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Cuisinart 12 cup coffe maker - dc-1200

N this be repaired?

I have tried decalcifying it already. The problem started all of a sudden, nlot gradually building up over time.

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Re: cuisinart 12 cup coffe maker - dc-1200

Hello sudyealf,
This is a common problem with this unit.
I recently had this similar problem. If you still have your 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 an eyeglass 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

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Re: cuisinart 12 cup coffe maker - dc-1200

Yes ,this unit is repairable.However,you might try using a product called CLR (decalcifier).Available at most all stores.Use about 4cups.Run through unit about three times.Then run 4 or 5 full carafes of water through.If the unit is working correctly, and the ball valve inside the intake hose is ok, it should work fine.If not,then it would seem to be a thermostat problem located on the heating element. I would contact a small appliance service center in your area.Repair cost will vary.

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