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http://www.fantes.com/coffee-filters.html According to this link and others, we need to use a #4 filter. I placed my old #2 cone filter in this machine (I just bought it tonight) and it is short about one inch...so the next step up would be a #4. The bottem of the basket that comes out, would lead one to believe it is a cone shape cone. You can also opt for a perminent gold cone filter. But, use the paper one first to be sure of the size. I am getting #4 tomorrow and test this machine out. It has mixed reviews on line. Coffee Maker is the brand name and I only see it sold at Home Depot from my on line searches. Good luck....blkqueentech at yahoo dot com
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.
Coffee overflowing onto the counter is a common complaint found in response to many automatic drip coffee makers. The following are potential solutions that can be used to rule out "operator error" vs. a defect or malfunction:
1. Do not "pack" or otherwise overfill the cone/basket with grinds.
2. Ensure you are using the correct grind for an automatic drip coffee maker, neither too fine nor too course. (See instruction manual.)
3. Do not overfill with water. Use the carafe to pour water into the reservoir. This is because a "cup" in coffee terms is defined as 6 oz, not 8 oz. Note: Some coffee makers define as little as 5 oz as a cup.
4. Make sure the filter cone/basket clicks into place and that the carafe is centered and pushed all the way in.
5. Try a permanent filter rather than a paper filter or vice versa.
6. Only use the correct permanent or paper filter (see manual).
7. Verify that the Pause 'n Serve button isn't sticking. If it is activated too long the brew will escape over the top of the cone/basket. This may be more apt to happen if the alignment of the carafe and the basket is incorrect.
8. Clean your machine with vinegar or as instructed by your user manual at least three times per year, more if your water supply is hard. A properly cleaned machine is less likely to suffer a burned out heating element, to take too long to brew, to produce "off" tasting coffee, or to clog and overrun the filter basket as the water runs through the grinds.
9. Ensure that the coffee machine is sitting level on the counter.
After endless online searches yielding the same results (nothing useful), I figured out how to reset this coffee maker.
While coffee maker is plugged in and the evil little blue light is mocking you relentlessly, press and hold the 1-4 button and the TSB button simultaneously for 3 seconds or so. This will cause the device to exit it's error status and allow normal use of it.