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Problem Water Flow in the Cusinart EM-100 Model

Water is flowing through the hole close to the removable drip tray when the large function knob is in the off position and the power button is on. I have not been able to stop water flowing through that hole even with the large knob in the off position. How can I solver this problem?

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I might have answered this one already, but:
Confirm one more time that the knob is lined up with the "o" in the middle - if it is leaning even slightly toward the coffee cup icon or the water/steam icon, water may come forth.

If the knob is perfectly in the middle, then the calibration is probably off (although I can think of one other possibility). Rather than deal with an expensive and warranty-voiding repair, I would just call Cuisinart - that unit has a three-year warranty, and I believe every single one of the EM-100's was introduced less than three years ago. Just write down the serial number that is on the bottom of the espresso maker, and call up Cuisinart - no receipt will be required as the serial number will almost invariably be enough in this case. If you live outside of California, you will have to pay for shipping - probably about $25 all together. But you will be getting a brand-new unit in return.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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