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Hello. Bunn coffeemaker VPR Series. When water is poured in coffee starts to make. Carafe gets about 1/3 full and then just drips through filter for about 5 minutes. Never makes full pot.

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VPS/VPR are pour over brewers. Like the 12 cup brewers you find at home, they need to be filled with 12 cups of water (a full pot), heated and then peculated over the coffee grounds and collected in a decanter.
BUT there is one main difference! The VPR and similar COMMERCIAL coffee machines are quick brewers. They usually have a pre-heated pot of water stored inside the machine.
* VPR's and similar machines REQUIRE a pre-fill and heating period prior to brewing. This means it's sitting on a level table and filled with water until water sprays from the brew head. At this point the unit is plugged in and the heater is turned on (there may be some water discharge from brew head as the water expands). Ready light will come on in about 15 mins.
* To Brew; Place coffee grounds in filter, place in funnel and brew head, clean empty decanter under funnel, slowly pour one full decanter of water (cold or hot) into brew tray. Do not overflow tray. Allow water level to sink before adding more water. Only fill with one pot as an equal amount will come out the brew head and funnel.
* Make sure the decanters are all the same size. do not mix a 12 cup pot with a 10 cup pot. One will over fill and the other will under fill. Make sure they match (in cup volume) FYI; Thermo Air pump pots are usually bigger than one pot. Typical filling only to 3/4th of the container. (I think most are in 2.5 to 3 liter sizes)
* If your not getting a full pot then the brewer was partially empty. The second brew (if done within the next hour) should come out full.
* If your still not getting a full pot then the water is leaking or is boiling off. Does it always steam from the top? Thermostat is shorted. Unplug the brewer and call vendor for service.
* Final; If your unplugging when not in use. Then follow the Pre-heat instructions mentioned above prior to plugging the brewer back in. If the tank has been emptied at night or dried up after an idle week. Then there is a chance you may over heat and blow the thermal fuse. Or at best have a half pot short brew as the water dried up.
* Note leaving the brewer plugged in without brewing daily is not a good idea. The water evaporates and eventually drys out the pot. Takes about 1-2 weeks but it does blow the fuse(s) and the unit will need service.
* Final; Follow the Bunn set up and care instructions (manuals from Bunn.com for down loading. *FREE*)
Aloha, ukeboy57

Posted on Jan 20, 2018

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The Bunn coffee machine has an internal tank used for holding approx three potfulls of water at just below brewing temperature. When you add water for a potful, the thermostat senses cold water and starts the brew heater. The water level inside the tank comes up and goes through the sprayhead. This "surge" of water, that you call drips is normal. The hot water stratifies to the top of the tank, just like an electric water tank in a house. The internal pot heater kicks in and boils the water already in the tank, raising the water level in the siphon pipe to the sprayhead until the reservoir under the add water opening is empty.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007

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Danobegood

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SOURCE: Bunn coffee drips slow

I had the same issue, poured in 8 and out came 6. Here's what I did to clean and fix.
1) Unplug the NHB
2) Remove accessories like the pot and basket
3) Bring NHB over to the sink
4) Snap off the entire top cover (not the swing lid) by starting at the front and lifting upward (the top cover is about 1/4" thick). The back of the top cover will pivot a bit and then pop off exposing the pour reservoir. Remove the flow stopper inside the pour reservoir by lifting it straight up.
5) Place the top cover and flow stopper aside.
6) Remove the brew diffuser (located underneath the top where the brew basket goes. Twist counterclockwise gently but forcefully enough to snap it past the lock tabs which hold it in place. You'll know that it you've done this correctly when it just falls out.
7) Still over the sink, tip the NHB in a fashion where the back side is facing upward and the brew side is facing down into the sink. You'll be holding the NHB horizontally by the top and bottom of the unit. This will allow any water in the tank to pour out the brew spout. Begin to tip the unit as if tipping upside down as this will allow any remaining water to drain out. If this does not work the brew spout hose may be clogged and you can just tip the unit entirely upside down to empty it from the fill hole in the pour reservoir.
8) Return the NHB to the upright position in the sink.
9) Using a scotch brite sponge and some baking soda, clean the inside of the pour reservoir and rinse.
10) Using the tool Bunn provided, clean out the brew spout hose which is located under the brew hat. This is the little hole where the water comes out. If you don't have the tool Bunn provided you could use something like a plastic tie-wrap. Don't use anything metal as the hose you're cleaning is made of plastic tube and could become punctured. Clean this hose for just a minute or two to ensure that there are no significant obstructions.
11) With the NHB upright in the sink, pour a slow stream of hot water from the faucet, about two cups, directly into the fill hole located in the pour reservoir.
12) Tip the unit horizontally, as in step 7, and place the tip of your finger over the pour reservoir fill hole covering it completely.
13) Shake the unit back and forth horizontally so the water in the tank splashes around and frees anything which may be built up in the tank. Some water may splash out of the brew spout hose.
14) Tip the unit as in step 7 to drain the tank water out.
15) Fill a 16 ounce glass with hot water and 2tbsp baking soda, mix and pour into the pour reservoir fill hole.
16) Repeat steps 13 and 14 once.
17) Repeat steps 11 through 14 three times.
18) Clean the pour reservoir cover, swing lid and flow stopper.
19) Put the flow stopper back in place.
20) Attach the top cover.
21) Clean the exterior of the NHB.
22) With the boil and warmer switches off, plug the NHB into the electrical outlet.
23) Turn the boil and warmer plate switches on.
24) Fill the NHB with one pot of cold water and close the swing lid. Wait one minute.
25) Fill the NHB with another pot of cold water. Place the pot on the warmer plate and close the swing lid. If water does not yet come out, fill with one more pot of water.
26) Allow water to drain from brew spout until it stops draining.
27) Empty pot.
28) Fill pot to 10 cup line and pour into the NHB. You should find that the NHB now delivers 10 cups back to the pot. Empty the pot.
29) Clean brew spout diffuser and replace back in the brew hat.
30) Clean the pot, pot lid and brew basket.
31) Wait ten minutes for the water in the tank to boil.
32) Brew your coffee as you normally would.

The only issue I experienced during this process was with the warmer plate switch. It appeared that the light in the switch blew although the warmer plate still warmed normally. Shortly after the water in the tank started boiling the warmer switch light started operating again.

Posted on May 23, 2008

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Bunn Coffee machine only makes 1/2 pot

Alfaroo is absolutly right on, The thermostat is either set to high or is malfuntioning The water in the tank is boiling and as it expands it has no place to go but right throw the sprayhead tube and into the brew basket.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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Ernest R

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The grind on your coffee is too fine, and if not there is too much coffee in the basket, hence the overflow.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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Bob Sloan

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Your spray head has 5 to 6 little holes depending on the model and year, and it looks like you have scale, calcium or lime blocking them.
Since your model is a VPR pour model, you will have less trouble cleaning it with white vinegar than the permanent water connection type. I use a gallon of vinegar and filters for this.

Parts needed:
2 Clean, Rinsed Empty coffee cans
1 Gallon of White vinegar
5 coffee filters
1 Toothbrush, preferrably angled head

Start with your Bunn turned off and place an empty full size coffee can under the pour spout. Now place a filter in the brew basket to catch any fine particles you don't want poured back in the resevoir and heater. You will need to change this filter a few times as the trash starts coming out of your spout.

With the coffee can, brew basket, and a fresh empty filter in place you want to start pouring the vinegar in the tank while catching the water with the coffee can. As it fills with water you will need to dump the can down the drain until the full gallon of vinegar has been poured in the Bunn. Allow the excess water to finish flowing out into the coffee can making sure to leave half the water in the can to pour back into the coffee maker.

By now your tank should be filled with mostly white vinegar, and your coffee can should be at least half full of vinegar as well.
Now you can turn on the lower pot warmer to keep the solution hot and plug your Bunn into the outlet.

Allow 8 to 10 minutes for the heater to heat up and pour the half full coffee can of vinegar into the fill area. Allow the cycle to complete and replace the filter as needed, or if flow begins to slow down.
If your heads are clogged, use the toothbrush to clear the holes as the vinegar is flowing until you see all holes flowing vinegar.

Chunks of trash will dislodge in your heater tank and flow to your spray head, so keep that toothbrush ready.

Do this at least 5 times, then allow the Coffee maker to sit 30 minutes with the heater on to finish dissolving the lime and calcium deposits in the tank.

After 30 minutes start flushing the system with clean water to rinse out all of the vinegar, or until you can no longer smell vinegar in the coffee can.

Good Luck!

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

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