Question about Mr. Coffee FTXSS23GTF Coffee Maker
The plastic tubes inside coffee makers will crack or split over time, especially in models like Mr. Coffee DWX20, causing a leak or pool of water under the maker while brewing. The tubes are fairly easy to access and replace, but PVC plastic tubing from the local hardware store will not do the job. You need food & medical grade silicon tube with a high temperature rating of around 500 deg F = 250 deg C. One-foot lengths can be bought inexpensively on EBay. I installed this replacement tubing in my home and work coffee makers many years ago and have not had a leak problem since.
Unplug the power cord to the coffee maker and turn it upside down. Remove the retaining screws and take off the base. You should see one or two tubes held in place with wire hose clips, probably blackened at the ends with age.
Use pliers to ease the clips off the tubes and on to the metal pipe ends to which they are attached. Pry the tubes off the pipes with a flat screwdriver. They may be stuck on, so you may have to slice into the tube ends lengthwise with an exacto knife blade. If so, be careful not to damage the metal pipe below. Cut the tube in half where it is in good condition and measure the inside diameter.
The thickness of the new tube wall needs only to be 1/16 inch, so if the old tube was 3/8 inch inside diameter, buy silicon tube that matches it and with an outside diameter of 1/2 inch.
Cut the tube to the correct length to replace the old one, massage it on to the metal pipe ends, and ease the metal clips back into place. Replace the coffee maker base.
Your coffee maker might bubble and sing slightly louder than before while brewing, but that is because it is happy with its new tubing which is probably a thinner wall, higher quality, and more flexible than the original.
Posted on Dec 17, 2013
Why even mess around with a leaky coffee pot? Just buy a new one theres a ton of garage sales if a new one is not in your budget. I noticed the same thing a little leak and as soon as it would start to brew....I also thought I was just spilling water around the heat plate. After a few weeks of wiping the heat plate I decided to invest in something enjoyable.
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
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