Here are some troubleshooting tips for when your Instant Pot is acting up.
Alina BradfordCNET Contributor
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My Instant Pot (also nicknamed Instapot) is a huge part of my kitchen. I use it all the time. It can cook dinner in a matter of minutes, make complicated recipes seem easier and makes cleaning after meals much less painful.
So when it stops working as normal, I'll admit that chaos ensues. I figured out how to troubleshoot the most common Instant Pot problems and have found that most are easy fixes. Here's what you need to know to keep your Instapot up and running, too.
These tips are for most Instant Pot Models, including the popular Instant Pot Duo options. Make sure to always consult the user manual for your specific model to troubleshoot.
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Problem 1: Dead screen
No matter which button you press, nothing happens. There's no beeping sound and nothing happens on the screen.
The fix: Don't worry, the cord probably isn't attached all the way. Remove the plug on the back of the Instant Pot and push it inward, firmly.
Problem 2: The screen says "Ovht"
Your Instant Pot stopped cooking and has a weird Ovht code on the screen.
The fix: Ovht stands for "overheat." This means that more than likely, your food is burning inside the locked pot. The code "C5" on the screen is also an indication that your pot is too hot.
Quickly release pressure until the float valve goes down and remove the inner pot. Chances are you didn't put enough water or other liquids in the pot, which caused everything to overheat and burn. Next time, closely follow the recipe's directions for how much liquid to add to the ingredients.
Problem 3: Beeping
The Instant Pot keeps beeping after you start it up, seemingly for no reason.
The fix: Beeping means that the pot is overheating because there isn't enough liquid in the pot. It's letting you know before things start burning and the Ovht code pops up on the screen. Quick release any built up pressure and add more liquid to the inner pot.