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Water heats up but is not delivered to basket

I received a 12 cup coffee maker FTX45 at Christmas. I have used it every day but two days ago when it was turned on it just made a lot of noise and steam. The water was never able to get into the filter basket. I have tried several more times with no success.

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  • clemmobile Nov 21, 2008

    Same problem. It generates a lot of steam and noise and just "spits" very little water at a time into the filter basket. What should take 5 minutes to brew now takes about 20. We replaced our last coffee maker (same model) when it started to do this, but it was two years old. This one is practically new, purchased about a month ago! This is a serious defect that should be addressed by the manufacturer.

  • funakifamily Nov 26, 2008

    Same problem. Spitting, steaming and gurgling but no water delivered to the filter and thus no coffee!

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    Got the 12-cup coffee maker for xmas, and it just huffs and puffs without making any coffee.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I turn the machine on. The heater starts working. Some water is pushed through the coffee. Then I hear what could be the heater clicking off and the water stops going through the coffee. Only 1/4 to 1/3 of the water goes through the filter when there is coffee in it. 1/2 of the water goes through when there is no coffee in the filter basket.

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This may not help but doesn't cost much to try-

Make sure all water is out of the tank and dump a cup of cheap vinegar into the tank, turn it on until you hear some activity and then turn it off and ignore it overnight.
Turn it on in the morning and let the vinegar pump (hopefully) through and then run a pot or two of water before you try to make coffee.

There is a crappy plastic-body & ball valve in the line that is the first victim of lime deposits.
Once that little valve is stuck, it won't pump.

Plan on getting another coffeemaker in 3 or so years when another non-user replaceable part, the bimetallic thermal switch gets tired and it then takes a hour or more to make a pot of coffee.

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