Question about Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
I need charcoal water filter. Bought them at Wal-Mart once but havn't been able to find them for the past 6 mos.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If you look at the bottom, you'll probably find 'China' on it.
The problem you are having normally doesn't show up for a couple of months after the lime has had a chance to roughen the ball in the check valve that makes up the pump. Your pump isn't pumping.
I suspect you have some particulate matter that has made its way to the primitive check valve and the ball is not moving freely as it should. The copious amount of steam you are getting is from the bit of water that makes it to the heating element before the (yet to fail) thermal switch that cycles the heater element.
If you have a clean turkey baster, you may be able to flush whatever crud there is in the water path through to the outlet over the coffee basket by sticking the tip into the water chamber's exit hole. We have a large veterinarian's hypodermic that does the job nicely when it is time to flush it again and soaking the water path with vinegar every few weeks overnight will help keep it pumping properly too.
If the flushing doesn't work, take it back before GE gets completely out of the appliance business.
(Whatever happened to Silex??)
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
SOURCE: GE coffee maker
If it failed after working a short while, the thermal fuse used in all drip coffee makers is frequently failing and we have had exactly the same experience with another brand. Our toxic Chinese friends are making crappy thermal fuses along with about everything else.
Replacing these is impractical since they are in a small metal case, pointed on one end with two coaxial leads permanently attached. Further, they are welded to wiring under the warming plate to the heating element. The area is too hot for solder and ceramic wire nuts have to be used to replace the fuse and these are tough to find anymore.
Bypassing them is a really bad idea since I know of one case where the thermal switch that causes the machine to cycle, failed, the heating element melted through the aluminum plate on the bottom and set fire to a kitchen counter.
With the cost of labor being what it is, hardly any of these drip coffee makers are worth repairing.
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
The pot that came with my GE 169184 dripped when I poured so I replaced it with an old pot from an old Mr Coffee 4 cup unit. It works perfect and it does not drip. Also, the pour-n-serve feature works as it should. The glass envelopes have a slightly different shape but the height, base diameter and capacity are identical.
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
Call your local Wal Mart Stores..... even if you have to call 2 or 3 stores..... after several attempts to call the customer support phone number (what a joke) I did not want to waste my time on hold.
I decided to call all of the local Wal Mart Stores in my ares.and I found the filters for the 12 cup digital coffee maker model number 169164.......... (they come in a pack of 2) at the Wal Mart store in West York PA.....
I may end up purchasing 2 packs.........
I hope this email with help you with your search.............Good luck. They are out there, it just takes alittle searching and with no thanks to our wonderful GE help line.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
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I found this phone number for repair parts on the GE housewares website:
"In 2000, GE housewares products became available through Wal-Mart. For repair or parts, you may call 877-207-0923 (for US) 877-556-0973 (for Canada) or you may return your product to your local Wal-Mart."
They also have downloadable manuals there.
Hope this helps
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