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Cuisinart DCC1000 coffee maker

This is the second cuisinart coffee maker I've owned and I have the same problem with both. After awhile steam comes out of the top of the coffee maker leaving only about half a carafe of coffee. I have just about ruined a cabinet because of this. Am I doing something wrong?

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  • dbarber43 Jan 27, 2008

    I checked the reservoir and sure enough there is a hole, with no valve. I did turn the coffee maker upside down to rinse it out in case a coffee bean had stopped something up. Is it possible to order a new valve from Cuisinart, or is there another remedy to this particular problem

  • suebayb14 Sep 17, 2008

    I have the same porblem, but my model doesn't have an opening large enough to access the valve that has dislodged and I can't figure how to dissassemble the parts to fix it.

  • michellecoen Oct 24, 2008

    Yah my coffee maker is about 6 months old and the steam is evaporating about 2 cups worth of water out of every pot of coffee. I will check the valve.



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At the bottom of the reservoir there is a hole the water flows through to the heater. When my coffeemaker did what yours does it was because a little valve that sits in that hole had popped out, and after tamping it back in it solved the problem. The valve is supposed to keep the hot water from going back up into the reservoir. Without it the water backs up, causing the steam to shoot up as you know, and heats up the water in the reservoir. This causes the thermostat to turn it off prematurely. The valve can come out of the hole either if the coffeemaker is turned upside down, or if there is a major buildup of mineral deposits that need to be flushed out -- they can overheat and cause too much back-pressure to the valve. Flush it with vinegar and push the valve back in as tight as you can, then be careful if you turn it upside down.

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  • Alfred Reed Jan 28, 2008

    You could try Googling Cuisinart to see if they sell parts there. You might be able to scrounge one from another coffeemaker if you can get your hands on one, it is possible they are interchangeable since it is only a little plastic thing. Good luck.



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