Question about Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker
DCC-1200 shuts off: How to fix it
A couple of weeks ago my DCC-1200 began shutting off in the middle of the brew cycle, a problem commonly reported here. I love my DCC-1200, and it ran like a top for the 8 years I've had it. Luckily I have a backup coffee maker, so I was able to take the time to find a fix rather than having to drop another hundred bucks on a new one. I hope this helps some of you.
Behavior: The coffee maker began shutting off during the brew cycle. The whole machine would go dead, including the LCD display. Changing outlets did not solve the problem. Unplugging it and plugging it back in sometimes helped, sometimes not. Left plugged in, sometimes the power would restore and it would work for a time. This got progressively more frequent, though right before it quit working all together I was able to turn it on by pressing the self clean button. Pressure on the faceplate right above that button would shut it down again. I discovered this while following norm49629's advice on cleaning the machine. After removing the faceplate, I could see that any pressure on certain areas of the circuit board would restore or cut power to the entire unit. These experiences led me to conclude that there was an issue with the circuit board. Please be reasonably sure this is the same problem you're having before beginning this repair. My coffeemaker was out of warranty and I had nothing to lose.
If this is your problem, you will be baking the circuit board to repair micro-fissures in the circuitry which are interfering with its operation. These fissures are caused over time by the repeated heating up and cooling down of the coffeemaker when you brew. To do this repair you will need to remove the faceplate, so I am including instructions for that based on my experience with this issue as there were none to be found on Fixya when I looked.
To remove the faceplate:
You will need a tiny standard screwdriver (I used one from an eyeglass repair kit) and a smallish philips screwdriver. Begin by removing the carafe, the basket (and permanent filter, if you have one), the water filter, and the insert on the underside of the flip-up lid. With the lid open, you will notice two round screw covers towards the front of the coffeemaker to either side of the filter basket. Remove these with the small standard screwdriver. This is impossible to do without damaging them somewhat. Remove the two philips screws underneath.
There are nine clips that need to be released to remove the plastic top of your coffee maker. First, press in on and release the two located on the back just below the lid hinge. With the small standard screwdriver, gently release the six clips along the top edge of the casing. These are located two in back, near the corners and two along each side. You will have to get up underneath the plastic bezel, be gentle so that you do not bend the stainless steel housing (if you do, gently bend it back into place before you put everything back together). Lay the coffeemaker on its back. The final clip is located in the carafe “nook” to the back of the drip outlet. The upper plastic portion should now lift straight up out of the coffeemaker.
With the coffeemaker upright, remove the four philips screws holding the faceplate in place. Remove the faceplate by pulling it straight out towards you. Unplug the circuit board. Remove the three screws holding the circuit board I to the faceplate, being careful not to lose the three clear plastic washers. Remove the clear plastic switch (for the function knob) by releasing the clips.
These baking instructions are based in part on the many tutorials to be found online for repairing video and graphics cards. Preheat your oven on its lowest setting, preferably 170˚. Place a piece of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Tear off some extra and make three small balls of foil to place the circuit board on. With the circuit board LCD up, position the balls under the upper corners and the center bottom, away from anything important.
Bake at 170˚ for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and put your coffeemaker back together. Brew a nice fresh cup for your efforts.
Clean any scale off the parts you removed before you put things back together. To test your repair before reassembly, reinstall the circuit board and plug in your coffeemaker. Test all the buttons, switches, and functions. Be careful baking, if your oven doesn't bake as low as 170˚, ask around. My “self clean” button didn't seem to work, so I re-baked for 10 minutes at 180˚. I don't recommend doing this. At that temperature the LCD screen turned black and the glue melted and spread out. Luckily upon cooling the screen returned to its normal color, the glue hardened, and everything turned out fine. I would recommend a longer 15 or 20 minute bake at 170˚ rather than a higher temperature, should you need.
YMMV. Good luck!
P.S. Self clean works fine, full functionality was restored with this fix.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
I have exactly the same problem :(
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
Followed the simple directions. It worked! My Cuisinart is back in business.
Posted on Aug 02, 2013
I removed the front panel, took some time to remove. You will notice that the SS face plate has tabs that secure it in place. You do not need to remove the tabs. There are two screws at the bottom of where the brew basket was, this secures the face plate, there are total of four screws that secures the face plate.
The rear part of the circuit board appears to have glue over the solder joints so it is a bit difficult to solder a new solder without removing the glue.
The second picture shows the screws from the inside that secures the front panel was covered with white glue. You will need to remove in order to access the screws.
After re-soldering the joints that do not have glue on top, so far it has not turned off mid brew.
Posted on Dec 01, 2016
I just repaired a Cuisinart DCC 1200 coffee maker that would shut off mid cycle during an auto-on brew cycle. I'm fairly sure this fix applies to many of the intermittent problems you read about this coffee maker. I think they are caused by cold solder joints on the main circuit board described in the fixes that suggest baking the board to repair it. If you follow the instructions to expose the circuit board, I did not even need to remove it from the front panel that slide out and unplugged.
Examine the side of the board with the electronic components mounted on it (the switches and LEDs are on the other side. There were a number of jumper connections (marked JPxx, where xx was a number like 05) where you could see the solder was not shiny like other connections. You could also see a faint ring around the soldered pin (this is the fissure or cold solder joint). This causes the intermittent behavior. Simply re-solder these suspect joints to resolve the issues. Add a little solder if the solder around the suspect pin looks flat. The solder on a good joint should form a little cone around the pin that goes through the board and be shiny, not dull. I repaired about 5-7 joints like that, all were on jumpers (a small piece of wire used to connect 2 sections of the board).
This is a better repair than baking the board at about 350-370 degrees which could damage plastic parts. These cold solder joints are a commonly found fault usually caused by poor or improper manufacturing processes. Cusinart should be ashamed at not acknowledging and resolving this type of fault free of charge.
There is a good Youtube video on removing the printed circuit board. The woman who posted it was repairing the toggle switch on the same model coffee maker. Search on Cuisinart toggle switch in Youtube. Good luck.
Posted on Jan 29, 2016
Amazingly wonderful. I am actually writing these lines drinking a fresh brewed coffee coming from a DCC-1200 working on and off from several weeks. I found this tip 2 weeks ago but my coffee machine was in a good period. I was almost looking forward to get it broken again !... It happened this morning, I carefully followed instructions which are very clearly written (even for the non-english speaker I am) and I was just sure it was not gonna work - but NO WAY: it works like hell and even better than before (the clock ain't resetting every time I am brewing coffee) :DI believe this advice could be applied to more or less any circuit board - as long as the next step is inevitably the trash can.Thank you very much
Posted on Oct 31, 2012
I am also having this problem, only seven months into my brand new coffeemaker. This unit is a warranty replacement for my first one, which behaved the same way. They both shut down at random times during the brew process, and occasionally afterward. Cuisinart replaced the first one without a problem, but I'm pretty sick of having to deal with this silliness. Looks like I'll be sending this one back in the near future.
Thanks for the great advice here, although I hope I never have to use it.
Posted on Jul 28, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Turn the function knob to Auto Off
Hold down the hour button til you see the clock display blinking
you can then use the Hour and Minute buttons to program how long you want the coffee maker to stay on.
You can choose from 0 minutes (seems to be what you have it set on now) to 4 hours.
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
This is a really common problem with the cuisinarts. I am most familiar with the DCC-1200, but you may be able to solve the problem. The may be an indication that something is plugged up. Open the top of the unit and in one of the corners you should find a water filter stick or column that is removable. Pull it out and open it up to clean out the clogged up carbon filter in there. (You can later buy a new filter on Amazon.) Clean out the debris from the bottom of the cavity. Replace the stick into the cavity once cleaned. Now it's time to run through a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Do this once or twice with fresh solutions, then with a pot of fresh water. When the filter stick is plugged up the sensor says its time to clean it or shuts the unit down, but most people don't know about this fix. I hope this is helpful to you, crystalm. Positive feedback is appreciated. Good luck. NormanZ
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
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