Question about Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
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.
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
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:
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
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.
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
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
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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
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.
Posted on Apr 01, 2012
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.
Posted on Oct 30, 2011
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
Posted on Apr 07, 2008
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?
Posted on Mar 26, 2016
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.
Posted on Feb 27, 2015
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.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
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