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My cuisinart coffee maker leaks

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Chrome Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker. It leaks from inside when used and I want to fix it or throw the dam thing away. I have to set it on a towel to absorb the water when i want to use it. I don't find this unit particularly user friendly either---the water level indicator is not easily read, condensation on the inside of the lid from the last brew drips behind the maker onto counter when the lid is opened to make fresh coffee---if I want to add a little more water to unit to top off my cup, while unit is still on, I will get a blast of steam/ hot water in my face. not good !!??

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  • fayegeo Jan 02, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem,,leaking,,is there anyway this can be fixed.

  • Rosemary
    Rosemary Jan 20, 2014

    I'm searching for a fix for these very same problems. The leaky valve is especially annoying.

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1. Purchase (1) a couple of feet of 3/8" ID by 5/8" OD temperature resistant silicone tubing from a beer/wine-making supplier, or online through Ebay, and (2) a couple of hose clamps big enough for the tubing.

2. Unplug the coffee maker and turn it upside down on some old newspaper.

3. Using a T10 Torx screwdriver, remove the 4 screws that attach the the bottom plate of the coffee-maker, and remove the bottom plate.

4. Unclamp the two orange/red hoses from the C-shaped heater, and carefully pull/remove the other end of the two hoses. One hose is a water intake hose from the water tank to a C-shaped heater element, while the other hose is water outlet hose that goes from the C-shaped heater element to the sprinkler assembly.

5. Carefully remove the small plastic stop check valve from the water inlet hose end close to the C-shaped metal water heater; and take care to not drop/lose the little round plastic ball inside the plastic stop/check valve, while noting which way the stop-check valve is oriented in the hose.

6. Cut two pieces of your food-grade / temperature resistant silicone tubing that are the same length as the old hoses.

7. After reinstalling the stop-check valve in the new inlet hose/tubing, reinstall the two sections of hose/tubing, and use two hose clamps to attach the new tubing to the C-shaped water heater.

N.B. Remember that the stop check valve s/b oriented such that hot water in the C-shaped heater element can't go back to the water tank.

7. The ends of the hose that attach to the C-shaped metal water heater s/b clamped, while the other ends just push onto the water tank and sprinkler assembly with a with a little pushing and twisting.

See http://www.cocosvariety.com/2011/11/fixing-cuisinart-coffee-maker-alternate.html , as that is the original information source for this posting and the image below. i.e. Credit goes to Coco's Variety !.

Also, in the image below, the hose on the left is the water inlet hose, while the hose on the right is the water outlet hose.

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Cuisinart – leaking from bottom
There is a tube inside that is melted, damaged - cannot get this part from manufacturer. I would call Cuisinart to see if you are still in warranty.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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Looks like you could swap the two hoses or swap ends to put the still soft hose end on the element nipple. As stated there is a check valve however that must be removed/reinstalled or repositioned for proper flow. I used a wooden dowel to shove it through.

I found a spare piece of hose of the right type, but figure it's destined to fail as well. Unlike some others, we are only getting a few months out of these hoses, not years like some have stated. We do use it a lot though.

I intend to find a piece of flexible water line with a 3/8 id. Somebody must make a supply line in this size although you might have to chop off the connectors. That way you have "food grade" and I would assume since it can be used for hot water it is heat resistant.

Also a really clever sort could probably cut off the hard end and extend the length by installing a nipple of some sort in the center of the shortened hose.

Just some ideas, hope it helps.

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