If Your Electric Shaver Doesn’t Shave – How Do You Fix it?

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I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this. But, the worse thing that can happen is you’re getting ready for a date, or a very important work meeting, and you go to shave and your electric shaver doesn’t work at all.

For example, the razor doesn’t shave your beard, it won’t turn on or the blades are not cutting.

What Do You Do?

A lot of people have these problems and it can be frustrating.

However, it is avoidable if you know what to look for and what to do after identifying the problem.

If you are tired of trying to shave with an electric razor that is not working, then keep on reading because we have the information you are looking for.

Identify the Problem

In order to fix the issue with your electric shaver, first find out what the problem is.

Electric shavers are very different than regular razors because they have many electrical parts, most of which are complex.

Carefully examine the electric shaver, take out the blades, and inspect them for damage or build-up.

You also should check that the shaver is charged or that no water has gotten into the electrical areas of the shaver.

Remember, you cannot fix the problem unless you know where it is and what parts are damaged.

Common Problems and How to Fix Them?

Below are some of the most common problems with electric shavers and how to best fix them.

Depending on the issue, some may require more time to fix, while others are quick and painless fixes.

1. A build-up of hair, dead skin, or dirt: This is a frequent problem that can cause an electric shaver to stop working altogether or prevent it from working at its best. Luckily, if this is what is wrong with your shaver, it is easy to fix. Gently shake out the shaver and allow all the hair, dead skin, and other grime to fall out in the sink. Believe it or not, thick hair can drastically slow down the performance of the shaver and may be a health risk. It’s best to clean the blades out and run them under warm, soapy water.

2. Mishandling & tossing around your shaver: Not carefully storing it, or banging it against the counter or sink often can cause it to either stop working or not perform well. Mishandling a shaver is something you should avoid. When shaking the hair out of the blades, do so gently and not against anything hard surface. Store the electric shaver in a safe area, and away from water, sharp objects, or heat.

3. Not lubricating the shaver: This is just as important as changing the oil in a car or rubbing oil on a wooden cutting board after use. Lubrication on the blades of a shaver makes certain that they will give you a comfortable, smooth shave. When you do not oil your electric shaver, the blades develop friction when in use and can deteriorate over time. Lubricating the shaver should be done after each use or at the very least, after every other use. It may be a time-consuming task, but it will save you money in the long run.

4. Shaving long hair: Yes a shaver is designed to cut and trim hair. However, it is not designed to glide over extra-long facial hair. The problem with this is that long facial hair can get caught or overwhelm the blades and foils of a shaver. To avoid this issue, grab a pair of hair scissors and trim your beard if it is on the long side. Doing so will allow the shaver to closely cut your hair and leave your face feeling smooth and soft.

5. Not using shaving cream: Shaving cream helps the blade find the hair that you are wanting to shave off. Sometimes without any cream or gel, the blade has a hard time cutting it off. This is especially important to note as your blades and foils are getting older because shaving cream or gel helps older blades perform better. So, if you are standing in front of the mirror shaving your face with no cream and nothing is coming off, slap on a bit of shaving gel and you’ll see a difference.

6. Avoid alternating between razors and electric shavers: We get it, sometimes you only have time in the morning to grab a razor and quickly run it over your face or neck. However, if you are a dedicated electric shaver, then you want to avoid doing this as much as possible. Shaving with a razor offers a close shave, but it also removes a layer of skin. Due to this, an electric shaver may be unable to perform at its best. It is recommended that you avoid alternating between different shavers and stick to one to ensure a close, perfect shave.

7. Check batteries or electrical outlets: Dead batteries are common with battery-operated shavers. A helpful tip to extend the life of batteries is to remove them from the shaver after each use. If you plug in your shaver, be sure to check that the plug-in and outlet are in good condition. Avoid leaving cords and devices near water, as this can damage them. With charging shavers, be sure to not overcharge them as this can overheat the battery or cause it to die.

Most reasons why shavers do not work are due to some of the issues listed above.

Luckily with the help of this article, if you find your shaver not working, you can identify what is wrong and easily fix it.

It is important you know exactly what is causing the shaver to malfunction so that you can fix it right away.

Electric Shavers are essential grooming tools that can get overused, mistreated, and broken if not handled with the proper care.

The goal of this article was to help you not have a nonworking shaver. If this happens now you’ll know what to do to fix the problem. And also the right way to care for your shaver to avoid issues, to begin with.

1 thought on “If Your Electric Shaver Doesn’t Shave – How Do You Fix it?”

  1. I replaced shaver Remington DA 307 cutting assembly. The shaver charges fine, works, but does not shave. None of the causes you list are applicable. Is it possible that I am not putting the new cutting assembly on properly? Or can you think of another reason that the shaver does not remove facial hairs anymore? I’ve had four DA 307’s, but this is the first time I’ve replaced the cutters.


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