I have a 50 cup coffee urn (not a name brand) and the heating element doesn't work. I've used it only a few times. What should I look for when I open it up to know if the element can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced? Any tips on how to repair this?
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Re: coffee urn heating element not working
There are 3 or 4 componants inside that could cause the problem.
if you can use an ohm meter, check all of them for continuity.
perk control fuse, or keep warm fuse
all should read "short " or almost 0 ohms when the unit is unplugged '
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HI. If the urn perked, it is not the main heating element, that leaves the keep warm element the problem. This element should be on all the time the pot is pluged in, you can get it at firstname.lastname@example.org for 8.00 and 2.00 S/H.Or go to ron622c on eBay Good luck. Ron
There are 3 common causes of lost perk that can be dealt with at home, and cause about 1/2 of the failures with these urns. They are very common when the pots are used rarely or carelessly cleaned after use, and when coffee is ground too fine for perc (drip grind is too fine for perc). As long as the pot is still heating, check these three things: 1) Clean the _inside_ of the hollow stem )that holds the basket and moves the water from the bottom of the pot to the top), to remove all grounds. You should be able to see clearly through it. 2) At the bottom of this stem there is a very small cup that has little holes in it and fits into the little well at the bottom of the pot. Make sure these are completely clear. 3) Scour out the little well so all residue/ grounds are removed and the little cup fits perfectly into the well.
It is the perfect fit of the two that allows the perc-ing cycle to occur.
If the pot is not heating, or these cleaning measures do not work, a local electric repair shop can probably do the repair for about 1/2 the cost of a new urn.
If this is a BUNN, the problem is the heating element is turned of by the switch on the side or the heating element is bad.
Feel the rear tank area of your unit. it should feel warm to the touch at all times that is is plugged in. The water must be up to temp to work properly.
Dear Pastor Jim
It sounds like both pots heating elements went out or are going out and need replaced! You didnt give the model numbers so I cant tell you the parts numbers to order! but if you go to the faberware website with the model numbers I am sure they can help you!
This should be an easy fix if you are the handy man type!
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If you have the L1350/155C, the manual states 1-1/4 cups coffee for 12 (5 oz) cups, for 30 cups use 3 cups coffee using standard measuring cups. Take the stem & filter out when the coffee has finished brewing so the bitter oils do not get into the coffee.
Check the spring under the grounds basket on the pump tube. This is supposed to hold the end of the tube down in the heater well. It should compress when the lid is pushed down on the basket and twisted to lock in under the handles. I have found a good source of parts for Faberware urns and percolators at goodmans.net. The thermostats and heating elements can be easily replaced and the urn returned to original condition. Rich of Colorado