Question about Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker
Appliance is Cuisinart Coffee & Hot Water System CBCW-24C Series Need to open it up to repair water leak on hot water dispenser side of unit. Probably froze when water left in over winter and plastic water reservoir or water heater tank has sprung a leak. Need unit diagram for dismantling unit and attempting to repair leak. Took out all screws on outside of appliance but still could not open unit. There is some special way of opening it up but it does not work so far for me. Need coaching ...
Water leaking in the DGB-600 is mainly caused by heated water escaping from its proper path. There is a rubber grommet on the underside of the upper part of the coffeemaker. (It contacts the lid over the filter basket when the front door is closed.) The design in this area is very poor; the grommet does not seat properly in the fixed part of the coffeemaker, and heated water seeps out. Also, the heated water tube that comes up through the cold water reservoir is actually in 2 pieces. One goes inside of the other, but there is no seal. It is a loose enough fit that some steam escapes, condenses on the inside top surface of the coffeemaker, and then finds its way down to add to the leaking. I completely disassembled my coffeemaker (3 of the screws in the upper compartment are hidden under small circular plugs that look like they are part of the plastic surface), and used high temperature automotive RTV sealer to help the rubber grommet seal better, and to seal the 2-piece hot water tube. Works great now! But I must say that I have seen better engineering in childs' toys!
Posted on Aug 12, 2008
I was having problems like this and then I read on a different string on this website that people have had success by flushing the system numerous times (sometimes up to six times) with vinegar. I took out the charcoal filter and flushed once with vinegar but only saw a small amount of improvement. I was out of vinegar so I used Lemishine mixed with water and it went from making one cup to making a full pot with one flush.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
SOURCE: Leaks water out overnight
I bet it leaks from the back, right? If it does, it has the same problem as my dad's.
You have a leak in the back of the holding tank. Fill it up, turn it around, without plugging it in, and watch for the water leak. If it's in a spot that you can see, then use some caulking to seal the leak. That should work. If not, it is leaking out from inside the plastic holding tank. Not much you can do but buy a new one.
Posted on Mar 01, 2009
This is a really common problem with the cuisinarts. I am most familiar with the DCC-1200, but you may be able to solve the problem. This an indication that something is plugged up. Open the top of the unit and in one of the corners you should find a filter stick or column that is removable. Pull it out and open it up to clean out the clogged up carbon filter in there. (You can later buy a new filter on Amazon.) Clean out the debris from the bottom of the cavity. Replace the stick into the cavity once cleaned. Now it's time to run through a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Do this once or twice with fresh solutions, then with a pot of fresh water. When the filter stick is plugged up the sensor says its time to clean it, but most people don't know about this fix. I hope this is really helpful to you, dhubert14. Positive feedback is appreciated. Good luck. NormanZ
Posted on Jul 09, 2009
SOURCE: Coffee tastes like plastic!
We have had our DCC-1200 for 3 months. The plastic taste occurs about every 3rd pot, and it does NOT get better. We've wasted over a pound of coffee. Cuisinart says we are the only people in the world with the problem. Well, I guess not...
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
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You need to advise the model .. but assuming its the CVA 40XX series ... the frist thing to check is the dispenser which has the two pipes comming out of the bottom. This can get coffee residue build up which usually causes 1 or both pipes to have reduced coffee flow. Indication that this is at fault are if the flow is uneven between the pipes or if coffee flows down the outside of dispenser. You can chck this pipework for blocages by openeing door and blowing air though the pipe extending on inside of door. The the dispenser is blocked you need to remove from rear of door and then clean out thoroughly in running water. If this pipework is not and
You need to advise the model .. but assuming its the CVA 40XX series ... here is what I would do;
1. First check is the coffee dispenser on front which has the two pipes coming out of the bottom. This can get coffee residue build up which usually causes one or both pipes to have reduced coffee flow. The indication that this is at fault is if the coffee flow is uneven between the pipes or if coffee flows down the outside of dispenser. You can also check the dispenser for blockages by opening door and blowing air though the pipe extending on inside of the door. The air should flow through easily. If the dispenser is blocked you need to remove from rear of door and then clean out thoroughly in running water.
2. Next check the pump and water path. The pump for the coffee is also used for producing hot water. So if the hot water is working normally then you can rule out the pump. If you not getting hot water then its likely to be the pump or a blockage in the flow through water heater.
3. If above OK then it's a fault with Brew Unit. Follow procedure to remove the brew unit, clean unit and test the air path through both pipes by blowing. Note: When you take out brew unit it not possible to access one of the pipes because its protected by a plastic shield. There is a manual procedure to manipulate the brew unit to expose this pipe so you can blow through it. However the likely cause is not a blockage in these two pipes but the stainless steel filter that the coffee must pass through. You will need an Allen key to remove the bolt holding this in place. Once removed you need to check all holes are free of blockage by inserting a very small wire in each hole. Alternately you can replace this part. If the filter is clogged then you should consider using a different type of coffee as some types coffees cause this problem and others do not.
I hope this helps. regards
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- Make sure that the filled water container is in the appliance.
- Turn the program selector to "On" with lighting and place a container under the hot water spout and another under the steam spout.
- Press the hot water button, turn the steam selector counterclockwise and dispense hot water until it flows in quiet, continuous streams.
- Press the hot water button again. Turn the steam selector clockwise to o, to turn off the water.
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