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Mr Coffee stopped brewing

My Mr Coffee model FTX41 stopped working a few days back. It acts like it is going to brew but the coffee slowly drips out and it takes forever for the whole pot to finish. Also, the coffee tastes terrible once it is finally done. I've tried to run only water through in case there was a clog but no such luck... Is my machine dead?

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  • melissazambr Jan 30, 2009

    Very helpful!

    I am certain the basket is clean.

    I will try the vinegar flush next.

    If that doesn't help are there any other options?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    The water receptacle doesn't completely drain when making coffee

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Sounds like there are a couple of problems -

First, are you certain that the coffee basket is clean? If the coffee basket has a valve on the bottom that allows you to remove the carafe to pour a cup of coffee, make sure the valve is clean. Being dirty would cause it to trickle coffee slowly into the carafe, and will hold coffee in the basket too long.

2nd, you may need to flush the water heating system as they can become corroded with precipitated solids from the water.
To do this, mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in the carafe. Pour into the coffee maker and tell it to make coffee. Do this a couple of times, using a fresh mix of vinegar and water each time. Pour the used mixture down the drain.
When you feel it is clean, follow it up with a fresh pot of water. Then wash and rinse the carafe.

The coffee maker is now ready for it's next use.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • Mark Egan Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks for the kudo!

    No, when they get clogged up like that, they're hard to clean. At some point, you have to decide it's not worth the time to keep jacking with it, and go buy a new one.


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