Air Fryer Making A Rattling Noise – Here’s Why & How To Fix It

What it means:

The rattling noise typically occurs when the cooking temperature is too high. When the temperature reaches a certain level, you’ll find that your food starts to turn brown quickly and that some hot oil will escape from the sides of the bowl. The best way to stop this from occurring is to reduce your heat or turn your fryer off entirely.

*Note: Air fryers are quite expensive. A majority of the time it’s highly recommended that you cook with an air fryer to avoid damaging the device. If you want to know more about how to properly use your air fryer, read my article on how to use an air fryer for deep fried chicken .

Conclusion: It is very important that you understand what is causing the rattle/noise in your air fryer otherwise, if left unattended, it may cause the device to overheat , causing damage to your air fryer unit.

Steps To Fix The Rattling Noise

1. Increase the cooking time at lower temperatures. If the rattling noise is still occurring even at the lower temperatures, you will need to increase the cooking time.

2. Turn off/switch off your air fryer after use.

3. If your air fryer has a digital display, ensure that the display matches what you see in relation to cooking time and temperature. This can be done by pressing “Temp” and “Time” buttons on the front of the air fryer until you reach an accurate reading of temperature and time displayed on your air fryer digital readout or oven timer (if one is installed).

4. Incorrectly programmed air fryer that holds higher cooking temperatures.

5. Excess grease in your air fryer.

By reading the above steps, you may have also discovered that the rattling noise is actually caused by one of the others mentioned in this article’s recommended steps. But there are a couple more things you should keep in mind to avoid common problems with your air fryer devices:

1. Cook your food dry and make sure there isn’t a lot of oil or other liquids left on top of your food while it’s cooking in the air fryer.

2. If you are planning on frying your food, make sure you get rid of excess liquids before frying it in the air fryer.

3. Avoid placing too much food in your air fryer at one time. Cooking smaller quantities of food helps avoid overloading your air frying device and causing a rattling noise to occur when air fryer is in operation.

4. Make sure your air frying device is placed in a position where all the hot air can circulate freely around it’s interior chamber or compartment, so that the hot air cooks each piece of food evenly throughout the entire cooking process without any interruptions from rattling noises occurring. 

5. If you are using an air fryer to bake your foods, make sure you use the same cooking temperature settings as when using an air fryer for fried foods , but also make sure that your baking dish is large enough to accommodate the food in your frying process.

6. If you are using an air fryer to steam or boil fruits or veggies, make sure that the cooking process remains consistent throughout. This means if your air fryer is in operation, increase the heat in your appliance when it starts heating up at a lower temperature and then maintain the same intensity of heat throughout the entire time period.

7. Ensure that your air fryer is not placed or left in a place where it gets too much direct sunlight.

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8. Your food should be cooked completely through before removing the food from your air fryer. This means once your cooking process starts, make sure you do not open the door to take out your food until it’s fully cooked through to avoid any rattle noises occurring.

9. If you are frying foods, make sure you are using a thermometer to ensure that your air fryer is cooking at the appropriate temperature, otherwise if you are using an old-fashioned oven thermometer , make sure that you use it with caution as their aren’t many temperature indicators on oven thermometers .

10. Use tongs and not your bare hands (ouch!) when taking out your foods from the air fryer.

11. Make sure you place a damp, clean towel or paper towel under the lid of your air fryer after each use to help prevent grease and oil from falling into the interior of your appliance.

12. Always preheat your air fryer before any use for at least 30 minutes or until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit before using it for frying foods or steaming.

13. Avoid using or placing your air fryer near any source of water.

14. Always use a food thermometer to determine if your food is cooked thoroughly through before removing it from your air fryer.

15. Most importantly, read your food appliance instruction manual before use and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to properly operate and maintain your air fryer unit.

16. If you have tried everything listed above and still have rattle noise issues, call the customer service of the manufacturer for assistance on how to repair/replace your device if it’s still under warranty or you can contact a certified air fryer repair specialist near you if it is out of warranty.

17. If you have tried everything listed in this article and still can’t find a solution to your rattle noise problem, it may be time for you to contact the manufacturer of your air fryer device and/or read online reviews on possible issues that you can try or look for when using your air fryer.

18. If all else fails, it’s time for you to purchase a new air fryer and start over again (but don’t forget about how to use an air frying device like a pro ).

19. Never make the mistake of using an oven thermometer in place of an air fryer thermometer.

If you have found any issues with your air fryer device, please let us know in the comments below so we can help you find a solution to your rattling noise problem.

For more information on how to use an air fryer, please read my previous article Air Fryer 101:

How to fix it:

If an error message pops up while you’re using your airfryer, it’s always best for you to check out what it says before doing anything else. This could be a problem with time settings or power levels which have been set incorrectly.

If you’re using a recipe with a set time and temperature, make sure you check the instructions to see if they need to be adjusted. Also, look at the ingredient list to make sure there are no mistakes.

If nothing else is working out for you, you can always contact the manufacturer by visiting their website or calling them to find out how they can help you.

As long as it’s not too late, there’s always the option of returning your fryer which could be an alternative if none of these other fixes are able to solve the rattle problem that you’re facing.

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This is the third in our series of 10 easy, completely idiot-proof Air Fryer Recipes that you can easily enjoy on a regular basis. We’re here to share the secret on how to get the most out of your airfryer without ever having to think about it ever again.

Is an air fryer supposed to make noise?

The short answer is yes. Most air fryers emit some type of noise when in operation. This doesn’t mean that the air fryer is defective though, but more than likely you’ve just got new noises to get used to.

Understanding how an air fryer works , will come in handy when you find yourself cooking on one. For example, many of us weren’t aware that the process of frying creates heat which causes vibrations within the oil or grease within the appliance (or on the cooking vessel, if it’s on a flat surface).

This is why an old-fashioned oven thermometer is not suitable for use with your airfryer. This may seem like common sense, which is why this seems to be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re trying to understand what’s going on with your air fryer.

If you’re new to the world of air frying, it’s likely that you’re not used to any sort of noise from your appliance. If this is the case, then a few days into using your airfryer you aren’t going to be too bothered at all with a loud noise coming from it.

In most cases though, most people’s noises will disappear after a few weeks of use, although some users’ noises will stay for longer periods even if they cook on the same appliance every day.

Why does my air fryer make noise?

We realize that it’s unlikely that you’re going to be too bothered about an air fryer making noise. The question is what are you going to do about it?

The point of making all these noise related posts is to make sure our readers are aware of different issues which can occur with their air fryer machine, so there’s no need for them to worry about the noise any longer.

For most people, the main issue they face after using their air fryer for a few weeks/months is the overheating issue. This is an easy fix since most units come with a cooling fan or unit which will kick in once your appliance gets hot enough.

The other issue most people face is the rattling noise which relates to their cooking vessel. For most units, there is no way of making this noise go away. The only thing you can do is make sure your cooking vessel isn’t overfilled with oil (if you’re using a basket) or crumbs (if it’s on a flat surface).

What happens when the temperature is too hot inside your airfryer?

This next part applies to units which use heated oil which means they aren’t drum-based like the ones we’ve previously mentioned in this post (although most units use heated oil, they still work in the exact same fashion).

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The key thing to remember when you get your airfryer hot is that the heating element inside the unit is only designed to work at a certain temperature. The temperature will begin to increase once your cooking vessel gets close enough and the liquid in it starts to evaporate.

Your air fryer will begin to vibrate if this happens and you’ll hear a cracking or hissing sound coming out of your airfryer. This is normal and you don’t need to worry about anything, though we should take action if this happens for more than a few times.

How can I make my air fryer quieter?

There’s no way around the fact that once you get an airfryer hot it will create a tremendous amount of noise. The only way to deal with it is to lower your cooking vessel.

It’s also important that the unit is level during cooking. If you find that your unit is on an uneven base, then there’s a huge chance that all of your food will spill out of the basket (and on to your plate).

This can lead to major messes since most baskets are set at an angle (which means they won’t be level) and if the oil is on the bottom there’s even more chance for things to spill.

The main thing you should take away from this is that a normal upright microwave can be a great alternative to an airfryer if you’re wanting something which is able to cook food without the need for any oil.

In summary, if your airfryer has been making noise for more than a few times, then it’s likely you’ll want to take action about it. This will either require you to lower your cooking vessel or look into using a different appliance.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, then there’s only one way to stop the noise and that’s by replacing your airfryer with a quieter model.

Can you turn off the beep on an air fryer?

This is a common question that a few people have asked and we decided to look into this issue further. There’s no way to turn off the air fryer beep from within the appliance itself.

If you want to stop or silence any sort of noise from your airfryer, you’ll have to look at what other brands are available to buy. We can’t provide any sort of advice along with this as it depends on what model you own and what other features it has that may or may not involve noise.

In summary, if you want to silence the “beep” from your appliance then it’s going to be a case of buying a quieter model. You can also just not use a beeping air fryer and use a different appliance instead if you’re not happy with the noise.

What do other people have to say about air fryer noise?

A lot of people don’t take kindly to noises coming from their appliances and we understand why they would be concerned about this issue. Even though there is no way out from here other than buying a new appliance, we wanted to look at what others have had to say about this topic.

For most people, this is the end of the story along with noise coming from their airfryer. If you’re not happy with the noise (and we realize that you probably aren’t) then take action and get a quieter model instead.

Keep in mind that look at different brands and prices when choosing your new air fryer. We’ve already mentioned which ones we consider to be quieter than others but we’ll keep mentioning them in this post and in the future so you can see all available options before buying one.

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