How to Troubleshoot a Breadman Ultimate Plus

The Breadman Ultimate Plus is designed to be easy to use.

Follow the instructions carefully to produce a perfect loaf every time.Follow the instructions carefully to produce a perfect loaf every time.
But bread making is a delicate art. There are several things that can go wrong on the way to a perfect loaf of bread. Even if the Breadman is working perfectly, measurements and cooking times must be precise. Before you troubleshoot, double check the recipe to make sure that you have followed the instructions to the letter. If everything checks out, try these troubleshooting techniques for common problems with the Breadman Ultimate Plus.

Check the display if the bread maker will not turn on or mix the ingredients. If it reads "- - H", the Breadman is too hot for operation. Move the bread maker away from any heat source. Unplug it and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before attempting to operate it again. If the display reads "- - L", the bread maker is too cold. Keep it plugged in, wait 5 minutes and then start again.

Check to make sure that the kneading paddle is installed securely if the Breadman Ultimate Plus will not mix. Mixing will not engage until the Kneading Paddle is in place.

Check to make sure that the bread maker is not unintentionally set on "Whole wheat", "Whole wheat rapid" or "Jam cycle". On these settings, the bread maker will not mix the ingredients.

Wipe the heating element clean of any spilled ingredients with a wet rag if smoke, steam or a burning smell are coming from the bread maker.

Pull the kneading paddle out of the bread if it gets stuck. The kneading paddle is designed to be easily detachable. Use a non-metal utensil to separate the dough from the paddle. Use an oven mitt when pulling out the kneading paddle. It will be hot.

Loosen the kneading paddle if it is stuck in the drive shaft. Do not attempt to force it out. Pour warm water into the bread pan and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then try pulling out the loosened paddle. Repeat if necessary.

Check the expiration date on your yeast. Old yeast can cause your bread to smell "funny" or "yeasty". Or it may keep the bread from rising.

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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.