Question about Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker
Posted by cyberj50 on
I recently had this similar problem. If you still have your machine try the following.
Your described problem may be one of two problems. Let's start with the easier solution first. In the DCC 1200 there is a filter "stick or column" in the left rear. Pull it out and remove the clogged carbon filter(s) that are in there. Shine a light into the receptacle and remove the debris in the bottom. It is likely that this is causing the problem with you machine needing to be started on multiple times. See if this solution works. If it does, you might run 8 cups of water and 4 cups of vinegar through to help decalcify the units plumbing. Do this once or twice and then rinse with at least one pot run-through of clean water. If this works then you are good to go.
Next, if this does not solve your problem we can do the following: unplug the unit and lay it on its back. You will need a #10 torx driver (hardware store if you don't have one) to remove the bottom cover plate. There are 4 torx screws holding it on. When removed, you will find 2 orange hoses. Carefully attempt to remove the left hose without splitting. I used an eyeglass screwdriver to loosen it up. If it splits, just cut off the split and stretch it to reconnect when time comes. As you look into the hose you will find a little black valve inside as well a some gunk. Clean it all out with a fine wire as best you can. Rinse well. Attempt to reconnect the hose back onto the pipe. Slip the pipe clamp back into place. Replace the cover and screws and you should be good to go again. This is not as daunting as it may seem. You can do it. :o) Good luck! If this answer helps, please leave positive feedback for me. Much appreciated. Regards, NormanZ
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
I cleaned my Melitta and then took bottom off and removed the two clear silicone tubes and made sure there was no gunk in the metal tube that runs in a u shape against the heating element. Then I looked at the cold water inlet tube that has the check valve right near where it connects to the bottom of fill tank. That looked fine. I looked at the filter basket that has the 'pause and pour' feature of an insert with a spring and a silicone gasket that when the filter basket is in place, the unit lid down, and the carafe on the heating element, the lid of the carafe has a raised bump that applies pressure to this spring loaded stopper. I checked it and the spring seemed to have lost its tension and wasn't pushing against the bump on the lid very well. So I removed the spring and stretched it. It is better to buy a replacement spring as stetching it causes springs to loose their tensile strength, but I had none to switch out, so I stretched it pretty good and put it back in place. Now there was good pressure when the carafe lid pushed against the spring mechanism. I reattached all and with bottom left off, prepared a 4 cup amount of coffee, using 2 1/2 Tbsp. of ground Yuban. I carefully lifted the entire unit on top of three equal sized canisters to give me a view of what is going on underneath when the unit brews a pot of coffee. I was careful to make sure the unit did not wobble, or were any distractions. I plugged it in and turned the cycle on. It ran fine, until towards the end of the cycle. I could see all of the last remnants of water had emptied into the upper part of cold water inlet, below the check valve, and it due to the curve J shape of the cold water tube, the water wasn't traveling into the heating element tube as quickly as it should, so it kept hissing and sputtering and back flowing, but not beyond the check valve as it was the last bit of water. I carefully tilted the unit towards the front in the direction of the heating tube and it did fine then, traveling into the heating tube and traveling up the outlet tube. So, a good thing to look at if you coffee maker sputters, even after you've cleaned it and kept it clean and made sure the check valve doesn't have mineral deposits gunking it up, then check the level of your unit. Make sure it is level or just a bit tilted up in the back. I use folded bits of foil smashed into squares of equal depth and place them under the rear foot pads. You may need to tilt it in a different direction depending on which way the cold water inlet tube travels to the heating element. This worked for me.
I also found out my counter top has a low spot in the center area and high spot towards the front, and where I had it placed, its rear end was low enough to cause the imbalance in rate of flow.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
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