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It fills the pot very slow - how do you clean it?

When we pour the water in and the coffee starts filling in the pot the flow is very minimal - slow. How do you clean these?

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  • sstigger Nov 12, 2008

    I appreciate the help but yes there is a holding tank with water that is already hot - that is how you get coffee in 3 minutes. I cannot put CLR in because it will be in the holding tank too long.

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Please remove the brew basket then spin off the 6 hole spray head... soak it in Citric acid,vinegar or clr. Also check the holes are clear from lime stone... If the tank is limed up you make need to remove the top nuts and syphon tube<<< check the tube for narrowing inside due to hard water buildup...Also check inside the tank resevoir for loose scale and remove..soak the inside of the tank with a solution mix of clr or citric acid and hot water for a time.... rinse well then reassemble.. NOTE: It is advisable to replace worn gaskets,seals, themistor and check the thermostat for correct funtion. Also , if you can get a deliming spring... you can sometimes loosen the particles inside the tube and outlet of the tank...when done using these springs please run one clear opt of water through the unit with the spray head removed to ensure all particles ar out of the the tube and will not repl,ug the spray head... when done replace the cleaned sprayhead, let the machine reheat and have at er!!

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  • troy Dec 09, 2008

    Forgive my typos please...type way too fast..lol



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Hello tigger, You should be able to get a ipe cleaning brush at a fish/pet shop. Then apply it somewhat like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJSh1f6KHWw

i look forward to your post.

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  • Eeeeeeeeeekz Nov 12, 2008

    CLR is good but make sure you flush it real good before you start drinking the water (hense its poisoness)

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There is also some chemical to flush thriufh a cycle called C.L.R. IT IS FOR CALCIUM LIME AND RUST ALOT OF HARD WATER DEPOSITS COME IN OUR DRINKINK WATERS.THE USE DISTILLED WATER AFTER YOU ARE FINISHED AND IT WILL NOT CLOG AS FAST

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I had the same issue, poured in 8 and out came 6. Here's what I did to clean and fix.
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4) Snap off the entire top cover (not the swing lid) by starting at the front and lifting upward (the top cover is about 1/4" thick). The back of the top cover will pivot a bit and then pop off exposing the pour reservoir. Remove the flow stopper inside the pour reservoir by lifting it straight up.
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I had the same issue, poured in 8 and out came 6. Here's what I did to clean and fix.
1) Unplug the NHB
2) Remove accessories like the pot and basket
3) Bring NHB over to the sink
4) Snap off the entire top cover (not the swing lid) by starting at the front and lifting upward (the top cover is about 1/4" thick). The back of the top cover will pivot a bit and then pop off exposing the pour reservoir. Remove the flow stopper inside the pour reservoir by lifting it straight up.
5) Place the top cover and flow stopper aside.
6) Remove the brew diffuser (located underneath the top where the brew basket goes. Twist counterclockwise gently but forcefully enough to snap it past the lock tabs which hold it in place. You'll know that it you've done this correctly when it just falls out.
7) Still over the sink, tip the NHB in a fashion where the back side is facing upward and the brew side is facing down into the sink. You'll be holding the NHB horizontally by the top and bottom of the unit. This will allow any water in the tank to pour out the brew spout. Begin to tip the unit as if tipping upside down as this will allow any remaining water to drain out. If this does not work the brew spout hose may be clogged and you can just tip the unit entirely upside down to empty it from the fill hole in the pour reservoir.
8) Return the NHB to the upright position in the sink.
9) Using a scotch brite sponge and some baking soda, clean the inside of the pour reservoir and rinse.
10) Using the tool Bunn provided, clean out the brew spout hose which is located under the brew hat. This is the little hole where the water comes out. If you don't have the tool Bunn provided you could use something like a plastic tie-wrap. Don't use anything metal as the hose you're cleaning is made of plastic tube and could become punctured. Clean this hose for just a minute or two to ensure that there are no significant obstructions.
11) With the NHB upright in the sink, pour a slow stream of hot water from the faucet, about two cups, directly into the fill hole located in the pour reservoir.
12) Tip the unit horizontally, as in step 7, and place the tip of your finger over the pour reservoir fill hole covering it completely.
13) Shake the unit back and forth horizontally so the water in the tank splashes around and frees anything which may be built up in the tank. Some water may splash out of the brew spout hose.
14) Tip the unit as in step 7 to drain the tank water out.
15) Fill a 16 ounce glass with hot water and 2tbsp baking soda, mix and pour into the pour reservoir fill hole.
16) Repeat steps 13 and 14 once.
17) Repeat steps 11 through 14 three times.
18) Clean the pour reservoir cover, swing lid and flow stopper.
19) Put the flow stopper back in place.
20) Attach the top cover.
21) Clean the exterior of the NHB.
22) With the boil and warmer switches off, plug the NHB into the electrical outlet.
23) Turn the boil and warmer plate switches on.
24) Fill the NHB with one pot of cold water and close the swing lid. Wait one minute.
25) Fill the NHB with another pot of cold water. Place the pot on the warmer plate and close the swing lid. If water does not yet come out, fill with one more pot of water.
26) Allow water to drain from brew spout until it stops draining.
27) Empty pot.
28) Fill pot to 10 cup line and pour into the NHB. You should find that the NHB now delivers 10 cups back to the pot. Empty the pot.
29) Clean brew spout diffuser and replace back in the brew hat.
30) Clean the pot, pot lid and brew basket.
31) Wait ten minutes for the water in the tank to boil.
32) Brew your coffee as you normally would.

The only issue I experienced during this process was with the warmer plate switch. It appeared that the light in the switch blew although the warmer plate still warmed normally. Shortly after the water in the tank started boiling the warmer switch light started operating again.

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