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Bunn thermal coffee pots not keeping coffee hot

Bunn stainless thermal coffee pots not keeping coffee hot, bought 2 and both have same problem after 1 month of use, pot #39430.0000

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    Ernest R May 11, 2010

    Do you preheat the pots?

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If might not be the thermal pot, it is possible it is the machine itself. If you have a candy or meat thermometer, place it in the pot as soon as the coffee has completed brewing. The temperature should be at 175-185 degrees. If it isn't, then the machine needs replaced. If the temperature is correct, then please call customer service with the model and date code to get the thermal carafe replaced. If the temp isn't correct, and it is 3 years old or less, the machine will be replaced for no cost. If it is over 3 years old, it can be replaced at a reduced price.

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