I actually did call customer services @ 1 877 207 0923 (Option 4) and give them the model (169164). They suggested that I should take back and got a replacement, since still under warranty period, won't cost me a penny more...
Anyhow.. thks for the suggestion...
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Re: GE Cofee MAker Model: 169164
Most failures of coffee makers are related to thermal fuses which have opened and interrupted the current flow to the heating element.
Often, they failed for no particular reason but replacing the fuses would probably cost as much as tossing the whole machine.
Yeah, I know, I don't like it either.
Before retirement, I earned my living fixing stuff we can now buy cheaper new.
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Step 1: Plug Brewer in and turn power "ON". Step 2: Pour approximately 64 oz of the vinegar into the Brewer until 4 beeps signal the tank is full. Step 3: Wait about 6 - 8 minutes for the vinegar to heat up and the green "READY" light to go on. Step 4: Place a ceramic mug in the Drip Tray and run a brew cycle. DO NOT USE A K-CUP...just press the Brew button. Step 5: Repeat the brew process 4 or 5 times pouring the contents of the mug back into the Brewer after each cycle. Step 6: Now let the Brewer stand for 4 hours while still on. Step 7: Place a ceramic mug on the Drip Tray and run 4 brew cycles, pouring the contents of the mug into the sink after each cycle. Step 8: Turn the brewer off, let the remaining vinegar cool, and drain the brewer as instructed above. CAUTION: Vinegar may still be hot. Remember to replace the Drain Cap. c. RINSE Step 1: Fill the brewer with hot tap water. Step 2: Power up brewer. Step 3: Wait about 6-8 minutes for the water to heat up and the Green "Ready" Light to go on. Step 4: Place a ceramic mug on the Drip Tray and run a brew cycle. Step 5: Repeat brew process 4 times for a total of 5 cycles. Step 6: Drain the brewer as instructed above. CAUTION: Water may be hot. Remember to replace the Drain Cap. Step 7: You may need to rinse again to eliminate any residual taste.
I replaced my broken carafe on model: 169164 by purchasing a RIVAL 12 cup coffee maker PIL-HC08104 from WalMart for $10.24 and simply put my black handles on the new pot whaic had white handles. The pot appear to be exactly the same.
3 beeps sound and E:rr flashes on LCD display (31)
prog (24) was pressed before clock time was set
auto (23) was pressed while no program was stored
TSB was pressed (25) before brew cycle was complete
Set clock time, then set the program
Set the program first.
Wait until brew cycle is complete and 2 beeps sound
A couple of people on here mentioned he filtration system, or charcoal filter that is in the
water resovoir as being problematic. We removed it. This morning the pot brewed entirely.
Not sure how that all is inter-connected, but it worked.
It's probably time for a good cleaning. Follow the procedure in the manual, or get some commercially available coffee maker cleaner. When the minerals build up enough, the water flow and heating is reduced enough to keep it all from passing through.
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This information is for the GE model number 169164 12 cup digital coffee maker. The Micro fuse is shorted open. There are two underneath the housing. They are made by MICROTEMP® and are the G400 series rated at 216 Degrees Centigrade.
You can check these with a Ohm meter to see if you have continuity. Checking across the leads of each one they should show infinity. If not you've identified the bad one. You can pick up a new thermal fuse at Radio Shack. The closest one to the specs of the Microtemp is a Radio Shack part number 270-1321 rated at 228 Degrees Centigrade. Before removing the old one notice which way the hat end faces. Use a heat sink when soldering the new thermal fuse in place by using alligator clips or a pair of pliers.Reassemble and your back in business as a Barista.
Note: There are four Phillips head screws under the rubber pads. The three unusual screw heads may be removed/installed with a small screwdriver installed in just one of the slots.
After endless online searches yielding the same results (nothing useful), I figured out how to reset this coffee maker.
While coffee maker is plugged in and the evil little blue light is mocking you relentlessly, press and hold the 1-4 button and the TSB button simultaneously for 3 seconds or so. This will cause the device to exit it's error status and allow normal use of it.