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When I pour water into (empty) pot to fill. Bunn coffee maker

When I pour water into (empty) pot to fill reservoir, water pour out directly into the pot? I cannot get water into reservoir?

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I wasn't aware that it filled the reservoir from the plumbed in connection, then used that to make the coffee. However, I never make more than one cup at a time, and every few cups I get the message telling me to empty the reservoir. Seems to me that either it uses that water or it doesn't, and to me it looks like it doesn't. If so, why does the reservoir keep taking on water? By the way when it tells me to empty the reservoir, it is always about half full, maybe a bit more, but never even close to full.

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If you pour water into the machine, and water comes out, then the reservoir is full of water. There is no way the water can bypass the reservoir and go directly into the pot.

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    I wasn't aware that it filled the reservoir from the plumbed in connection, then used that to make the coffee. However, I never make more than one cup at a time, and every few cups I get the message telling me to empty the reservoir. Seems to me that either it uses that water or it doesn't, and to me it looks like it doesn't. If so, why does the reservoir keep taking on water? By the way when it tells me to empty the reservoir, it is always about half full, maybe a bit more, but never even close to full.

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16) Repeat steps 13 and 14 once.
17) Repeat steps 11 through 14 three times.
18) Clean the pour reservoir cover, swing lid and flow stopper.
19) Put the flow stopper back in place.
20) Attach the top cover.
21) Clean the exterior of the NHB.
22) With the boil and warmer switches off, plug the NHB into the electrical outlet.
23) Turn the boil and warmer plate switches on.
24) Fill the NHB with one pot of cold water and close the swing lid. Wait one minute.
25) Fill the NHB with another pot of cold water. Place the pot on the warmer plate and close the swing lid. If water does not yet come out, fill with one more pot of water.
26) Allow water to drain from brew spout until it stops draining.
27) Empty pot.
28) Fill pot to 10 cup line and pour into the NHB. You should find that the NHB now delivers 10 cups back to the pot. Empty the pot.
29) Clean brew spout diffuser and replace back in the brew hat.
30) Clean the pot, pot lid and brew basket.
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