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Water won't drip into coffee pot

I filled the water into the back as usual. The coffee maker sounds like it is working, making it's usual gurgle sounds. But no water is dripping into the pot. What can I do?

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  • Cynth129 Apr 25, 2008

    I posted for help on April 24th. Anybody got a solution as to why my coffee maker stopped dripping water into the coffee pot?

  • xavier321 Jul 07, 2008

    like Cynth129 my Mr. Coffee won't drip into coffee pot...please help me

    kennethzehir@sbcglobal.net kenny

  • brokemrcoffe Sep 19, 2008

    Water gurgles, heats, steams, but does not circulate or drip.  

  • spamella Mar 28, 2009

    My coffee maker is doing the exact same thing! At first when I noticed it I ran a couple of cycles of vinegar/water to try and flush it out. Possibly it was just circumstantial but it seemed to work better at first. Now it's back to its same old tricks. Everything else appears to be working fine. . .

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SOURCE: slow water drip

First of all it depends on the hardness of the water. Vinegar doesn't really work in the heavy lime belt area of the midwest. It is better if you use lime away. It is an ecolab product that is great at lime removal. Use one cup per pot. Then rinse two pots worth if this is the kind of machine that uses the same water that is put in during each brew cycle. Some brewers have a reservoir. Bunnomatic is an example of that kind of brewer. If you use lime away in that kind of brewer you need to run about thirty pots to remove all the lime scale remover from the brewer. Slow brewing can also be caused by over softened water. I drove from Indy to Iowa after installing a brewer and then a day later the store put in a softener and over softened the water causing the coffee filter to clog up with sodium. Also check the sprayer disc or head where the water comes out. Over time coffee "paste" will build up around the outlet and if you don't wipe it clean or "smear" the coffee grounds around the outlet that will slow down the brewing cycle. I have thirty years as a brewer technician and it is usually one of the things I have covered, providing that the heat element isn't defective.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Water steams away and nothing drips into the caraffe

I had this problem too and finally found a fix for it.

I don't know if the cause of this issue is the same for everyone experiencing the problem, but the issue for me was hard water. The fix is to run vinegar mixed with water through the machine quite a few times, until it starts to run normally.

If you do have hard water issues, it's recommended that you run vinegar or citric acid through the machine about once a month, to keep deposits from building up.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: bunn omatic model F20 doesn't stop dripping

Check out:

http://whles.com/General%20Mtx%20Knowledge%20%20Tony%20Roach/BunnOMatic%20F35%20F20%20F15%20x.pdf

This is the free full service manual F15, F20 & F35 complete with troubleshooting section at the rear. This section has easy, plain english steps to follow to solve this very problem (others, too).

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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SOURCE: How does it make coffee?

You fill it to the line indicating how many cups of coffee you want to make. Then you add coffee to the brew basket, at least 1 full heaping teaspoon per cup. Put the basket on top of the stem and place the stem into the coffee maker. Put the lid on and plug it in. That's it. Don't plug it in without the lid, it's a percolator. It will squirt the water out the top of the stem and it flows down through the coffee grounds.

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: takes forever to make a pot of coffee

Decalcify the water holder. Run some CLR and water thru the brew cycle.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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