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Farberware 4 and 12 cup percolators stopped making good coffee

The two coffee makers are not old and they are not submerged in water when cleaning, however they both will not perk a normal pot of coffee anymore, it comes out looking like weak tea. at first if i let it cool down and re-perk, the coffee will be ok. now, that doesn't even work. Is there a replaceable thermostat or something in the base that can be replaced? OR do you have any further suggestions?

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  • jsmwardiv Nov 15, 2008

    I have two 12 cup percolators and just started experiencing the same problem. First the older one started - bought a new one and now the same thing.
    Luke warm not hot
    Thanks


  • mmw99 Jan 27, 2009

    My 4-cup Farberware percolator just started making weak coffee (it's about 20 years old but I love it, it was a gift from my mother). I really want to fix whatever's wrong. My 12-cup Farberware "spaceship" percolator is still perking along just fine.

  • bepeck Mar 19, 2009

    Sorry, mine has been kept shiny clean for the two years that I've owned mine. Still, weak tea colored coffee. I think the thermostat shuts down the brewing process too early. I can't find a replacement online. Model number FCP 412

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I thoroughly cleaned my 4-cup percolator by brewing a couple of pots of plain white vinegar and scrubbing the build-up from the bottom of the pot (and running a couple of plain water brews through the pot after all the cleaning). The percolator now brews hot, strong coffee again!

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USING YOUR PERCOLATOR
1.Wash the Percolator thoroughly before using for the first time.
(See "Cleaning Instructions" section in this manual.)

2.Remove Cover, Basket, Spreader and Pump Tube. Use cold, fresh
tap water to fill Percolator. Fill according to markings on inside
of Percolator for number of cups desired. Use cold tap water -
the automatic brewing cycle is timed to begin with a cold
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NOTE: The bottom of the Pump Tube Spring marks the maximum
capacity of the Percolator.

3.Wet Coffee Basket to help keep small particles of coffee from sift-
ing through. Place Basket on Pump Tube. Add desired amount of
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4.Place Pump Tube with Basket into Percolator so bottom of tube is
set into Center Well. Place Spreader on top of Basket and snap
Cover onto Percolator. Attach cord to Percolator and plug into
standard household 120 volt AC wall outlet. Brewing begins
within seconds and continues at a cup-a-minute speed

5.When coffee brewing is complete, percolating will stop. The
Percolator automatically switches to "KEEP WARM" setting to
preserve fresh-tasting coffee at hot, ready-to-serve temperature.
For best flavor, remove Coffee Basket, Spreader and Pump Tube
when brewing is completed.

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