KitchenAid Stand Mixer - Can I Fix This Myself?
I've had my mixer for about 15 years and recently I've noticed that the paddle is no longer close enough to the bottom of the work bowl to properly mix the ingredients. I compensate for this by lowering the work bowl and using a spatula to incorporate the mixture at the very bottom of the bowl, then resuming the mixing. I seem to recall this can be fixed by making an adjustment somewhere.
Does anyone know about this? If the adjustment can be made, can/should I do it myself or leave it to the professionals?
Yes, there's an adjustment screw for that. I'm not sure where it is on the lifting-bowl models, but if you Google "beater screw adjustment kitchenaid" (without the quote marks) you'll find it.
Yes, (After you unplug your mixer), take off the bowl and lift the mixing head, you will see the screw on the back (the part that connects the mixing head to the bowl), on the inside.
Kitchenaid's user manuals have the exact and easy instructions how to do this, and you can view and download all their manuals on their website, at the Support link :).