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GE coffee maker model # 169164 making too much steam, not coffee

Hello, I bought this coffee maker at Wal-Mart a few days ago, most of the time it just makes huge amounts of steam, from the drip head area. It acts as if it is out of water when there is lots of water in the tank.
It shoots steam 3 or 4 feet into the air, and boy, is it hot!

Thanks for any help.

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If you look at the bottom, you'll probably find 'China' on it.
The problem you are having normally doesn't show up for a couple of months after the lime has had a chance to roughen the ball in the check valve that makes up the pump. Your pump isn't pumping.
I suspect you have some particulate matter that has made its way to the primitive check valve and the ball is not moving freely as it should. The copious amount of steam you are getting is from the bit of water that makes it to the heating element before the (yet to fail) thermal switch that cycles the heater element.
If you have a clean turkey baster, you may be able to flush whatever crud there is in the water path through to the outlet over the coffee basket by sticking the tip into the water chamber's exit hole. We have a large veterinarian's hypodermic that does the job nicely when it is time to flush it again and soaking the water path with vinegar every few weeks overnight will help keep it pumping properly too.
If the flushing doesn't work, take it back before GE gets completely out of the appliance business.
(Whatever happened to Silex??)  

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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