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Flashing "clean" light on my Cuisinart coffee maker--can't find my manual, sorry. Also, LOTS of steam, less coffee output than expected.

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We had this problem. I can't remember all the details but we followed the manual's directions and ultimately the flashing light would come on again. We went through the same procedure a number of time over the day, and each time the self-clean light would go off, but then when we tried to make coffee it would do exactly as you described. Finally we gave up and uplugged it, ready to throw it in the garbage. But then, I was going to call Cuisinart's number (go to their web-site) and I thought I'd try it again so I could describe exactly what happened to the customer service rep. Guess what? It worked! I think what may have happened is, by unplugging it, we re-booted its computer. So try unplugging it and replugging it in.

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YOou can download the manual from the Cuisinart website:
http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_bar/dcc-1200.html

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For the cleaning light to go out: I've had this problem with my 1150. The manual said to go 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 of cold water. I took this to mean 2 cups of cold water and 1 cup of vinegar. Make sure that you are using WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR!! Any other vinegar won't work for this! Press your clean button and then push brew.... and off you go. When this is finished, you won't have a cleaning light flashing anymore.

As for the extra steaming and less coffee output, check your spring loaded filter holder. 9 times out of 10, coffee grounds can get trapped into this, especially if you are using a finer ground of coffee. Run your water in your faucet and hold your filter holder over the sink. It doesn't have to be hot, but make sure it's at least warm. Place your finger over the springy area that would be hit with a carafe and let the water run through. You may also check to see if you can slide around the bottom of the filter holder by the springy area, which will help sweep grounds from the area, which ALSO can be a problem of why the steam is present and not allowing coffee to come through. Once this is done, then you should be set to go. If you are using gold filters, mesh filters, or using too much coffee, this can cause the coffee to back up into the filter holder. Switch to paper for a while, and don't go cheaply with the filters.... get the Melitta ones!

Posted on Aug 22, 2012

  • rushfan3 Oct 29, 2013

    Oh one other thing. If you DO have the water filter attachment to the machine, remove the filter. Cleaning with the filter is not ideal.

  • rushfan3 Oct 29, 2013

    Also, when cleaning your machine and having a water filter, replace the water filter.

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Open the top panel where you normally pour in the water and set the coffee filter.

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You may find this a useful site in the future:

http://www.cuisinart.ca/cuisinart_product.php?item_id=63&product_id=58&cat_id=2

Your Instruction Booklet:

http://www.cuisinart.ca/pdf/ibs/en/DCC-1200C_en.pdf

It is likely that calcified deposits are gradually breaking away as you now use the coffee maker. Is your Self Clean light flashing? Instructions on decalcification and cleaningh begin on page 5 of your booklet.

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