If you’ve just made the switch from regular pressure cookers to an Instant Pot, you might have a few questions about them. No one can immediately get the hang of using an Instant Pot when it’s their first time trying one, so please don’t worry.
It would be best if you had time to learn about what to do, which buttons to press, and which ones to not. You’ll need to learn more about the answers to all these questions if you want to get the hang of using your Instant Pot.
One of the most popularly asked questions regarding Instant Pots is whether they should make a noise.
Is an Instant Pot Supposed to Make a Noise?
Instant Pots are basically pressure cookers (only better, in our opinion!), so there will be a certain amount of noise made by the steam created during the cooking process.
The main task of an Instant Pot is to serve as a more convenient replacement for pressure cookers. As you may know, pressure cookers are bound to make noise at certain times, which is the case for these pots.
To put it simply, some types of noises coming from your Instant Pot are normal, while others can indicate damage or other harmful effects of some sort.
More details about these noises are given below, along with whether or not they are harmful.
This is why you’ll usually have nothing to worry about if your Instant Pot is making a hissing sound when you’re trying to cook something inside of it.
However, there can be a problem if the hissing continues for an excessive amount of time and becomes continuous. This will mean that the pot is releasing too much steam, so it will not build enough pressure to cook the food quickly.
In this case, there is likely some problem with the sealing aspect of the pot if it continues to hiss for long periods of time. The gasket that seals the lid could be damaged, while it is also possible that it is simply not seated properly.
It is recommended that you immediately start troubleshooting if your Instant Pot keeps hissing for long amounts of time. First, check if the seal is cracked or torn.
Also, check that it is correctly positioned on the pot. Finally, check for food debris on it that may be breaking the seal. Many online tutorials will show you how to check. Once you find the problem, get rid of it, and you’ll be able to stop your pot from excessively hissing.
It is recommended that you immediately stop using the Instant Pot if it starts beeping at any time. A beeping noise usually indicates a major problem that could be dangerous.
An Instant Pot only beeps when it is starting to overheat. When this happens, the issue could likely result in some permanent damage.
This is why you should immediately remove the Instant Pot from the heat source to prevent it from heating the pot any further. Please wait for it to completely cool down before opening it.
There are multiple reasons why the pot might overheat. The most common reason is a lack of liquid. Your Instant Pot will begin to overheat if there isn’t enough liquid inside of it.
This is why you should make sure that you never add anything lower than the recommended amount of liquid which is one cupful. You will need more if you are cooking something that absorbs water like rice or pasta.
A way to prevent further overheating is to quickly cancel any task that the pot was performing. After you have done so, activate the quick-release button to get rid of steam and allow the Instant Pot to cool down.
This noise also symbolizes trouble, as Instant Pots don’t usually shake under normal circumstances. Pressure cookers, including Instant Pots, usually start shaking when there is too much pressure inside them.
This happens when the valve isn’t able to release enough pressure in time. The pot will make a rattling type of sound when it starts to shake.
It is recommended that you cancel any processes when the pot starts to shake and release the pressure inside by using the quick-release button. If it doesn’t release, leave the pot to cool down completely before proceeding.
Clicking noises usually do not indicate a dangerous problem. They are usually caused by water on the outside surface of the inner pot when it comes into contact with the electrical part of the machine.
To prevent this, ensure that the outer surface of the inner pot is thoroughly dry before assembling the pot. Other clicking noises probably indicate that the machine’s safety features are busy regulating the pressure. Therefore, they are nothing to worry about.
As you can see, it is both normal and unusual for your Instant Pot to be making noise.
In the end, whether or not your pot should be making noise comes down to the type of noise in question. For example, hissing is a normal sound, but any other sounds such as beeping or rattling can indicate a problem. Good luck and be safe!