Question about Faberware FCP280 Coffee Maker
Coffee does not perk long enough and does not get hot. Are thermostats available for home installation? Hate to throw it away as it was a Christmas gift and not very old. Just bought a 4-C pot but it is too small. Are the thromostats interchangeable? Thank you for your help on this matter.
Hi, I just posted this for the FCP412 model: here it goes again.
I've had the same problem, I went with a percolator since our water is hard and we calcify the heating element within about a year. Having the FCP-412 stop working has made me angry as well.
1st, I placed an order for a P04-303 thermostat. It seems to be the correct replacement but we'll see. You can find it here: http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_fa-p04-303_farberware-p04-303-thermostat-for-coffemaker-urn.htm
2nd, here is my 1 cent fix. Really, insert a penny under the thermostat. The delay that it takes to additionally heat the penny will increase the duration that the 1000 Watt element is on. You can experiment with other materials just make sure it isn't flammable (it's next to the element) and it is not too insulate (you want the thermostat to open the circuit some time after the start of the heating cycle (3-3:30 minutes).
Good luck. -david
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
I have a 4 cup farberware electric coffee pot which I have described the problem before. I talked to farberware service and they directed me to make sure the little metal washer/ring on the bottom of the tub moved freely, I cleaned it really good with some automatic dishwasher detergent, and now it works fine. Before it didn't seem to perk long enough, the coffee was weak and the coffee was not very hot. Now it perks for much longer, I can smell the fresh coffee aroma and it almost MAC-D's hot. I thought it was a Thermostat also but the service guy said most times it was that the ring gets gummed up with coffee oils and stuff. It didn't look gummed up but it didn't move freely either. I cleaned it and it's been working great for over two weeks.
Posted on Jan 20, 2008
I've had farberware percolaters for the last 40 years. I noticed the last 15 years that they don't last very long anymore. I was buying them every year. This time, it went through it's cycle of "tea" colored coffee, then finally died. Since it was going to be ANOTHER pot that I had to trash, I banged it on my tile counter 6-8 times out of frustration - and IT WORKS NOW!!
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
I have repaired a number of Farberware pots using new P04-303 thermostats from Goodmans, Cerini Coffee and others. To make them last, I use silver-bearing solder to bond the round rivet ends to the flats of the electrical spades. It can be done on a used thermostat but it's difficult due to the discoloration and oxidization that occurs during use. If you mod a new thermostat with a couple of drops of well placed solder, well tinned to the rivets and tabs, the thermostat will last a very, very long time.
Posted on Jan 12, 2015
Farberware was bought by a Chinese company and isn't the Farberware your mother used any more. This coffee pot problem is epidemic with no suppor, it is Not a spring problem 99% of the time.. There is a thermostat that controls the electric flow underneath to the heater. Apparantly this is the most likely culprit. Not sure yet where to get another one. It is easily changed with a Phillips Screwdriver. It shouldn't be more than $5 so find one and give it a try. If it is supplied by the manufacturer, it will most likely go again under 1 year. Buy a Newco OCS-8.
Posted on Jan 20, 2008
Coffee taste "soapy", "plasticly"
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
If your pot heats up but does not perk the coffee strong enough the problem could be the spring attached to the center support that runs up through the grind stainer. I found that if the spring lost it's tension or came off the center post than the basket would not "perk" and the coffee grinds would not blend with the water. Replace the spring and the coffee was fine
Posted on Jan 03, 2008
For solution No.2, is the washer attached to the stem? I have the 8-cup. I cleaned the waster on the bottom of the stem. I have to try it next to see if it works. My coffee was also weak and warm.
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
Most electronics have a 1 year warranty, if you could find out were it came from you could take it back and get store credit for it. I wish I could help you more, but on this sort of thing I can't imagine there is much you can do other than that.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
.There is a thermostat that controls the electric flow underneath to the heater. that is the most likely culprit. but am not surewhere to get another one. but you can easily changed with a Screwdriver. It shouldn't be more than $8
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
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