Electric Shaver Doesn’t Shave – How to Fix it

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There is nothing worse than going to shave before a dinner date or important business meeting, only to find your electric shaver doesn’t shave anymore.

Perhaps the device has completely died, the blades are not trimming close, or it does not shave with ease. What do you do?

A lot of people have these kinds of problems and it is 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 but nothing happens, then keep on reading because we have just the information you need.

Identify the Problem In order to alleviate the electric shaver’s problem, you must first find out what the problem, in fact, is.

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

Carefully examine the entire 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.

Just remember, you cannot fix a problem unless you know where it is and what parts are involved.

Common Problems and How to Fix Them?

Here we will discuss some of the most common problems with electric shavers and how to best fix them.

Depending on the issue, some may require more fixing and time spent, while others are a quick, painless fix.

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 remedy. 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 hinder the performance of the shaver and poses a health risk. The best to clean the blades out is to run them under warm, soapy water.

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

3. Not lubricating Lubricating a shaver 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 ensures 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 see the 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 is 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 outlet 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 it. With charging shavers, be sure to not overcharge it 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, if you find your shaver not working, you can identify what is wrong and easily fix it.

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

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

To avoid standing in front of the bathroom mirror with a lifeless shaver asking yourself why your electric shaver doesn’t shave and how can I fix it?, you hopefully a better idea of what to look for, how to fix the problem, and overall, how to make sure you are caring for your shaver before and after each use.

1 thought on “Electric Shaver Doesn’t Shave – How to 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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