If you observe any of these signs, promptly unplug your air fryer and connect it to another power outlet in a different part of the house.

If the air fryer no longer turns off again, the mystery is resolved!

However, if it turns off again, you may still need to keep looking to find the underlying cause.

7. Faulty Power Plug

Faulty Power Plug - Air Fryer Turns OFF Itself

If there is no issue with the power outlet, the power plug of your air fryer might be malfunctioning.

A damaged plug prevents the air fryer from functioning properly due to loose wiring connections or an inner conductor that needs reconnecting.

Examining and fixing the damaged power plug can prevent your air fryer from turning OFF unexpectedly.

8. Malfunctioning Of Internal Component

If you have ruled out any issue with the electrical system in the air fryer, it is time to consider the possibility of malfunctioning internal components. 

Among the internal components, the temperature sensor of the air fryer, which is responsible for regulating its heat level, is the most important. 

If you can locate the temperature sensor yourself, inspect it for dirt and debris. 

Alternatively, call a handyman to have a look.

9. Reset Your Air Fryer

If you are using a smart digital air fryer, a glitch in its system can cause it turn off repeatedly.

To fix it, unplug your air fryer and hold the power button for 20 seconds. Let the unit rest for 30 minutes and then you can start using it again.

10. Give Your Air Fryer An Overnight Break

Air fryers come with electrical circuits that start malfunctioning over time. The more high-tech your air fryer, the more circuits it will have.

Philips air fryer is an example of a high-tech air fryer with sophisticated functions and sensors. These circuits often have bugs that won’t clear until you leave the unit unplugged for a whole night.

An overnight break gives the circuits ample time to power down and reset and get rid of any build-up heat. 

Electrical appliances, including air fryers, often turn on after a long pause.

11. Contact The Customer Service

If everything else fails to resolve the issue, you are left with no option but to contact the manufacturers. If the appliance is still under warranty, you can call the company and ask for a replacement or a repair.

Preventing Your Air Fryer From Keep Stopping

  • Place it a few inches away from the wall to avoid overheating.
  • Clean your air fryer regularly to prevent build up of food and grease.
  • Do not fill the air fryer basket to the brim.
  • Check temperature settings of your air fryer.


Why does my PowerXL air fryer shut off randomly?

PowerXL air fryer has an auto-shut-off feature. This feature ensures the safety of the user and is activated automatically when the appliance is overheated. When this happens, unplug the air fryer and let it cool down, and then you can use it.

Can air fryer overheat and shut off?

Yes, your air fryer can turn off due to overheating. Let the unit rest for 20 to 30 minutes, and start using it again. If the problem persists, then it is likely due to a problem with the air fryer's thermostat. If you are using a Ninja air fryer, you can watch this video that shows the Ninja air fryer overheating fix.

What happens if you leave an air fryer on all night?

No, you should not leave your air fryer ON all night long because it can catch fire. To ensure your safety, we advise you unplug your air fryer when not in use.


Final Words

Finding the issue of your Air fryer turning off is a struggle, especially when halfway through cooking or planning to make a delicious meal. However, in most cases, there is no need to panic. You can do a lot at home to fix the air fryer not working properly.

Before reaching out to customer service, check the power cord and switch for possible signs of damage or see if the socket is working. If your air fryer is connected to an extension cord, unplug it, as this might be the culprit. If everything fails, you have no option but to ask for professional assistance.