Water is leaking from the bottom
I was successful at fixing my Krups Electric Kettle for $4. In my case
the water was leaking from bottom somewhere close to the heating area. I
think that a small hole was created in the seal around the heating area
in the bottom of the inside of the kettle. One can try to find the
general location of the leak by putting a small amount of water in the
kettle, place the kettle in a larger pan, and tilt the kettle so that
the water is slightly higher than the heating area in one area only
noting the position where the water level is above the heating area. Leave it for a
while and check for leakage. If there is none, rotate the kettle a few
degrees so that you have a new high point and look again for leakage from the new area until you find the
area where it is leaking. Alternatively you may wish to put a sealant
around the entire area, 360 degrees, around the top of the heating
area. You mayl have to remove the strainer first to get your hand in
the kettle to apply the sealant.
I went to my local hardware store and looked for sealants that were:
1. Potable (ie safe since you will be using the water for coffee, tea, and other applications that you ingest).
2. That will withstand heat up to at least 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that water boils at 212 degrees.
I found epoxies that required mixing two compounds but decided that this
would be difficult to deal with and apply. In the end I bought "PC
Plumbing Epoxy Putty" from PC-Products. This met both requirements and
was easy yo use. You take the putty and roll it between your finger
just like you did in kindergarten with the clay and make a thin string
that you could position in the crevice around the top of the heating
area. You may either cover the area where you found the leak or the
entire 360 degrees. You will note a somewhat foul smell of the putty.
The manufacturers says that it will cure in 3 hours. I found that the
smell went away when it completely dried and hardened after 3 weeks!.
I will assume that the same solution is applicable to leaks in other
areas of the kettle. I have also found that there are equivalent
electric kettles much cheaper than Krups. I would certainly check the
construction to see if there is one with less of a chance to develop a
But the bottom line is that it cost me $4. I just finished testing the
Electric Kettle and it is fine, not leaking, and the instant coffee did
not have any bad smell.
Feb 11, 2011 |
Braun Electric Kettles