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Leaking cuisinart grind and brew

My Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker is leaking under the unit during brewing. Not a lot. About 4 ounces. Is this a permanent failure in the water basin or can it be fixed?

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  • gthaxton Nov 30, 2007

    My cuisinart grind and brew stopped grinding first and the leaks followed. It leaks about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water whether I am making coffee or not. One evening I charged it up for a timed brew the following morning only to find that much of the water had leaked out over night. Can this be fixed? If so, how?

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007

    12 cup grind and brew clear water leaks out from under mach when stored in res.. about half a cup mach is 2 yrs old is this worth fixing

  • BrookBusbee Dec 24, 2007

    Clean in dishwasher, run vinegar through- no help. I am beginning to thank that the springs on the mechanism are ahot. Advice? 

  • jod9 Feb 29, 2008

    My Cuisinart grind and brew is leaking during brewing. The water has gotten into the electrical part and is causing it to short out. Any way to fix this?

  • maggiequest Dec 21, 2008

    Same here, but on the Cuisinart Filter Brew.

  • kbustos Jan 31, 2009

    My grind and brew will not drain into the pot. It overflows all over the counter.

  • Pegisu Jun 23, 2013

    I had the same problem and eventually discovered that the top piece of the carafe has a movable piece of plastic that gets clogged with coffee sludge. It serves as a baffle and when it clogs the coffee does not drain into the pot but leaks over the pot and appears to be leaking from the bottom, but in reality it is not. Trust me I sat and watched it brew. Regular cleaning did not work nor putting the top of the carafe in the dishwasher. What did eventually work to clean that baffle was to soak it in full strength simple green overnight until the coffee sludge dissolved and unstuck the baffle and allowed it to move freely. Now when I clean the top I shake it to see if it moves freely, if it does not, then I soak it again. So far this has been working.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    A Small Blue rectangle WARNING. It appears on mid top towards the LEFT side of the brewing unit on screen and water does not flow to process the coffee after grinding. Normal flushing does occur however, e. g.. on start up.

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Our Cuisinart grind and brew was leaving a puddle under it after making a pot of coffee. I called Cuisinart this week and it turns out the handle of the carafe has to be lined up in the middle of the opening for the carafe. It will be under the word Cuisinart, in the middle.

We have now made several pots with NO residual puddle of water or coffee. It also seems to be making the pots quicker.

Before trying this I had run 2 pots of water with 1/2 cup white vinegar in it also. But it still puddled until we lined up the carafe as noted above.

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We had a major problem with the unit leaking as well. Sometimes it didn't leak, sometimes it did. Sometimes it appeared to be leaking from above the thermos, sometimes looked like it was coming from underneath the unit. After trying out many different things to try and fix it, turns out the problem was the lid of the thermos. There is a little ball in the lid that needs to move around for the water to get through, it was kind of stuck from hard water deposits and I assume coffee residue. Its impossible to completely clean because you cant take it apart. We tried to clean the unit and lid with vinegar and CLR (ran through coffee maker according to CLR instructions), and it did work (the little ball inside the lid started to move and "click" again) and stopped leaking. But we decided for a more permanent approach and we purchased replacement lids for both the thermos and brew basket, both items with delivery from Cuisinart's website was about $20. No more leaking, thank God!! *AND* the coffee is once again absolutely delicious.

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Our coffee pot was doing the same thing. We soaked the carafe lid in full strength Simple Green overnight and it dissolved the sludge that had formed. The carafe lid can be separated into two pieces and you only have to soak the top part with the baffle in it. When you shake the top if the baffle does not move freely it is time to soak it again. So far this has been working.

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