Pressure cookers promise to be some of the most useful tools in your kitchen. If your pressure cooker was poorly manufactured, though, or shows signs of wear, you’ll need to act quickly to replace your model.
That said, when is it time to replace your model, and when can you work with a manufacturer to secure a replacement?
How Long Are Pressure Cookers Supposed to Last for?
The lifespan of your pressure cooker is going to vary based on its brand and usage. If you’re using your pressure cooker on a daily basis and investing in regular maintenance, it may last you up to five years. On average, though, most pressure cookers perform well for up to three years. After that, it’s time to consider investing in a replacement.
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What Are Common Signs of Pressure Cooker Damage?
Pressure cookers take on wear and tear due to the high heat at which they operate. If you can spot early signs of damage, you can invest in the maintenance you need to keep your cooker operating for longer. Some of the most common signs of pressure cooker damage include:
- Chipped equipment
- Gaskets that won’t seal
- Faulty lid hinges
- Poorly-fitted seals
You can often work with a pressure cooker’s manufacturer to replace the parts that have seen damage over time. If your pressure cooker falls outside of its warranty or protection plan, though, you may have to start shopping for a new unit.
What Warranty Can I Get on My Pressure Cooker?
The warranty you get on your pressure cooker is going to differ from unit to unit. Each pressure cooker manufacturer has a different standard to which they uphold their sold products. You’ll want to investigate the warranties offered by each of the largest manufacturers before you commit to a particular investment.
That said, some third-party sellers will extend the warranties offered by products’ manufacturers. For example, InstantPot tends to offer a one-year warranty on its pressure cookers (though you have the opportunity to purchase a longer one). That said, Amazon allows you to purchase up to four years of additional protection.
If your pressure cooker malfunctions within either its warranty or the deadline placed by your protection plan, you should be able to request repairs or a replacement. Should a third-party seller or manufacturer try to stonewall you, though, you can reach out to the team with Zanes Law for assistance.
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What Maintenance does a Pressure Cooker Need?
Your pressure cooker is made up of several delicate working parts that need to be treated with care. You want to both keep bacteria from living it up in your unit and prevent a lack of care from damaging your unit’s mechanisms. With that in mind, make sure that you:
- Clean your pressure cooker with warm water immediately after emptying
- Clean each of the pressure cooker’s parts separately from one another
- Use a combination of baking powder and water to clean off tough food stains
- Do not let food, water, or materials sit in your pressure cooker for more than twelve hours at a time
- Do not store cooked food in your pressure cooker
- Dry your pressure cooker’s separate parts before storing it in a high and dry location
Finally, do not place your pressure cooker in your dishwasher unless you’re certain that your unit is dishwasher safe. Otherwise, your dishwasher may ruin the electronics needed to keep your unit operational.
You’ll also want to give your pressure cooker a regular check-up at least twice a year. Inspect and tighten any loose screws while keeping an eye on your steam gasket. Both your gasket and pressure seals need to be well-cared for if you want your pressure cooker to do its job.
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What’s the Longest Lasting Pressure Cooker on the Market?
There are several manufacturers who have been lauded for the quality of their pressure cookers. Instant Pot’s catalog still stands out on the market, with the 7-1 Pressure Cooker lasting up to three years with consistent maintenance.
That said, there are other manufacturers who produce equally long-lived pressure cookers. When you’re shopping for a replacement – or for your first model – you can look to:
So long as you consistently care for the pressure cooker in your kitchen, you should get between two or three years of high-quality use out of it. The better care you take of your unit, the more likely it is to last beyond that timespan.
Can I File a Lawsuit If My Pressure Cooker doesn’t Work as Advertised?
Should you purchase a pressure cooker that exhibits a mechanical failure or that causes you undue harm, you may have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against its manufacturer. To do so, however, you’ll need to indicate that:
- The pressure cooker malfunctioned in a way that was unexpected or unaddressed by the manufacturer
- The malfunction did not result from your own mistakes while using the device
- The malfunction resulted in significant injury to you, your loved ones, and/or your home
More specifically, you’ll need to indicate that the manufacturer both owed you a duty of care and violated that duty of care via your pressure cooker’s malfunction. Our personal injury attorneys can help you gather the evidence needed to state your case.
Discuss a Faulty Pressure Cooker With Our Team
If you find yourself contending with a faulty pressure cooker, you could ruin more than your next meal. Pressure cookers that don’t hold up to their warranties or that fail in unexpected ways may entitle you to a product liability lawsuit.
You can discuss a pressure cooker failure with the team at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. Our product liability attorneys are available to discuss your pressure cooker malfunctions over the phone or through our website. Contact us today to learn more about our services.