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Vintage Sunbeam C50 doesn't heat enough to perk.

It seems to be in perfect condition, and gets warm, but won't "perk". By the brew/warm switch it looks like a light should come on, but it doesn't. Can we fix, or is there someone who does repair? Thanks! It is such a pretty pot I would love to be able to use it.

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Hi. If you have a light on your coffee pot the model # should 122. A 12 cup older pot. I can fix it for you but you should consider the cost. I only charge for thr parts you need. Shipping both ways is about 10.00 , Max on the repair will be 15.00. My email is callahanronals@att.net Good luck. Ron

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