How to Fix Overheated Shredder

How to Fix Overheated Shredder

Do you have a paper shredder that gets overheated after shredding, and you have to wait until it cools down. This article is for you. It will give you an answer, how to fix overheated shredder.

Paper shredder is an important tool to have in your office or home. It will allow you to get rid of all your unwanted documents in a couple of minutes without identity threats. There are a number of companies with different brands who sales paper shredder.

But most of the paper shredder user has a common complaint about how to fix overheated shredder. To solve this problem, let’s understand why it is overheated? There are several points which I have to cover so bear with me.

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How to Fix Overheated Shredder

Why does my shredder overheat?

To answer this let’s see, How do paper shredders work? When we start paper shredder, its sensor gets started and check for a paper to shred. When we throw papers in its shredding tray the sensor get signal to start shredding motor.

The motor will start rotating at predefined speed and shred the paper. This is the point where paper shredder generates heat. More you shred more heat can be generated, and a safety sensor which monitors shredding motor’s heat, get activated.

Overheating safety sensor: The duty of overheating safety sensor is to monitor the heat level of the motor, to prevent permanent damage.

So, when we shred continuously on paper shredder the motor gets overheated, for the safety and prevent damage to the motor it stops working until it cools down.

Quality of Paper Shredder Machine

Overheating is the most common issue with “cheap” shredders. These shredders are designed for light use. If you shred more than a few minutes it gets overheated. We have read many low-cost shredder’s manuals. In which it is mentioned that it has to be left off for 30 to 60 minutes after continuous use of 3 to 15 minutes.

In the following table, we have selected the best paper shredders for home and small office. You can check the continuous run time and cooling period of the shredders. So you can get the idea.

Sr. No. ProductType of ShredderRun Time
1AmazonBasics 6-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office ShredderCross-Cut8 minutes with a 30-minute cooldown
2Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper ShredderCross-Cut
3AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Home Office ShredderCross-Cut3 minutes and the power of time is 30-minutes
4AmazonBasics 8-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card ShredderMicro-Cut2 minutes with a 40-minute cooldown
5Aurora AS890C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut
6Bonsaii DocShred 8-Sheet High-Serurity Micro-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card ShredderMicro-Cut4 minutes with a 40-minute cooldown
7bonsaii DocShred C560-D 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut ShredderMicro-Cut3-minute
8Aurora AU870MA High-Security 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card ShredderMicro-Cut5 minutes
9Aurora AU650MA High-Security 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper Credit Card ShredderMicro-Cut2 minutes with 30-minutes cool down
10Fellowes 450M 9-Sheet Micro-Cut Office Paper ShredderMicro-Cut10 minutes
11Fellowes Powershred 60Cs 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut6 minutes
12Fellowes Powershred W11C, 11-Sheet Cross-cut Paper and Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut5 minutes
13Sentinel FX101B 10-Sheet High Security Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut2 minutes
14Aurora AU1020MA High-Security 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card ShredderMicro-Cut5 minutes
15Fellowes 62MC 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Home and Office Paper ShredderMicro-Cut7 minutes
16Bonsaii Paper Shredder, 240 Minutes Continuous Shredding, 10-Sheet Micro Cut (25/64 inches) Micro-Cut240 minutes
17AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Home Office ShredderMicro-Cut8 minutes and a 45-minute cooldown
18Bonsaii DocShred C156-D 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut5 minutes with a 40-minute cooldown
19Sentinel FM121P 12-Sheet High Security Micro Cut Paper Credit Card Shredder Micro-Cut7 feet per minute
20Bonsaii EverShred Pro 3S16 12-Sheet Heavy Duty Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut60 minute
21Royal 112MX 12-Sheet Cross Cut Shredder Shreds CD's with ConsoleCross-Cut
22Swingline Paper Shredder, Junk Mail, 12 Sheet Capacity, Super Cross-CutCross-Cut4 minutes
23GBC Paper Shredder, 14 Sheet, Super Cross-Cut, Junk Mail, Credit Card, DVDsCross-Cut4 minutes
24Royal HD1400MX 14-sheet 60-minute Run-time Cross-cut ShredderCross-Cut60 minute
25Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Medium, Duty Cross-Cut ShredderCross-Cut20 minute
26Bonsaii EverShred C149-C 18-Sheet Heavy Duty Cross-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut60 minutes with 10-minute power off
27Fellowes 3825001 Powershred 225Ci 100% Jam Proof 22-Sheet Cross-Cut Cross-Cut60 minutes
28Royal 1840MX 18-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper ShredderCross-Cut40 minutes
29Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Paper ShredderCross-Cut30 minutes
30Fellowes Powershred 125Ci 100% Jam Proof 20 -Sheet Cross-Cut Commercial Grade Paper ShredderCross-Cut45 minutes
31Aurora JamFree AU2030XA 20-Sheet Crosscut-Cut Paper / CD / Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut60 minutes
32Boxis AF300 AutoShred 300-Sheet Micro Cut Paper ShredderMicro-Cut20 minutes
33Boxis AF110 AutoShred 110-Sheet Micro Cut Paper ShredderMicro-Cut20 minutes
34Bonsaii Paper Shredder, Super Micro Cut Micro-Cut240 minutes
35Bonsaii 4S23 8-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder P-5 Security, Thermal ProtectionMicro-Cut120 minutes
36ideal. 2445 High Security Continuous Operation Super Micro Cut Micro-CutNonstop
37Intimus 671154 Model 602SF High Security Paper Shredder Nonstop
38MBM DSH0503L DESTROYIT 4005 Centralized Office ShredderNonstop
39Aurora JamFree AU1235XA 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper / Credit Card ShredderCross-Cut5 minute
40Royal MC14MX 14 Sheet Micro Cut ShredderMicro-Cut
41Bonsaii EverShred 14-Sheet Cross-Cut Heavy Duty Paper ShredderCross-Cut30 minute
42GoECOlife GMC225Pi 22 Sheet Micro-Cut Paper ShredderMicro-Cut20 minutes
43HSM SECURIO AF150 L4 Micro-cut ShredderMicro-Cut45 minutes
44Fellowes AutoMax 550C 550-Sheet Cross-Cut Auto Feed ShredderCross-CutAutomatic and Nonstop
45HSM SECURIO AF300 L4 Micro-cut Shredder with automatic paper feedMicro-CutContinuous


Continuous Duty Motor

If the paper shredder is for office use or you have heavy usage of shredder on a regular basis. Cheap low shedding period (i.e. 3 to 15 Minutes continues shredding) shredder won’t work for you. Because in business operation can’t wait 30 to 60 minutes for cooling time. Most of the businesses need continuously running paper shredder that can run with less cooling time requirement.

Most of the businesses use a paper shredder having continuous duty motor. This type of motor is thermally protected. It is designed to disappear heat of the motor very quickly and allow the shredder to continue shredding. A shredder with a continuous-duty motor installed in it doesn’t need to be turned off for cooling down the motor.

How to fix overheated shredder

  1. The first solution is our practice of shredding. We keep piling of papers for shredding until it becomes really big. After that, we start shredding continuously and expect from shredder to shred all documents without getting overheating. In this scenario shredder is not the problem, our practice of shredding is wrong.
  2. Shred periodically so that each time the number of papers are less and the shredding time also according to the paper shredder’s capacity.
  3. Check the user manual of your paper shredder and see the duty cycle. What is the continuous-time shredding time recommended for your shredder? If you don’t find your paper shredder manual comment below we will help you to find the time recommended for your shredder.
  4. You should turn off your shredder and unplug it after every use. By this way, it will not accidentally start the paper shredder and continue to heat up after a shredding.
  5. It is advisable to wait even longer than the minimum cooling cycle. For example, if your paper shredder cooling cycle is for 30 minutes mentioned in it’s manual. Wait for 45 to 60 minutes to let the motor cool down. It will increase the efficiency of the paper shredder and it will work more during the shredding session.
  6. When paper shredder is turned off to cool its motor. Remove any obstacles in shredder which can slow down the cooling process of your paper shredder.

These are the most common solution which can be helpful to you to fix overheated shredder. Basically, you have to understand the machine first which type of motor is used in your paper shredder. What is the shredding time slot is suggested in the manual? And the most important is your shredding practice, it means that how much shredding work does you piled and start shredding.

I hope you have found useful to read this article. If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to ask in the comments. I will be happy to help you.

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