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My Philips Hair Groomer/Clipper is not working

Published on 09 March 2023
If your Hair Groomer or Clipper is not working, the troubleshooting tips below may help you find a solution.

We recommend that you follow the steps in the order listed below. In between steps, check to see if the issue is resolved before moving to the next. 

1. Unplug the Groomer/Clipper from a power source.

Using an electric device with water can be very dangerous. Therefore, for your own safety, Philips waterproof or showerproof groomers only work when they are uncorded.
Try unplugging your groomer from the main power supply and then switch it on again.
Using Philips Groomer cordless

2. Clean the Groomer/Clipper.

Your groomer requires regular cleaning to function properly. Hair or debris can get stuck in the device and affect its performance.

Before cleaning your groomer, find out whether it is washable or whether it can only be cleaned while dry. 

Washable groomers
These have a tap or shower symbol printed on them. To clean these devices, take off the attachments and cutter and clean the area underneath it with water.
Do not use soapy water or any cleaning detergents, as this can remove the protective grease on the cutter and affect its performance. Wash and dry the attachments separately before reattaching them to the groomer.

Non-washable groomers
These devices have a crossed-out tap symbol printed on them. These appliances cannot be washed with water. When you remove the attachments, clean the area underneath it with the small brush provided with it or use a cotton bud.

Non-washable groomers with washable attachments
Some Philips Trimmers are not washable, however, their attachments can be washed. For these devices, take off the attachments before washing them. Make sure that the attachments are completely dry before putting them back on the groomer. 
Watch the instructional video below to learn how to clean these devices. 

For more detailed instructions on your particular model, please refer to the user manual. 

3. Oil the Groomer/Clipper.

We recommend oiling your groomer regularly. You can apply a few drops of oil on the teeth of the cutting element of your groomer. You can use the oil provided in the packaging or any other sewing machine oil.
Oiling Philips Groomer

4. Charge the battery.

It is possible that the battery of your Philips Groomer has run out. We advise you to fully charge your groomer and then try turning it on again.
Note: Charging and running time can vary based on the model of your groomer. Please check your user manual for more information.
If your appliance runs on disposable AA batteries, it might be time to replace the batteries. When replacing the battery, make sure that the + and - poles of the battery point in the right direction. Only use the correct disposable batteries as specified in the user manual. Do not mix different types of batteries or new and used batteries.

Are you still having issues with your Groomer/Clipper?

If none of these tips help, your Groomer or Clipper may be damaged internally. We recommend that you request a repair or exchange.
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