LED Display Flashes
LED display buttons flash and will not stay lit.
Faulty High or Low Pressure Sensor
A faulty pressure sensor means that either the leads to the sensor have been disconnected or that the sensor is broken and is indicated by a C6 error code on the screen. Follow this guide to diagnose and solve the C6 error.
Faulty Temperature Sensor
A C1 or C2 error will appear on the display. This means that the sensor has been disconnected, food or water has interrupted the connection to the sensor, or the sensor is broken. If the sensor has been disconnected or the connection interrupted, it can be fixed by connecting the leads within the device or cleaning debris from the leads with a clean, dry cloth.
Inner Pot is not Inserted Properly
Simply remove the pot from the device and reinsert it into the device. If this doesn’t work, try wiping down the pot with a clean, dry cloth to remove any debris.
No Water in Inner Pot
Instant Pot needs water in the inner pot in order to avoid overheating. Just add water to the pot and cooking should continue as normal.
Lid is not in Correct Position
Remove the lid from the device and put it back on. Once it is properly connected, cooking should continue as normal.
Steam Leaks from Pot
Steam is not contained in pot and instead escapes.
Sealing Ring Damaged
The sealing ring on your device needs to be replaced. After purchasing a new ring, take a look at
Debris Attached to Sealing Ring
Using a damp cloth, gently wipe off the ring until all food and debris pieces are removed.
Lid not Closed Properly
If the lid is not closed properly, open the lid and close it again, ensuring the pot’s handles line up with the black plastic extensions on the side of the lid.
Steam Release Valve not in Sealed Position
Make sure the steam release valve is turned clockwise until it is locked in the marked “Sealing” position.
Float Valve Silicone Ring is not Performing Correctly
The silicone ring on the float valve (on the underside of the lid) is worn out and does not properly seal the pot. Replace the float valve by following .
Device Doesn't Respond
When LED display buttons are pushed, the pot does not respond.
Bad Power Connection
This is an external issue. First, try unplugging the device and plugging it back in. If this doesn’t work, try plugging the device into another outlet.
Pot’s Electrical Fuse has Blown
A fuse in the LED display has blown and the display needs to be replaced. Check out this .
Float Valve is Unable to Rise
The Float Valve is stuck in place and unable to move in order to release pressure.
Too Little Food or Water in Pot
Larger cooking portions may be needed if your float valve is not rising. The issue also may be that not enough water is being used in the meal’s preparation. Without the proper amount of water, the Instant Pot cannot build enough pressure to prepare the food. If you need a new float valve, see this .
Float Valve Obstructed by Lid Locking Pin
The lid is likely not closed all the way. When the lid is not fully closed, a locking pin might be holding the valve down. Close the lid completely. It will click into place when the lid is secured. If you need a new float valve, see this .
The pot is too hot resulting in burned food.
Not Enough Thin Liquid in Pot
If there isn’t enough liquid in the Instant Pot, it won’t be able to create enough steam to pressurize the container. Always use a total of at least one cup of liquid. Make sure this is thin liquid, if the fluid is too thick (such as sauces) it won’t be able to boil and contents in the pot will cook unevenly. Add thick liquids on top of other ingredients (do not mix) or after the cooking cycle.
Cooking Dairy Directly in Pot
Dairy products cooked directly in the pot will scald and create a film if exposed to the bottom of the pot, causing it to overheat. If your recipe requires milk or cream, add these ingredients in after pressure cooking.
Forgot to Turn the Vent Knob to Sealed Position
This is one of the most common mistakes Instant Pot users make. If the vent knob is not turned to the sealing position it will release steam, drying out the contents of the pot and preventing it from building pressure. The fix is simple: always remember to turn the knob. The float valve will pop up when it’s sealed. If your vent knob is broken, see this .
Lid Not Properly Sealed (Leaking Steam)
If your lid is leaking steam, it’s most likely due to the sealing ring. Make sure the ring is correctly secured inside the lid, and it doesn’t have any food stuck in it. If the ring is damaged, see how to replace it . Finally, sometimes the fix is as simple as ensuring the lid is screwed on properly. When closing the lid, it should click into place. This sound will tell you that the lid is locked and ready to go.
Food Stuck Under Pot on Heating Device
Since the inside pot is so easy to take out and clean, sometimes you can forget to check underneath it. Food can find its way between the pot and heating element, so always check to make sure there’s no debris left over that could overheat the device.