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On/off switch does not appear to work... red light does not come on

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Hi there, Here's what I would do. First, I'd remove the plug from the wall - and plug it into the receptacle above or below - whichever one you took it out of, plug it into the other one. If there's still no power, try another receptacle. If this doesn't work, check your circuit breaker to make sure you haven't tripped a breaker. Also, if you have a GFI breaker nearby - that could've tripped, and you would need to reset it. Coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, etc. are famous for tripping circuits due to their high amperage. NEVER plug these small appliances into the same receptacle, or on the same circuit. Basically, you're making sure that you've checked all your power sources before narrowing it down to your coffee maker. Now I going to assume you know how to operate your coffee maker completely. If it's no longer under any kind of warranty, the easiest way to see if it's the switch is too connect the two wires together on that switch. Meaning, with the coffee maker unplugged - then take it apart as diligently as possible, trying to get to the switch. Take the two wires apart from the switch and connect (splice) them together - using a wire nut or, a real good tape job with electrical tape.If you have a multi-tester that measures ohms (resistance), put your two leads across the switch screws, or terminals. Before turning on the switch, you should have an open (no short) reading on your meter. Now turn the switch to the ON position and retest. Now you should get a closed (direct short) reading. If not, you have a bad switch. Then that could lead to another problem. But lets just focus on doing this first. If you would like, you can test your coffee maker by following my next directions. This will affirm and confirm that your switch is bad. So the next step is to put the coffee maker back to its original state (yes, your switch will have been removed - and now you've just bypassed the switch - running it directly off the wall receptacle). Now, the safe way to do this is to turn OFF the power to that receptacle...or bring the coffee maker to a receptacle in your garage or somewhere near your electrical panel where you know which circuit controls the plug. So, turn OFF the power, plug in the coffee maker with it in the ON position - and on brew, so when you turn on the circuit breaker switch - you're operating the coffee maker from a remote and safe distance in case of a malfunction of any kind. So before we go any further, try all this - and if it works, then you can go to your nearest appliance store (or if you know the store where it was bought) and buy a new one. When you purchase your new switch, just repeat the steps you did to take the switch out, and always make sure to turn OFF and unplug when working on it, or anything. I hope this helps and works for you. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. However, I think you'll find your problem here. And, it's really not that difficult. Just be patient, and everything will work out fine. Good Luck! - Jim

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • Jim May 16, 2010

    Hi JR, 
    I see your coffee maker's working. That's awesome! I hoped this helped. Feel free to contact me again if you have any other electrical problems that may arise. Have a great rest of the weekend! Jim

  • Jim May 16, 2010

    PS. and by the way, thanks for good rating. I appreciate it. Take care...:)

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