I have been been having trouble with the filter basket sticking closed and opening during the brewing process. I wanted to take it apart to clean it thoroughly but I now understand that is not possible. I removed a screw that I thought might release it but it just held a small plastic cover and spring(beneath the slides.) I can't figure out how that spring goes back in - does anyone have a sevice diagram that could help me figure this out? Thanks!
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Re: Filter Basket door sticking/ opening during brew
Try this site [ nelson appliance dot com] they have parts for just about any kitchen appliance. they may have an exploded diagram for it or can steer you in the right direction for one. try the cuisinart site. cuisinart is in champlain ny.
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Many folks have reported this, the latching mechanism wears out eventually. We had the problem but discovered that the door on the basket wasn't getting completely closed. Now I make sure it's closed and haven't had any problem since. Hope this solves your issue - if not, keep an eye on yard sales, we picked up two at different times for $5 and now have parts to swap out - not much help for a failed latch though. Glad I never paid full price for it, even though it's a fairly good grinder/brewer.
There is a lever in the back of the carafe area that pivots and controls a spring loaged valve on the bottom of the removeable filter basket. This lever breaks easily. Pull the filter basket out and you can see the lever hanging down into the carafe "bay". (assuming it's not broken off entirely).
When you pull the pot out during brewing, the lever swings forward and allows the valve on the bottom of the filter basket to close. This shuts off the flow of coffee to avoid drips. The plastic lever is held in place underneath the valve by two round tab "ears". One of these ears can break off, causing the level to hang at an angle. This means the filter valve never completely opens, even if the pot is pushed in all the way. During brewing, the filter basket can't drain into the pot fast enough and overflows.
I fixed mine by going ahead and removing the damaged lever and then wedging the valve open. The spring loaded valve has a little drip "Spout" which hangs underneath the filter basket that directs the coffee into the pot. You can push in on the back of the drip spout and wedge something into the two slots at the back to hold the valve open. This let the coffee flow freely during brewing.
Open the reservoir lid. Remove the grinder
basket lid by using the recessed area on
each side of the lid. Then remove Grinder
Basket. Open Filter Basket Door. Remove
Filter Basket Cover, Filter Basket and Filter
The grinder basket, grinder basket lid, filter
basket and filter basket cover can be washed
in warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly, or
cleaned in the upper rack of the dishwasher.
Dry all parts after every use.
Try an experiment - brew a test cup, but use only a small amount of grounds in the brew basket (use a paper filter) [or else, put the grounds in the gold tone filter basket]. See if the machine makes coffee (albeit weak coffee). If it does not make coffee, see if the water is draining properly from the brew basket, or if it is leaking over the sides of the brew basket. Also, make sure the lid to the brew basket is completely open and in the correct position.
If you still get water only in the caraffe, replace the brew basket. The part costs about $11.95 with shipping - or even call Cuisinart to see if your 3-year warranty will cover the issue.
COFFEE PREPARATION PROCEDURES
1) Place filter into brew basket.
2) Put the proper amount of coffee into the filter.
3) Slide the brew basket into holder.
4) Place empty decanter on warmer located directly under the brew basket and turn corresponding warmer switch ON.
5) Pour decanter of fresh water through pour-in opening at top of brewer.
6) Hot water will be delivered through the sprayhead. This distributes the hot water evenly over the coffee bed within the brew basket. The coffee will drain from brew basket into the container below.
7) Red light indicates warmer is ON.
8) Before brewing next pot, remove brew basket from brew rails and dump filter into waste basket.