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!
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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.
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I'm not sure whether you mean the charcoal filters or the basket filter for the coffee. I have the exact same basket that I bought years ago as a replacement for a different pot, so I doubt that would be a problem. You can try your local Walmart for the charcoal filters since this model was sold exclusive contract with that chain. Depending on the size of your Walmart, you might have to special order those. Otherwise, they are available at most super centers. Just as an added measure, you might want to try washing the filters and using a coarser coffee grind before you buy new ones.
I replaced my broken carafe on model: 169164 by purchasing a RIVAL 12 cup coffee maker PIL-HC08104 from WalMart for $10.24 and simply put my black handles on the new pot whaic had white handles. The pot appear to be exactly the same.
It's probably time for a good cleaning. Follow the procedure in the manual, or get some commercially available coffee maker cleaner. When the minerals build up enough, the water flow and heating is reduced enough to keep it all from passing through.
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If it failed after working a short while, the thermal fuse used in all drip coffee makers is frequently failing and we have had exactly the same experience with another brand. Our toxic Chinese friends are making crappy thermal fuses along with about everything else.
Replacing these is impractical since they are in a small metal case, pointed on one end with two coaxial leads permanently attached. Further, they are welded to wiring under the warming plate to the heating element. The area is too hot for solder and ceramic wire nuts have to be used to replace the fuse and these are tough to find anymore. Bypassing them is a really bad idea since I know of one case where the thermal switch that causes the machine to cycle, failed, the heating element melted through the aluminum plate on the bottom and set fire to a kitchen counter. With the cost of labor being what it is, hardly any of these drip coffee makers are worth repairing.