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Pour 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar into it and with the basket empty hit brew. Watch the lime and scale build up come out of it. Initially it will look like small rocks but they will further break down in the pot. Upon completion run 2 additional pots of fresh water through it. If it is still slow repeat the process.
Try running a mixture of 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar in a pot of water then flush with pots of cold water until no more vinegar odor. This immediately breaks through hard water scale buildup. You may also have a bad seal if it is leaking. You can get a repair kit from Mr. Coffee or if you have a Bunn, they have lifetime guarantee. You can return for repair, or request repair kit by contacting them
It probably needs a cleaning. Run 1 pot of white vinegar through it just like where you fill it with water. But do not use any water. Then run 2 full pots of water through it to clean out the vinegar. Warning do put cold water into a hot glass pot or it could break. If it has a filter for the water, change it with a new one.
Just run one full pot of cold water through it. Do not add coffee. Then it is ready for use. Caution - Do not make coffee right away because you can break the glass carafe by adding cold water to a hot carafe. Also the hot plate would be very hot too.
You can try salt and ice. Try pouring about a tablespoon of salt into the pot and a couple ice cubes. Hold the pot by the handle and swirl it around in a counter clockwise direction allowing the ice to move around the inside of the pot. Don't do it too fast, you could break the pot.
what you will have to do to solve this problem is that you will have to do self cleaning on the coffee maker
however, (not the bathroom one) is a handy item to
use to clean coffee residue off the inside of a glass coffee carafe.
Does your pot have hard to reach areas? Use a wooden chopstick with a paper towel to get in there.
You can put ice cubes and a little water(enough so you can swirl it
around) in pot and swirl them around, for harder stains put some table
salt in pot and swirl it around for a few minutes and then rinse.
Put a glass marble in the water chamber to attract mineral deposits from hard water. Wash it once a week.
For tough stains, scrub the pot using a paper towel or clean (not soapy) dish towel. Rinse thoroughly.
To clean just the pot, do what many restaurants do. Put about two
cups of ice, 1/4 cup of rock or table salt, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice
(bottled or fresh is fine) and swirl around the pot. Measurements are
not that important, just guesstimate. Be sure that the pot is cold
before you try this, or you may break the glass pot.
Clean a brand new coffee pot prior to using it for the first time.
Never use the coffee pot to pour water into the reservoir. This
will transfer oils and impurities from the pot, and eventually give the
coffee a nasty taste. Instead, use a pitcher that is reserved for water
To keep the inside area around basket, filter, lid area clean (from
coffee ground spatter) simply place a SECOND filter over the top of the
grounds in the FIRST filter. Push second filter down so that spout will
clear top of second filter (on many makes of coffee makers) as lid is
closed. This keeps interior in pristine condition and doesn't take much
time or expense.
This coffee maker uses a resevoir tank system - the water you pour in pushes out water that is already heated - the water you pour in won't actually be used for that pot of coffee! For that reason you should only use full pitchers when filling. You may need to cycle through 2 or 3 fillings before the input matches the output once more.
The capacity of the resevoir is about 3 pitchers; you can brew 2 pots in a row before the machine needs a break to bring the resevoir back up to temperature.
You have not missed anything. Unplugging for longer than 16 minutes (has 15-minute memory) is the only troubleshooting you can perform. Call Cuisinart to find out if you are still in warranty. All electronics have a failure rate. Cuisinart's is acceptably low, but their coffee makers are the least reliable of all their products. The basic problem with electronic coffee makers is that coffee makers produce high heat, and high heat kills electronics and melts plastic. At least Cuisinart has a 3-year warranty - higher than the industry standard. Let me put it another way. All coffee makers have a high failure rate. As many Cuisinart coffee makers that break down, the non-Grind-and-Brews still have a 91 rating from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports doesn't give ANYTHING a 91 rating. A lot break, but you probably won't fare much better by switching to a different brand. The problem with a Cuisinart breaking down is that an expensive unit broke down - you wouldn't be upset if your $15 Mr. Coffee broke every year. The law of averages is on your side - a 2nd Cuisinart will probably last longer. -Tha Mp3 Doctor