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BUNN VPR Overheating

I have a Bunn VPR that overheats consistently. Water will bubbling out the top and through the spray heads after it has been on for about 15 minutes.

Any thought would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Thermostat is either bad or your heating element is bad. Check both and also check for calcium and lime build up

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