I have a Black & Decker "Cup at a Time" coffee maker that will not make
a full cup of coffee. It will make about 3/4 of a cup and shut off with
still more water in the reservoir yet to be brewed. It also takes much
longer to brew the coffee than before. The coffee maker is not even two
years old, but I'm afraid it may be time to replace it unless I can
find suggestions on what may be wrong with it.
:I have a Black & Decker "Cup at a Time" coffee maker that will
: a full cup of coffee. It will make about 3/4 of a cup and shut
: still more water in the reservoir yet to be brewed. It also
: longer to brew the coffee than before. The coffee maker is not
: years old, but I'm afraid it may be time to replace it unless I
: find suggestions on what may be wrong with it.
: Any ideas?
2 Years? I think our record for a coffee pot like that is 9
months, and that was the last B&D we just tossed out.
It doesn't seem to matter what you pay; they don't even last a y
You know, that is not true. IF you buy a good coffee maker- it will
last. We've had our Cuisinart one for at least 4 years. Cost less
than $100, but it works like a charm- every single day.
I believe....you get what you pay for:), even in coffee makers.
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I've had a cheapo 4 cup Mr Coffee and used it every day for over 10
years and never had a problem with it. I clean it every three months or
so by running vinegar through it. It has more to do with luck than how
much you pay for it. Remember they used to say to never buy a car that
was manufactured on a Monday. Same make, same model manufactured on a
Wednesday was a different car. Many times you don't get what you pay for.
I'm with the others. Vinegar first, if that doesn't work - toss it.
They don't cost enough for me to even pull a cover looking for a loose
wire. That is assuming you don't have a high end 'yuppie' model.
I agree with others that coffee makers are generally pretty durable. Try
the vinegar routine. If that doesn't work, replace it if it's as cheap as my
$20 basic Braun ten cup job. If it's a fancy job worth repairing, look in
the bowels of the thing where the heater element is. There is a small
thermostat element wired in series with the main heating element. When no
more water is passing through the heater, the temperature rises and the
thermostat cuts off the power except for enough to provide warming of the
brewed coffee. Replacement thermostats should be available. Probably not
worth the trouble if it's a one cupper.
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