Hi, My West Bend 33600 coffee pot heats up only 170 degrees. Should it be hotter? It has two thermostats a P170-97 and a P139-97. Why two thermostats? Is one not allowing it to heat up high enough?
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Re: West Bend 33600 heats to 178 degrees
Im sure one of the thermostats is a high heat thermostat but more than likely the element is covered with lime, I would put some diluted "Lime Away" and let it soak for a few hours then drain it and run clear water through it three of four times.
If this doesn't work for you then I would change the high heat thermostat.
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Possibly a short in your power cord. Try plugging into a different outlet before replacing the cord. Also make sure the contacts where you plug the cord into the coffee pot are clean and not loose/broken.
According to West Bend, not cleaning it, especially the heating unit well, will cause this. Here's the link for your manual. Go to page 3. This manual covers 3 models, including #33600. http://www.manualslib.com/manual/189911/West-Bend-13500.html#manual
There is an o-ring that is in there to seal keep the seal between the spout and the level. However, that seal is not available as an individual piece from West Bend. The spout and level come complete as one unit.
Had a little problem loosening the nut from the heating element, but once I got it off, cleaned all parts , went to an auto supply store and was lucky to find the right size gasket ( it was a part for a Nissan auto ) , used Permatex silicone gasket sealer, put all parts together, tightened the nut real tight, made all electrical connections, tested the pot with water, heated up real fine , no leaks , Problem solved.