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Electric Drill Repair

Electric drills work under very dirty and dusty conditions, which can result in a few common problems. We are here to help you diagnose what that problem is, and provide easy to follow repair solutions to get your electric drill back up and running again. DIY repairs are not only self-satisfying but much cheaper and efficient than hiring someone. Let us walk you through the process.

Won't turn on
Reported 40% of the time
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If your electric drill won't turn on, not to worry, our experts have listed the most common parts that could be causing the issue. Use our repair guide to fix your drill yourself and have it running at peak performance again. Use your owner's manual for instructions on your model.
Excessive sparks from motor
Reported 10% of the time
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Are you experiencing excessive sparks from your motor? This can be alarming, but it is actually a common symptom. Let us walk you through the repair process by first narrowing down which part is causing the problem. Check the carbon brushes, holder, armature, springs, and field. Once you have the part figured out, read our expert technician's advice on how to complete the repair. Refer to your owner's manual for detailed information on your model.
Motor spins but chuck doesn't
Reported 10% of the time
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When the motor spins but the chuck doesn't in your electric drill, you'll want to inspect the gears, spindle, and shaft. Save on time and money and diagnose the issue using our expert repair guide. Reference your owner's manual for information on your particular model.
Bad vibration
Reported 7% of the time
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If your electric drill is experiencing bad vibration, this can make it very uncomfortable to handle. You will want to inspect the following parts for wear and tear: the bearings, spindle, gear, and drill chuck. Follow our repair guide for helpful tips on how to fix the problem yourself. Refer to your owner's manual for detailed instructions for your model.
Chuck won't hold bits
Reported 7% of the time
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If your chuck won't hold bits, check the following parts: the drill chuck, keys, and chuck screw. This should be an easy repair that you can do on your own, with some help from us. Once you know which part is causing the problem, check out our expert tips on how to complete the repair. Check your owner's manual for detailed instructions on your model.
Chuck is stuck open or closed
Reported 6% of the time
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If your chuck is stuck open or closed, check the drill chuck, key, and chuck screw for any obvious malfunction. Once you have pinpointed which part is causing the problem, take a look at the corresponding repair advice for instructions on how to complete a DIY repair. Check your owner's manual for complete instruction for your model.
Grinding or squealing sound
Reported 5% of the time
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If your electric drill is making grinding or squealing sounds, check these parts: the carbon brushes, gears, and bearings. This is a common problem, and we have provided a few simple solutions and repair advice to help you through your own DIY repair of this issue. Refer to your owner's manual for more specific advice regarding your model.
No reverse
Reported 4% of the time
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If your electric drill has no reverse, check the switch and actuator. Read on for repair advice and tips for how to fix your tool on your own. It might actually be a simple fix, and we can walk you through the process. Refer to your owner's manual for detailed instructions for your model.
No variable speed
Reported 3% of the time
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Does your cordless drill have no variable speed? Our experts narrowed down one of two parts as being the issue. Check your switch and carbon brushes for signs of malfunction. Once you have determined which part is causing the problem, take a look at the repair advice for how to fix it. Refer to your owner's manual for advice specific to your model.
Trips the power source circuit breaker
Reported 3% of the time
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If your electric drill trips the power source circuit breaker, check these parts: the power cord, switch, carbon brush, and extension cord. A circuit breaker trips, or shuts off, the electrical flow to protect the circuit from overheating and causing damage. This can also lead to an electrical fire. Before you turn the switch back on, take a moment to determine what is causing the breaker to shut off. Most common reasons are: overloaded circuit, short circuit, or a ground fault. If the drill keeps tripping the circuit breaker after checking the drill for a short circuit or a bad ground, then it is a good idea to use a different circuit or unplug an item on that circuit so you are not overloading it.
Smoke from tool
Reported 3% of the time
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Seeing smoke coming from your electric drill can be concerning, but not to worry, we have listed the most common parts associated with this problem. Check the following parts for signs of wear and tear: the carbon brushes, armature, motor, switch, holder, and field. Use our repair guide to do your own DIY repair. Your tool will be working at peak performance before you know it. Check your owner's manual for detailed instruction.
Motor gets hot
Reported 2% of the time
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If you notice your electric drill's motor gets hot, check the carbon brushes, armature, field, power cord, and bearings. Once you have determined which part needs to be replaced, check out our expert repair guide for tips on how to complete your own repair. Refer to your owner's manual for information specific to your model.

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