Some Instant Pot Models are Overheating and Melting. Check If Yours Is Safe to Use.

Instant Pot is reporting that a few of its models can overheat. Most are 100% safe to use, but double check to make sure you don't need a replacement.

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It’s no secret that we love our Instant Pots (here’s why!), but before you start whipping up an amazing beef brisket or short ribs for dinner, you might want to double check your pot. Instant Pot has released a statement that a small number of its multicookers have malfunctioned causing the pots to overheat and even melt.

What’s happening?

According to a post on the company’s Facebook page, a small number of reports have been recieved stating that the multicooker has overheated causing the underside of the product to warp and melt. Those with traditional Instant Pots needn’t worry. The company states that this flaw is limited to its Gem 8-in-1 multicooker only, and that only pots from batches 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 and 1746 have had issues.

If you have a Gem model (the company’s slow cooker option—not it’s traditional pressure cooker), you can check its batch code by looking on the underside of your Instant Pot. It should be clearly marked on a silver label.

Confused about what which type of model you have? Check out our guide.

What to do if your Instant Pot is affected?

If you do have one of the malfunctioning Instant Pots, it’s best to stop using it right away. The manufacturer is still working on a solution for providing replacements, but will provide information in the near future. If you do have an Gem 8-in-1 Instant Pot that needs replacing, you can always contact the company’s customer service department by phone or online.

This all being said, the company’s most popular models—like the Duo and Lux—are not affected, so you can rest easy as you cook tonight.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.