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Farberware superfast perculator

We are having a problem with our farberware percolator . It just started making really weak coffee. We did not do anything different when we make coffee in the morning, it just got really watery and weak.

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2008

    I found a website where you can buy a new thermostat for the percolator, just don't know how to change it.....

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    I bought a Farberware Percolator just a month ago, it worked fantasic at first, now it makes very very weak coffee even when I have been adding more and more coffee.

    Now I'm looking all over for the damn receipt and can't find it.

    I've heard Farberware is no longer an American company, they're made in China.

    Lovely, I guess I just lost my money.

    I thought percolators were supposed to last forever

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2008

    I've had two Faberware Superfast perculator 8 cup coffee makers. Both of them lasted only a few months before they started making weak/warm coffee and basically became useless. I don't know what the problem is!

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    Same problem with us just this AM. I accued my girlfriend of using a teaspoon by accident. When I re-made it - same thing, WEAK. Happened all of a sudden, it was fine yesterday. Wonder what is wrong, the coffee it hot and it sounds like it is perking.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    I could've written the above post myself! The coffee was OK at first, I suppose,

    but has gotten progressively weaker as time has gone by. I find myself pouring

    the weak coffee from my cup back through the used grounds in order to get a

    tolerable cup of coffee. Additionally, the coffee is hardly warm enough to call

    "hot"!

    I bought this product on the reputation of Farberware, and didn't mind putting

    out the $40 for an excellent product. Sadly, I didn't receive one! Guess I'll

    be buying a $10 discount special in the near future...

  • jeff53 Apr 04, 2008

    I just had the same thing happen with my percolator. I thought I must have done something wrong, but then made a second pot and same thing. Not as hot and weak coffee. I have the same pot in a larger capacity and made a pot and voila, hot - full strength coffee.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    I have been experiencing the same. My cousin, who turned me on to the perco., has never had a problem with hers. Go figure. Maybe the year it was manufactured makes a difference. Things are being built to last less and less. Tonight I emailed the Farberware (via Salton USA) company to ask if there was a part I could replace instead of throwing the entire pot away. The "guest" on this page has answered my question. Now I just have to figure out if it's easy enough for me to fix on my own, and if the thermostat is the only part responsible for the temperature of the water. One thing I have learned over the years about coffee, is that the combination of correct grind, speed of water passing through the grounds and water temperature, is imperative to getting a good cup of java.

  • brew-who Apr 19, 2008

    I have a Millennium Edition of this percolator (FCP-412). Anyone know who sells a thermostat for this? This is a different type than is in the older percolators.

  • javahead Apr 19, 2008

    After reviewing this site and the solutions offered, I took a look at my percolator and found it to be the old Model #142, Made in the U.S.A. I have no idea how old it is as I bought it from a thrift shop. I also took apart the bottom to look at the way the parts were configured. There are many complaints about the Farberware Percolators (all models), many of which have been posted with Consumer Affairs. I would like to try and fix mine as the parts are not that expensive. Can anyone tell me how to remove the heating element and where the thermostat is located? When I opened the bottom, I easily saw the heating element (hard coil-like), the fusible link, and what was either the flexible heating element or the rope. Thanks.

  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    themostatic control

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    where can you buy a thermostat. mine reads open.

  • tracyap Oct 15, 2008

    I have the 12-cup percolator and it continues to make weak coffee.  Now today, the water did not even go through the coffee grounds but it made all of the noises as if did.  I checked this morning and the grounds were still dry.

  • mooonbeamer Nov 20, 2008

    My Mr coffee rind and brew (gbx25) was a gift, it is new, in tne box. makes very weak coffe. its hot enough, and we tryed a couple time adding more coffe each time.
    Any suggestions?

  • fixation Mar 10, 2009

    The perk cycle, after only a few months(pot is new) seemed to shorten and now the brewed coffee is not as hot as it was and also rather weak. Is there a thermostat in there that goes bad rather quickly?

  • Dee bhollah May 13, 2013

    It's the spring. Make sure it is wide end up, tight to the rivet and maybe stretch it out a bit. Worked for me

  • ammiguel33
    ammiguel33 Feb 06, 2014

    THERE IS A SOLUTION: The same thing happened to us with our Farberware and it was only a year old. I took white distilled vinegar (about 1 1/2 cups) and some sea salt (maybe 2 TBSP) and ran that through a brewing cycle. While it was still hot, I then scrubbed the basket paying attention to the bottom where the coffee filters down AND also really scrubbed the metal support tube paying close attention to the area under the spring. (FYI, the spring slides up and down that tube so you can move it to really clean.) Once that was done, I fully rinsed the pot and ran another cycle with 8 cups of water. Problem solved. The pot is now brewing perfectly hot and strong coffee again.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Where can I buy an electric plug for coffee maker

  • Ted Walker
    Ted Walker Dec 08, 2017

    Remove the warming element. It is too close to the thermostat and heats it prematurely by radiant as well as direct heating thru the attaching spade lug. You can expect the pot to brew in just under 7 minutes and it will be approximately 190 degrees F so be careful and don't scald yourself! The pot should last 20 or 30 years. Those thermostats RARELY wear out. Side note, you can buy a 24" cord on eBay for this pot. The current draw at full operation is ~7.9amps so a standard IED cord will work and won't cost an arm and a leg.

  • Ted Walker
    Ted Walker Dec 08, 2017

    Make that in IEC cord!!

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Thanks for letting us know that there was no solution other than one I would have to come up with entirely on my own. My dad who is old school wouldn't let me give up so we took the thing apart and it was an easy fix. Take the 5/16 nut off the bottom. Pull the slide pins off the thermostat. Take the philips screw out of the support holding the thermostat in place. Use a sharp pointed knife and with the silver Aluminum cap flat on the bench, make a slice on one edge. Use the knife to pull the edge away from the plastic housing and the cap will pop off. Be careful not to loose the small piece of ceramic that lies in a small whole on top of the contact. Use a sharp knife to clean the contacts and check with an ohms meter or continuity light. If it makes a good contact, put it back together. It took my dad and me about 10 minutes to do the entire job. We looked for a part for 20 minutes. Good luck. Rick and Adam Schmitt of Maryland.

Posted on May 04, 2008

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I have found a good source of parts for Faberware urns and percolators at goodmans.net. The thermostats and heating elements can be easily replaced and the urn returned to original condition. Rich of Colorado

Posted on May 14, 2008

  • fizteach May 24, 2008

    Check the spring under the grounds basket on the pump tube. This is supposed to hold the end of the tube down in the heater well. It should compress when the lid is pushed down on the basket and twisted to lock in under the handles.

  • Dee bhollah May 13, 2013

    The spring is it, also make sure it is wide end up and tight to the rivet. I have even stretched it a bit. So far so good?!

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The problem is definitely the thermostat -- it's the weak spot in the otherwise excellent Farberware design. I just wanted to note that the directions from "dadandson," above, might be a little confusing. If you just want to replace the old thermostat with a new one, it's quite easy:

  1. Remove the black exterior housing from the pot (1 phillips-head screw).
  2. Disconnect the old thermometer at both ends (5/16" nut where the cord plugs in; phillips-head screw at the other end).
  3. Install the new thermometerstat in its place, making sure that the round, silver cap makes firm contact with the bottom of the pot.

I ordered my thermostat from goodmans.net. $7.50 including shipping. The only problem was a little one: the black plastic housing on the replacement thermostat was a little shorter than the original, so I had to cut a spacer out of plastic eraser to make sure that the thermostat was pressed firmly against the bottom of the pot.

The "dadandson" post looks good if you think you can fix your old thermostat; I haven't tried it, but it seems unlikely. Usually thermostats stop working due to metal fatigue, not corroded connections. Still, if you're adventurous, it might be worth a try.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

  • bdglover Jul 17, 2009

    Sorry...that's "thermostat," not "thermometerstat." :)

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You might laugh at this but I had the same exact problem except my water got extremely hot just like its supposed to but the coffee was very weak...Heres what I did and i tested it out twice and it works fine again and cost nothing...1. at the base of the metal tube there is a washer. use something (I used a hobby knife blade) and pry it away from the permanant metal that it sits against. It feels like its spring loaded and feels like it will snap right back if you let it go, and it does. I sprayed it with WD40 and moved it all around for about a minute. making sure its loose. 2. stretch the spring a bit that sits further up the tube it gets weak after awhile. Then run straight water thru it twice so it gets all the WD40 worked in. Then wash it out and try it with coffee. mine worked great twice in a row. final test is in the morning for coffee. best of luck.

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Replace the flexible heating element on your percolator. It solved my problem. You can buy one @MarBeck.com.Sorry you have so much trouble with yours, mine is about 10 years old,
when working right it still makes the best coffee though.Sommertyme

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The heating element is wearing out (depending on the age) or the thermostatic control is faulty. I had a couple of Kenmore versions of this percolator and it failed within a year. The Farberware unit has lasted about 2 years. Unfortunately, it is time to buy a new one. The reality is that even the cheap plastic and expensive metal drip and percolators all work the same way.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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I fixed my percolator that started making weak coffee. evidently, the spring that sits on the tube came off during washing and was reinstalled backwards. instead of placing pressure up against the coffee canister, it was face down doing absolutely nothing.it would not shake the canister and the water would not flow properly. my problem is solved except one. my wife says i reinstalled the spring backwards that one time and i say it was her. who cares we have good coffee again. my coffee pot is 10 years old.

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New thermostat and make sure you get some thermal grease thats the white stuff on the old thermostat. The thermal grease give the thermostat even heating. The washer on the bottom needs to be cleaned also. Check if the top if the coffee maker is hot while brewing. If not the water isn't getting hot enough.

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  • Jeffery Monti Jun 22, 2013

    I purchased the replacement thermostat from Goodman's through Amazon. Think it was around $5.00 or so. Replaced it and my 12 cup Faberware is back making "hot" not warm coffee. Also found some rust on a few of the terminal connector lugs which I cleaned with emery cloth, Just wanted to thank you for reminding me about using thermal compound between the thermostat and bottom of the pot connection point. DId not think of that and will add it over the nexy few days for better thermal trnasfer. Thanks again for the tip.

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I have a great little farberware perculator. One morning I forgot to put water in it! I was really tired! Anyway. . .now my perculator does not work. Could I just replace the heating element? Is that what broke? or is it the thermostat? Maybe I should just buy a new one. . . .please help!

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

I just purchased several thermostats for the farberware percolator on ebay. It's an inexpensive fix. I bought mine for $6.95. The shipping cost was $6.95 also so I bought 6 since I figure this is going to be an ongoing problem. Here's the ebay link that I got mine from. http://cgi.ebay.com/Farberware-Percolator-4-8-12-cups-Thermostat-P04-011_W0QQitemZ220150250403QQihZ012QQcategoryZ116012QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247QQcmdZViewItem

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All, I have a problem with mine peculating. I plug it in and nothing happens except that the water gets hot. I've thoroughly cleaned, but haven't taken it apart yet to see what the problem is. I ended up buy a new one, but still have the old one (kept it for parts). I'd really like to fix it though. Any advice?

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Definitely the thermostat. We have a Farberware FCP-280. Started getting the weak brew; tried cleaning and it would get better, then back to weak, warm coffee...

Scored 3 thermostats (FTCNEW) from Goodmans.net, installed in under 10 minutes... HOT, STRONG coffee!

If your Farberware FCP series percolator is under-performing, this is the fix.

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My percolator had the same problem, cooler brews, and one morning nothing. I did what I always do when I don't have any coffee and something electric won't start. I hit it gently and forcefully with a hammer. Bingo! Back in business again. This thing is ten years old and virtually bullet proof. I am going to see about getting a new thermostat for the next time it dies.

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