How Do I Fix the Solid Red Light on My Cricut Explore AIR 2?

Most Cricut Explore Air 2 machines come with a light on the side that can have different meanings depending on its color. A solid red light indicates an error has occurred and needs to be corrected. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help fix the solid red light on your Cricut Explore Air 2.

1. Restart your machine
The first step to fixing a solid red light on your Cricut Explore Air 2 is to restart it.

Simply turn the machine off and unplug it from power for at least 10 seconds before plugging it back in and turning it back on again. If this does not work, try restarting your computer as well.

2. Update software
If the issue persists after restarting your machine, check to make sure all of your software is up-to-date.

The Cricut Design Space app should be updated regularly to ensure that you have access to all of the newest features and cutting settings available. Check both the Design Space app and the firmware version of your machine by connecting it to a computer with a USB cable.

3. Clean cutting mats
Another potential cause of a solid red light on your Cricut Explore Air 2 could be dirty cutting mats or material stuck in the blades.

Make sure that all cutting mats are clean before beginning a new project, as dirt or dust can interfere with the blade’s performance. If you find that there is material stuck in the blade, use tweezers or a toothpick to carefully remove it.

4. Replace parts

If none of these steps resolve the issue, then you may need to replace certain parts of the machine such as the blade or drive housing unit (DHU). Contact Cricut’s customer service team for specific instructions on how to replace these components.


The most common cause of a solid red light on a Cricut Explore Air 2 is an error that needs correcting. To fix this issue, first try restarting both your machine and computer, then update any software if necessary, clean any cutting mats you may be using and finally consider replacing any damaged parts if necessary. With these steps, you should be able to get your Cricut Explore Air 2 back up and running again in no time!