How to Fix Electric Hair Clippers

Written by keith dooley
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Electric hair clippers are used for cutting and trimming hair and are popular for home use. Clippers may be either corded or rechargeable and feature interchangeable plastic guards for cutting hair at various lengths. Electric clippers typically feature a row of cutting teeth which slide from side to side in a rapid motion against a set row of cutting teeth. There may be times when problems arise with clippers which may be resolved by some basic trouble shooting procedures.

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Things you need

  • Electric clippers
  • Phillips screw driver
  • Lubricating oil
  • Brush

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    Refer to the owners manual for basic trouble shooting tips and procedures which may be performed at home. There will typically be steps and items which may be checked which often times will resolve operating issues.

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    Plug the electric cord into the wall outlet. Whether corded or rechargeable, a good electrical connection is required for operation. Check the power cord to ensure it is in good condition and the plug fits securely into the wall outlet. If the cord has become damaged or is no longer working properly, take the clippers to a local service centre or repair store to have the cord replaced.

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    Check that the batteries are being charged on rechargeable models. Refer once again to the owners manual for more in depth directions on checking or replacing batteries. If the batteries are no longer capable of holding a charge, attempt to replace them if this may be done by the user. Otherwise, refer the clippers to a service centre for battery replacement.

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    Clean the clippers to remove hair, dust, and debris which may prevent the clippers from operating properly. Use a cloth and brush to wipe and clean the clippers, paying special attention to the cutting blades.

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    Loosen and remove the cutting blades for further cleaning and inspection. Two set screws will typically hold the blades in place against one another. Remove the screws, clean the blades, examine for damage, and apply a small amount of lubricating oil. Reassemble the blades as recommended by the manufacturer. In the event that the blades should need to be sharpened, take the clippers to either a service centre or a local sharpening service which has the capability to sharpen small clipper blades.

Tips and warnings

  • Dull blades will need to be professionally sharpened.
  • Compare the price of blade sharpening to that of a new set of trimmers.
  • Use caution when handling sharp blades to avoid cuts to fingers and hands.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with lubricating oils.
  • When dealing with small electrical appliances such as clippers, many repairs should be referred to trained service technicians or speciality repair shops.

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