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  • keves52 May 22, 2009

    We cleaned the bottom center of the pot where the post fits in - clean and shiny, but the coffeemaker still only perks 2 min max. the water is only warm and the coffee is barely brown. More suggestions?

  • keves52 Jun 09, 2009

    Apparently it's the fusable link or thermostat that needs to be replaced. I'll look into buying a different brand - sorry Mr.Farberware.
    But thank you FixYa. Appreciated your advice.



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Your main heating element, fuseable link, or thermostat has failed.

You will need to test each to find out which is problematic. (however your tests will be in vain) - see bottom of this answer)

The design of a percolator uses superheated coffee to rise up the tube and shower the coffee on top.
The 1150Watt element is directly under the tube and looks like this...

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If the coffee is not heated - the tube does not fill with coffee - and you will never get the percolating.

If the thermostat is out - the element will not turn on properly to heat the water.

If the fuseable link were bad - the coffee wouldnt heat at all (so this is probably not the failed component)

Unfortunately - There are NO replaceable parts available from the manufacturer for this unit.

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I will not purchase another Farberware product.

I have the FSU 236 urn, which has been used only at family gatherings. When last used, it switched to the warming mode prematurely so all we had was an urn full of tepid dark water. Things break, no big deal.

Well, it is a big deal because a replacement thermostat is not available for this unit. I could not get a hit when I googled the part number stamped on the thermostat and Farberware/Applica/Salton indicated it is not a "consumer replaceable item." Odd, since you can get a thermostat, heating element, warming element, and fuse link for older Farberware urns.

Fine customer no service, at least direct me to a repair shop that would have the part and can fix the urn. Nope.

Then please look in your UL file and tell me the approved thermostats. Nope, that information is "not available and cannot be supplied."

I could understand if this model was discontinued, but it is currently being sold new. No more Farberware for me!

On the bright side, at least I have a lovely pot to ... never mind.

Someone has alread done the legwork for you.
All I can suggest is calling the manufacturer yourself to try your luck.

Thanks for using FixYa!!

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he well at the bottom of the pot where the tube fits in can get coated with mineral deposits from hard water, and this causes the problem you're having.Some brands of coffee makers come with a cleaning tool for this. It's a flat metal piece that fits the well, and you use it to work a piece of steel wool (plain, not a soap pad!) back and forth to scrape off the buildup. If you don't have the tool, you can just cram a wad of steel wool into the well and twist it around by hand. It also helps to pour in Lime-Away (or a similar kind of cleaner) to fill the well and cover the bottom. Let it soak for a while, use the steel wool (wear rubber gloves to save your hands), and finish up with a thorough washing.


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