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The caraffe lid must be on the Coffee maker while making coffee.
The lid pushes a opens the hut-of valve in the filter.
If the lid is not on the caraffe, the valve will prevent coffee from dripping out of the filter.
This is to prevent coffee leaking on the lower carafe heating element when you remove the caraffe to quickly pour some coffee. the water accumulates while you do this, so if the machine is still brewing, you should put the carafe with lid back in the cofee maker, to release the accumulated liquid in the filter.
your problem is the filter basket holder is not seated correctly or the carafe
is not completely inserted in the unit to push the brew pause lever up. The
brew pause feature which stops the coffee from going into the carafe when you
want a cup of coffee before the brew cycle is done. When you remove the carafe
a spring lever stops the coffee from dripping into the carafe. When the carafe
is inserted it must push the spring lever up to allow the coffee to flow into
the carafe. If it is not the coffee will overflow and make a mess. The filter
basket holder should be firmly seated in the unit so it will not have any play
in it. Cuisinart recommends using a vinegar and water mixture but BrewRite
Cleaner (Sodium Carbonate) available in the coffee section at Wallmart, Kamart
and Target is fantastic. You can clean your carafe with BrewRite Cleaner and hot
water by letting it soak a few minutes and rinsing. I will also clean your
filter basket holder by soaking it as well and all your coffee residue will be
gone with no scrubbing.
Most modern coffee pots have a feature in them to keep you from spilling coffee all over the place when you want to take a cup of coffee before they finish brewing. It sounds like you are having some issues with yours.
Basically, the way they work is that there is some sort of gasket (rubber disk) that has a lever/spring mechanism that plugs the way out of the filter basket when there isn't a coffee pot under the filter basket. They are designed so that the lid of the coffee pot pushes up on part of the mechanism and forcing the little gasket open. (You can generally figure it out pretty easily by fiddling with it.) It sounds like you may not be assembling the lid on the pot completely (this model has a lid where the dome sticks up) or may be missing the lid all together. It's also possible that a piece of packing material may be clogging this or the gasket could be stuck shut, maybe with dried coffee.
One sign that the assembly is working properly is there is just a little bit of resistance (not very noticable) when you first start putting to pot in place and it makes a clicking/thunking noise when the pot fully seats.
The two most common reasons for overflow have to do with the carafe lid and the filter basket - they key to smooth flow with this coffee maker is making sure the filter basket and carafe lid are making the proper contact with each other so that the center knob on the carafe lid pushes slightly up on the filter basket spring. Make sure the carafe lid is completely closed. Make sure the filter basket is pushed all the way down. Make sure you are not using the gold tone filter and a paper filter at the same time. For some reason, I get better results when the handle of the carafe is resting against the right side wall. If everything is in place, I would suspect a problem with either the filter basket being clogged or some problem with the carafe lid - call Cuisinart as they should be able to order these parts for you.
Firstly I found you a user manual located here http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/cuisinart/DGB300.pdf
Also I located this customer care and spare parts site for you, direct to cuisinart and they have a customer care help line im sure they can get your part for you
Tel 0870 240 6902
they are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Hope that is helpful
This is a design flaw and can be corrected by enlarging the lid spout. First remove the plastic lid. Then use a fine grinder or sandpaper to remove approximately 1/8 inch of plastic from the lid spout. Follow the exact same contour of the oval spout. However, do not take off so much material that you disturb the small plastic tabs that hold the lid to the pot. Finish by slightly rounding the edges where the material was removed with fine sandpaper. No leaks - no drips.
Be sure to not overfill the reservoir. Look at the back where the lid hinge is and you will see that the opening is lower then what the tank looks like it can be filled to. Had the same problem and stopped it by being a little more careful when I filled it.
Unplug for 20 minutes or longer to reset. Make sure the lid is on the caraffe, or the brew basket will be stuck in the closed position. If the water still won't go through, consider ordering a new brew basket, because yours might have a faulty spring.
Just bought a DCC-1200 from Goodwill for 4.95. Looks brand new. Would heat up and sputter but nothing comming through to the pot. Removed botton with T-10 torx driver. Remove hose with check valve in it. TYou can squeeze the hose about an inch down and feel it to determine which hose its in. Pushed the valve out with a screw driver over a towl so if the little ball fell out I wouldnt loose it. There was a small wad of yelllow paper clogging the valve. Removed it. Reassembled and it works great.