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Have had this coffee maker only 3 months, Model169123. It gets used once a day every day. You would think you could expect at the least that. It is now junk. Won't work at all. Stopped in the middle of brewing a pot. Looking at the bottom of the appliance it is clearly marked Wal Mart. Getting anything done about it is out of the question. Wal Mart just wants you to purchase another one. Can not disassemble and find parts because apparently we are not smart enough for that anymore. If you buy a product like this from a good retailer, such as Costco, they would stand behind what they sell. GE should be embarassed marketing this chinese junk for Wal Mart. Wal Mart has really got Paul Harvey snowed don't they. Wonder what they pay him?

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If it failed after working a short while, the thermal fuse used in all drip coffee makers is frequently failing and we have had exactly the same experience with another brand. Our toxic Chinese friends are making crappy thermal fuses along with about everything else. 

Replacing these is impractical since they are in a small metal case, pointed on one end with two coaxial leads permanently attached. Further, they are welded  to wiring under the warming plate to the heating element. The area is too hot for solder and ceramic wire nuts have to be used to replace the fuse and these are tough to find anymore. 
Bypassing them is a really bad idea since I know of one case where the thermal switch that causes the machine to cycle, failed, the heating element melted through the aluminum plate on the bottom and set fire to a kitchen counter. 
With the cost of labor being what it is, hardly any of these drip coffee makers are worth repairing. 

Posted on Sep 28, 2008


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