Question about Simplehuman Single Cup Pod Brewer Brushed Steel Coffee Maker
About 4 weeks ago I descaled my coffee brewer as I usually do (it's about 5 years old) and cleaned all the filters etc. I have since brewed about 40 cups of coffee with no problems at all. Yesterday, It started to deliver only 1/4 cup of coffee (about 3oz) instead of the usual full cup (8oz). I have not pressed the 5oz button by mistake, although I have tried it on 5oz to see if it made any difference... it didn't. Not only delivering a poxy amount of coffee - it is also dumping hot water into the reservoir - possibly more than I am actually getting in coffee! I have removed the springy pod holding filter and cleaned that again - no issues... rooted around in the outlet hole and there was no obstruction there. I havent a clue how to get into the main casing - although I might as well give that a try and it's way out of warranty. I just want to know if there is a fix for this? If not, I will tinker around under the hood and see if I can get it to work or throw it away. Its a shame as I love it :( plus I also have 18 boxes of pods left over too... So, any suggestions? Are there any parts available or repairers anywhere for these machines? Maybe I should descale it again and see if it dislodges a large chunk of gunk? Any ideas welcome!
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Posted on Aug 14, 2010
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Cleaning & descaling your Keurig brewer is an important step to enjoying the best tasting coffee and keeping your brewer in good shape for years.
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How often you need to do it depends heavily on how often you use your brewer and how "hard" your local water is ("hard" meaning how many minerals are in it). I try to do this 3-4 times a year.
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Open the top of your brewer and remove the K-cup holder. CAUTION: There's are two sharp needles in there. Be careful.
The cup holder is dishwasher safe. You can toss it in the dishwasher if you want. Otherwise a good rinse under warm running water is usually good. There's a sharp needle in here, so be careful.
Turn the cup holder over and ensure these holes at the bottom are free of any obstruction.
The drip-tray is removable. Give it a good clean either by hand or in the dishwasher.
The upper portion of the K-cup holder also has a needle. This needle has three holes in it. Insert a straightened paper clip into each hole to remove any buildup or obstructions.
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Here's a close up: There's nothing you can break in here, so use some force and get that paperclip a good inch in and wiggle it around vigorously. Repeat this for the two other holes in the needle.
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Use a damp, soft cloth to wipe away any coffee grinds or water stains in and around the cup holder area, and down the front of the brewer.
Be careful of that needle inside when wiping it down.
Put the K-cup holder back in the chamber. Make sure it's the right way around by aligning the arrows at the top of the holder.
Empty the water in the brewer's external reservoir.
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Refill the reservoir with undulated white vinegar and replace on your brewer.
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Run four large cup brew cycles. DO NOT use a K-cup, just run it empty . Dispose of the hot vinegar after each. This pushes the vinegar through the inside heating tank as well as all the valves inside.
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Leave your brewer to stand, powered on for four hours. This allows the vinegar time to break down any build up in the tubes and valves inside the brewer.
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Discard any leftover vinegar then refill the reservoir with water only.
Run large cup cycles until "Add Water" is displayed on your brewer's screen. This washes out all traces of vinegar from the insides of the system.
If you notice a vinegar-like smell or taste to the water coming out of your brewer, refill the reservoir with water a second time and run hot water cycles until empty.
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Congratulations!! Your Keurig brewer is now clean and your ready to enjoy full cups of delicious coffee for months to come!
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