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There are 3 common causes of lost perk that can be dealt with at home, and cause about 1/2 of the failures with these urns. They are very common when the pots are used rarely or carelessly cleaned after use, and when coffee is ground too fine for perc (drip grind is too fine for perc). As long as the pot is still heating, check these three things: 1) Clean the _inside_ of the hollow stem )that holds the basket and moves the water from the bottom of the pot to the top), to remove all grounds. You should be able to see clearly through it. 2) At the bottom of this stem there is a very small cup that has little holes in it and fits into the little well at the bottom of the pot. Make sure these are completely clear. 3) Scour out the little well so all residue/ grounds are removed and the little cup fits perfectly into the well.
It is the perfect fit of the two that allows the perc-ing cycle to occur.
If the pot is not heating, or these cleaning measures do not work, a local electric repair shop can probably do the repair for about 1/2 the cost of a new urn.
This is for a model 58036 36-cup urn. You don't give the model number of your urn, and a 25-cup model isn't listed. You can go back a page to the model selection and choose your model from the list. But I've found most of their urns use the same faucet.
The black clip that you are talking about seems to be a type of "lock" that was commonly used to prevent the cord from being pulled from the appliance by accident. You will need this part to "lock" the cord into the new base. I would recommend that you try to break the old base from around the cord trying not to damage the clip. You'll then be able to insert the "old" clip into the matching slot in the new base. I believe that the part itself is called a "locking strain relief".