why does my instant pot say burn

why does my instant pot say burn

My Instant Pot Is Saying ‘Burn’ – What Does it Mean?

Have you ever wondered why your Instant Pot says ‘burn’? This is an alarm message letting you know that the pressure cooker has detected too much heat. In this article, we’ll look at what causes this message to pop up and how you can do to fix it.

Why Does the ‘Burn’ Message Arise?

The warning ‘burn’ on your Instant Pot is usually an indication of an overheating condition caused by:

  • Not enough liquid: Because pressure cookers need enough liquid to generate steam, having too little liquid won’t be able to do so — causing the heater to overheat.
  • Hot spots: Pressure cookers with hot spots, which refer to areas that heat up faster, will also cause the heater to overheat.
  • Clogged steam release valve: The steam release valve allows steam to escape the pressure cooker, so it’s important to make sure it’s clear and unclogged. Otherwise, too much steam will be built up and the pressure cooker will overheat.

What to Do When You Get a ‘Burn’ Alarm

It’s important to address the ‘burn’ alarm message on your Instant Pot to prevent any further damage to the cooker or food. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Turn off the cooker and let the pressure release on its own until the float valve goes down.
  • Open the pot and check the contents to see if it has any dry spots or bits. If so, add more liquid and stir it.
  • For hot spots, check that the inner pot is not too close to the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  • The last step is to check the steam valve for any clogs.


If your Instant Pot is giving you the ‘burn’ message, it’s usually a sign of an overheating condition. To fix it, double-check that there’s enough liquid in the pot, that it’s free of any hot spots, and that the steam valve isn’t clogged. Doing these steps will help you get rid of any ‘burn’ messages on your Instant Pot.