Hair Clipper Repair

This Fix-It Guide on hair clipper repair tells how a hair clipper works, what often goes wrong, how to identify a hair clipper problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then directs you to other Fix-It Guides with simple step-by-step instructions on battery repair, electrical receptacle repair, electrical cord repair, motor repair, and switch repair. These instructions also apply to pet hair clipper repairs.

How Does a Hair Clipper Work?

Commonly referred to as hair clippers or a hair trimmer, an electric hair clipper is a small motorized appliance that moves cutting blades across stationary blades to cut hair. An electric beard trimmer operates in the same way, except the motor and blades typically are smaller. An electric dog grooming clipper also operates similarly. Each clipper is powered either by household current through an electric cord or by a rechargeable battery.

 Hair Clipper Repair

Remove the fasteners holding the hair clipper head in place.

What Can Go Wrong with a Hair Clipper?

Many repairs to a hair clipper or beard trimmer can be avoided by cleaning the appliance after every use and following the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines. In addition, the electric cord may need replacing, the recharger may need service, or the motor may be faulty. The cutting blades can become clogged and the cutting edges can be damaged. Fortunately, you can make many repairs yourself. Some new models actually clean themselves.

 Hair Clipper Repair

Remove the fasteners holding the two halves of the case in place to expose the motor and switch.

How Can I Identify a Hair Clipper Problem?

  • If a hair clipper doesn’t work at all, make sure power is on at the electrical receptacle, check the battery and recharge it if it is low or check the electrical cord. Unplug the unit, turn it over and manually move the blades. If necessary, test the motor and switches.
  • If a hair clipper or beard trimmer operates slowly, clean and lubricate it as directed by the owner’s manual. For rechargeable units, check the battery and recharge if needed.
  • If a hair clipper is noisy or cuts poorly, clean and lubricate it. Also check the motor.

What Do I Need for Hair Clipper Repair?

Replacement parts for an electric hair clipper or beard trimmer are available through retail stores or online from the manufacturer or aftermarket suppliers. Basic repair tools include these:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Lightweight lubricant

Fix-It Tip

You can find replacement-part kits for popular brands and models of hair clippers and beard trimmers at large retail chains. The kits include new blades and other replaceable components.