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Coffe maker turns on and drips a little into the filter then stops. The coffee grounds are still dry and it doesnt make coffee. The plate is hot. The coffees not.

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First check that the thermo switch is not opening at to low a temperature. Can you measure the hot plate temperature? It should be over 180 degrees. If not then it the thermo. I would replace the Thermo switch, These are not soldered in because of the heat application. You must use mechanical connections, such as crimp splicing.

The other option is that the water can't flow into the heating element Or from the element. There is a one way value in the feed path that needs to be checked that it is functioning. You can test it with straws on units that do not have a removable water tank. locate the water drain in the tank and take the straw and place it at that drain and blow hard. You should hear air flow through the unit and out the drip tank. You need a far amount of seal at the bottom for this to work, I built a ridged tube with a cup on the bottom. This will not work if there is a bar grid were the water is pored.

Good luck.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

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