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Coffee brews and then immediately shuts off Cuisinart DCC-1200

We have a Cuisinart coffee maker that has worked well for years but now is having problems. When you brew a pot the machine goes through the brew cycle then sounds the alarm but instead of the craft heater staying on for the additional hour (or however long it stayed on) it immediately shuts down. I am looking for any help with this one. I have tried adjusting the craft temp setting and have tried not using the auto timer but still having the same problem. If i figure it out I will post the solution. Thank you

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  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2007

    The above solution from AYOUNG is the fix

  • MarthaS Apr 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. The coffee brews and the alarm sounds; however, then it shuts down. I have the auto off programmed for 4 hrs. I have replaced the water filter.

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    I was having the same problem. once the coffee was brewed it shut off instead of keeping the coffee hot. Thanks to AYoung's solution my problem is solved.

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    I tried the reset of the auto off to 4 hours and also tried cleaning and decalcifying. Lastly tried unplugging for about half an hour- no success- it still shuts off.

  • adallon1 Jan 24, 2009 worked!!

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    gourmetalice Jul 02, 2012

    Thank you Thank you! I was ready to toss out my coffeemaker. I reset the machine by running it to zero and back to 2 hours and now it works fine. I'm so grateful for this easy cheap tip.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Machine used to stay on for two hours after it brewed and now it shuts off


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To program the Variable Auto Off: 1. Turn the FUNCTION KNOB to the ?Auto Off? position. Press and hold the ?Hour? button for 2 seconds. The clock display will start blinking. 2. Program the coffeemaker to shut off from zero to four hours after brew cycle is finished by using the ?Hour? and ?Minute? push-buttons. (see ?To set the time?)

Posted on Jun 28, 2007

  • Joanne280 Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks so much! I only had my coffee maker 1 year and it just started happening to me. I did as you suggested and it worked. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2011

    I am so glad I read this. I also had this problem ever since we had a power surge. I thought the brewer was damaged. This was an easy and inexpensive fix. Thank you.


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SOURCE: Cuisinart DCC-1200 brewing temperature

Hello ditommm,
Not to worry, I think I can help. On the face of your DCC-1200, there are two black switches. The right one adjusts the carafe temperature. With the white line to the left you get a lower carafe temperature. With it all the way to the right you get the highest (hottest) temp. Of course, in the middle, you get a medium temp. I use mine with the lowest temp so that I don't end of scalding my lips and tongue when I drink my coffee. Use this bit of info to adjust your carafe temps. If you are looking to cause the actual brewing temp I don't know of a way to do that. Coffee needs to be brewed at the set temp in order to break down the elements of the ground coffee. I hope this is what you were looking for in an answer and that it is helpful. If it is, please consider leaving positve feedback for me. I will certainly appreciate it. Good luck! Regards, NormanZ

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SOURCE: Coffee tastes like plastic!

Will improve with time. Run lemon juice per every cup of water for the first month or so. What can I say - it's a mostly plastic coffee maker. Also, try using the charcoal water filters.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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Why does me Cuisinart coffee maker shut its self off immediately after brewing

You seem to have the AUTO OFF feature programmed to zero hours. You can set it up to 4 hours in 1-hour increments. Once you have set AUTO OFF to something greater than zero, you can
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The machine is designed to shut off after the brewing cycle after a period of time which you can manually set anywhere from 0-4 hours. Check your setting to make sure that it is set for a reasonable amount of time for you. We have the user manual at the link provided: DCC-1200 Manual. If you run into more issues with the auto off there might be a problem with the board in your machine. If that is the case you will have to call Cuisinart directly to get a repair auth for the machine.

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Hello FloydBob, The Cuisinart DCC-1200 has the ability to program the auto-off function that keeps your coffee warmer plate on after brewing is complete.

The unit lets you select the time increments from zero up to 4 hours.

See page 6 of the attached manual for the full instructions for reprogramming the coffee maker.

To program the Variable Auto Off:
1. Turn the FUNCTION KNOB to the “Auto Off”
position. Press and hold the “Hour” button
for 2 seconds. The clock display will start
2. Program the coffeemaker to shut off from
zero to four hours after brew cycle is
finished by using the “Hour” and “Minute”

I figured you might also like to have a complete instruction/owners manual so you can have access for any other questions you might have about your coffee maker, in the future.

I hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Coffee brews, then it immediately shuts off.

When you set the time for the machine to remain on after brewing you may have set it to zero. Am I in the ballpark?

After brewing coffee does not stay hot.

Unplug the coffeemaker for one full hour.
When you replug it, go to Auto-Off - change the time from "2:00" to "4:00", and then brew another pot. Immediately after the brewing is done, set the coffeemaker back to Auto-Off and see if your problem is resolved.
If not, it may have deeper problems. These coffeemakers have a 3-year warranty - call Cuisinart to see if you are still in-warranty.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Its not making the coffee its just makes a little then stops

You both may have deeper issues, but it is definitely not too new to be decalcified. It is very much worth a shot. I have a Cusinart coffeemaker and a Cuisinart espresso maker, and both of them needed to be decalcified in the first month (of course, I live in an area with hard water).

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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My DCC-1200 won't turn on

I called Cuisinart. There is no way to fix it. If your coffee maker is still under warranty (3 years) they will replace it. Otherwise, its next stop is the landfill.
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