My wife and i about three months ago, purchased a band new 12 cup ge coffee maker. it was about $50 bucks.
it is a piece of junk, it cuts off, comes on, cuts off,
and comes on. it takes for ever to make coffee, like 15 or 20 minutes. in the past 30 years, we have had three or four
coffee makers, ge, and never any problems with them. do you think ge would take this one back or give us some sort of credit to get a different one??
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Re: ge coffee maker
Old message, you probably have had a few machines more by now.
If bnot, take it back; the bimetal thermal switch that is responsible for cycling the machine is 'bad.'
Actually, it's Chinese and they haven't quite figured out how to make these reliable.
This type of switch has been around for 3/4 century and those made in the US were only used for protection and cycled only to prevent fire in some equipment.
Because they are a sandwich of two metals, they flex to switch when their design temperature is reached. Just because of metal fatigue, they really aren't intended to switch off and on several times a minute as they must in a drip coffee maker.
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The problem is the plastic valve on the bottom of the tank. If you remove the 4 screws connecting the black and white parts together it will expose the valve and you will find that at least one of the tabs that secure the valve are cracked off. You can replace the tank for a new one at HB website for 10 bucks or try to repair the valve yourself.
The owners manual with our "12 cup Barista aroma grande" recommends cleaning the unit with a cleaner / descaler that you can buy at Starbucks, or 6 cups of a 50-50 vinegar-water solution, or 6 cups of a 50-50 lemon juice (no pulp!)-water solution. You have to then run a whole pot full of water through to rinse the unit. My wife cleans it once or twice a year with the Starbucks cleaner, and the staining comes off the inside of the pot (you may have to do it more than once with a 6-year deposit). The coffee also tastes better afterwards - less heavy and oily, more crisp and flavorful.
I had the same thing happen when my carafe broke. Mine is 238.69328 which is the black coffee maker. The simple solution is to head to Walmart and buy the GE replacement carafe. It's the 12 cup capacity one #169164. The box has 169180 on the bottom and it works like the old one and looks just as good no matter what color your coffee pot is. Costs about $10.
Check where the water comes out under the brew filter. It sounds like you may be missing the sprayhead. It is a round metal or plastic piece that is screwed on to the water dispense area and acts like a little showerhead forcing water evenly over the coffee grounds. If it is missing, the coffee will be weak. Check the water temperature. If it isn't hot enough, the coffee will be weak.