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Black & Decker SpaceMaker leaks badly.

We are on our third Black & Decker SpaceMaker. Each one has started leaking after about a year of service. I don't think we will get another one. We like the style, the coffee is good, and does not taste like plastic as it does with some coffee pots. But the leaking is a mess - all over the counter, running on the floor, not only very annoying, but probably hadazdous. Three times this has happened. We kept the receipt, called when it started leaking. They had us to cut off the cord and mail in in - which we did and they sent us another one. When that one started leaking after about a year, I bought another one - over my husbands objections. He was right. After 20 months of good service, it has developed a leak and pours all over the counter. You cannot get into the cabinet to find the problem. Weird screws that nobody has a tool to match. I am taking a hammer it to it this time.

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It has nothing to do with the spring or its tension. I have had 3 of these coffee makers now. Each on has started leaking water from the reservoir after some amount of time. If you carefully look at where the rubber washer/spring thing is, right above the hole where it goes in, you will see a small "crack" in the plastic that develops after repeated use of this coffee maker. That's where the water is coming from. Each one of the reservoirs I have had has developed this crack in the plastic right there. It is a design flaw. I will never buy one of these again.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010

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    Peter Bresler Nov 12, 2014

    The spring on the valve on the water reservoir was completely broken after about 3 years use. Replacing the spring solved the problem. You need to remove the rubber washer at the end of the plunger, remove the plunger and find a new spring that fits.

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I have not solved the leak as of yet but I suspect it has to do with the rubber washer/spring assembly at the bottom of the water reservoir. If it does not create a perfect seal, not only will the water leak, eventually, the water will not cycle thru the pot - where I am at now. As for getting the cabinet open, you need a number T15 Tamper Proof Torx bit. You can buy it for about $4 at NAPA auto parts. Ask for Ultrapro 67615.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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    So that's what the proper 'temper proof" torx bit is. To save yourself the driive down to NAPA and $4 just put an electric drillng into the the bottom of the torx screw hole's center and drill/reem out the tiny protruding metal bump, the an ordinary T15 bit will take out the screw just fine.

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The screws on mine are torx, size T15.Try that.

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This sounds like the infamous coffee basket spring issue. You don't say what model spacemaker you have but most of the recent models have had this problem. Watch the basket when you insert the carafe and see if it moves towards you. If it does then this solution applies to your problem.

The spring tension on the lever that places the gasket against the bottom of the basket to enable the sneak a cup feature is too strong. When you push the carafe in, sometimes it will move the basket outward, closing off the outlet hole on the bottom of the basket. The water and coffee then have no place to go but over the top of the basket and all over your kitchen rather than into the carafe.

Try removing and stretching the spring on the lever somewhat to weaken it's tension. If that doesn't solve the problem take the spring to ACE Hardware and see if they have a spring with the same diameter but made with thinner metal. It doesn't take much force to keep the lever open so a light tension on the spring will do just fine.

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