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Clogging Frequently -- Very slow brew

Almost a few months into purchasing the unit from Caynes in Thornhill, the cycle started: gargling - slow brew - light flashing - cleaning.

I follow the instructions in the user manual and use a mix of water and vinegar to pour through a few times, followed up with a clear water pour.

I'm very disappointed with this unit, ESPECIALLY onsidering I use it only once per day and it cost $100 +/- and is a brand with a good reputation. I have to say, I never had problems with my previous coffee makers, which were always BRAUN.

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Hello enrichyourli,
I recently had this similar problem. If you still have you machine try the following.
Your described problem may be one of two problems. Let's start with the easier solution first. In the DCC 1200 there is a filter "stick or column" in the left rear. Pull it out and remove the clogged carbon filter(s) that are in there. Shine a light into the receptacle and remove the debris in the bottom. It is likely that this is causing the problem with you machine needing to be started on multiple times. See if this solution works. If it does, you might run 8 cups of water and 4 cups of vinegar through to help decalcify the units plumbing. Do this once or twice and then rinse with at least one pot run-through of clean water. If this works then you are good to go.
Next, if this does not solve your problem we can do the following: unplug the unit and lay it on its back. You will need a #10 torx driver (hardware store if you don't have one) to remove the bottom cover plate. There are 4 torx screws holding it on. When removed, you will find 2 orange hoses. Carefully attempt to remove the left hose without splitting. I used a eyeglas screwdriver to loosen it up. If it splits, just cut off the split and stretch it to reconnect when time comes. As you look into the hose you will find a little black valve inside as well a some gunk. Clean it all out with a fine wire as best you can. Rinse well. Attempt to reconnect the hose back onto the pipe. Slip the pipe clamp back into place. Replace the cover and screws and you should be good to go again. This is not as daunting as it may seem. You can do it. :o) Good luck! If this answer helps, please leave positive feedback for me. Much appreciated. Regards, NormanZ

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

  • mddoane Sep 01, 2011

    Had to remove the bottom and clean out the hose - looks like kinda a "back-flow" preventer! I took some thin solder wire to poke around and dislodged a huge lump of black crud....I tested it my blowing in both directions and running water through it (in one direction). Thanks for the tip, Norm!
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