Sorry to bother you but the allen screw on the back of the ODC 325 is tamper proof, where do I find one that fits and do you know what size it is? My coffee maker won't transfer/heat the water and send it to the basket. Do you think I need the entire heating element or just the thermostat and fuse? (that's if I can get the screws out) thank you!
By sticking a small screwdriver where the pin is inside the torx type fastener, I was able to break the pin. Then a torx 10 or 15 will easily unscrew the screw. Maybe an allen wrench would as well, if it would fit.
A rather costly 35 dollars or so (plus shipping) heating element incl thermostat is available, if indeed that is the problem. You might as well find someone selling a used unit on ebay, after paying that much.
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Used/Cannibaliized Replacement parts for ODC 325 B&D Spacemaker Coffee Makers are regularly sold on eBay, including the entire water reservoir or even the water valve in bottom of the reservoir (the leaky old one can be pushed out from the inside of the reservoir, and a non-leaking used replacement valve can be pressed in in its place).I sometimes buy an old broken ODC 325 cheaply on eBay as a source of parts.
Replacement ODC 325 water reservoirs no longer for sale.
I keep a second ODC 325 machine for canibalization. The black rubber water valve assambly can be repaired (I did it 2 weeks ago) but it takes some creativity.
I agree that abtec isn't cheap when it comes to shipping costs, but they're the only company I've found that even offers repair parts for the ODC325. If you don't want to buy just the thermostat, the entire heating element + thermostat is available as well, in which case you just unplug the old unit and plug in the new unit. Soldering the thermostat isn't that hard if you're handy with a soldering iron.
if the screw has an internal star configuration then it is a torx screw. torx drivers are easy to come by. you may even find an allen wrench might fit it. another is a three slot driver, then there is a one way screw that has flats for screwing in but ramps that push the regular screwdriver off it. use a diagonal cutting plier and press it tightly in the screw head and rotate counter clockwise.