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How to Fix A Coffee Maker: A No-Tears Guide

  • 16 Jan 2022 10:15
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How to Fix A Coffee Maker: A No-Tears Guide

A good cup of coffee is the best way to start your day. There is nothing more disappointing than when you try to make your cup of coffee and get an electrical buzzing. This makes you realize that you don't know how to fix a coffeemaker!

It may seem tempting to throw out your coffee maker in despair. There's a way around it. Repairing coffee machines is easy and usually requires only a few tools. We'll show you how to do it in this article.

This guide will help you to understand the causes of your coffee maker problems and provide quick solutions. We'll also demonstrate how your coffee maker works. Coffee makers can come in many different designs, so be aware that they may not work the same. It is highly recommended to have the instructions manual with your coffee maker around as a reference.

These solutions can be used to help you determine what to look out for and how to fix your coffee maker. But make sure to verify what applies to your machine!

How does a coffee maker work?

Coffee makers are small appliances that can brew coffee from freshly ground coffee beans.

Two types of coffeemakers are very popular:

1. Drip Coffee Maker

This coffee maker drips hot coffee through the grounds and into the pot, as its name implies.

2. Percolator Coffee Maker

The coffee maker heats water to steam, which is pushed up through a tube and then through the coffee basket and into the main compartment.

Switches are used to control the electricity and timers in both percolator and drip coffee makers.

Coffee Maker Components

Despite its simplicity, a coffeemaker can still break down and become inoperable. These components include:

  • Timers
  • Thermostat
  • Switches
  • An electric cord
  • Heating element

It is possible that your coffee maker may have fuses that cut off power to prevent any damage. If you are looking to replace your coffee maker, this feature is also important.

Problem and solution: The Tips

  • Your coffee maker doesn't turn on.

First, check that your coffee maker is turned on. Also, make sure that the thermostat, internal fuse, and electrical cord are working properly. These parts may need to be replaced due to wear and tear.

  • Your coffee maker is turned on, but it pushes too slowly.

If the coffee maker turns on but is not pushing out enough water, check the tube for debris, minerals, or gunk. Then clean it as necessary.

  • The coffee maker doesn't heat up.

If the coffee maker does not heat up, you should test the heating element and appliance controls. Before you touch the valve or coiled wire, make sure it is turned off.

  • Leakage in your coffee maker

Check for leaks by checking the gaskets and seals. These may also need to be replaced.

How to fix a coffee maker: Disassemble, inspect, replace and test

The goal is to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee at your end of the endeavor. If you burn your fingers, that won't be possible! Safety should always be your first priority before you touch anything on your coffeemaker!

Step 1: Turn off your coffeemaker and let it cool down.

Step 2: Drain the water from your coffeemaker. This step is important. Take your time.

Step 3: Take apart your coffee maker. This process will differ for different types of coffee makers, due to the differences in the parts. The repair process is the same for both types.

Drip Coffee Maker Assembly

  • Take out the basket, coffee pot, and water reservoir.
  • Turn the machine upside down and take out all screws holding the case halves together. The heating element and controls can be lifted from the top.
  • Examine each area and determine if there is a problem.
  • You should reconnect any wires that are not connected. Follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions to get rid of any debris or gunk. If the parts are in good condition, reassemble them and move on to the next step.
  • Test the machine after it is reassembled.
  • Use a VOM or multimeter to test the heating elements, as well as the timer and switch. Replace any heating elements that aren't functioning properly if they are. This step can be done by you, with online tutorials available. Or you can hire a professional technician.
  • Reassemble the basket, pot, and water reservoir, and then test your coffee maker.

Percolator Coffee Maker Disassembly

The process is the same as for a drip coffee machine, but the percolator might have different parts that you need to inspect. To inspect the heating element, and controls, you will need to remove the base.

Although this may seem tedious, it is possible. It is cheaper to replace the major part of a coffeemaker than to purchase a new one.


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