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My Cusinart DC-1200 coffee maker takes a long time to brew and it will only brew about 8 cups with 12 cups of water being used. Problem just started. Regular filter - no paper - not gold being used. All internal components that I can get to have been cleaned. Please advise. Thanks.

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Hi, sounds like the boiler element is faulty. Should start brewing quite quickly. A boiler thermostat could also be at fault. Dazza REPAIRER

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