Saeco Renaissance Digital Drip Coffeemaker Black - TDCM-CC
Very slow brewing! We've used vinegar, etc. to descale it. There is a plastic hose in the guts of the machine which we think is the culprit. Can this be easily removed, reamed out and put back in place??
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Machine is screaming for descaling. The Calcium deposits in the system are slowing down heating.
Do not think of using Vinegar.
Do not use R.O water or consider water is very soft in your area. There is nothing like that.
I realize you think it does not need descaling to to it 'not being used much.'
However you may have hard water and I would think descaling is definitely worth a try. There might be scale built up on the water level probes in you machine.
There are a couple of things I am thinking for this:
If the espresso machine is not spraying the hot steam like it should it says in the manual to take apart the steam apparatus and clean with hot water then to run hot water through the device after each use to clean.
Furthermore, have you seen those CLR commercials? I am sure white vinegar would be fine to put through the machine. As far as the ratio is concerned use a low concentrate to start out like 1 to 3 then increase until desired results occur.
Just like any coffee or espresso maker, descaling is a process that needs to be done periodically. If your location has hard water, you may need to descale more often than elsewhere, but it's nothing to worry about. It's just a chemical process that occurs as the result of mineral deposits from the water collecting on the elements inside the coffee maker. I'm sure that coffee manufacturers will sell you tablets for descaling, but I've always just used undiluted white vinegar as the reactant. To do this, I recommend:1. Empty all of the water from the reservoir.2. Fill with undiluted white vinegar.3. For this type of coffee maker, brew as many cups as it takes to empty the reservoir, being sure to dump each cup in the sink as it finishes.4. Once you've run through all of the vinegar from the reservoir, refill with water and run a few cycles to rinse. (You may want to leave the water to soak for a while to give the residual vinegar further time to clean off the minerals.)5. Fill again with water and rinse.6. Once you've emptied the reservoir a second time with the water, your machine should be adequately descaled and ready to brew coffee again!
"Scale" is deposits of minerals, etc. normally found in water. Boiling a container of water (in a pot, or coffee maker in this case), leaves small amounts or "deposits" of these minerals on and near the actual heat source. If not removed, they can slow brewing time and more importantly, adversely affect the taste of coffee.
Descaling should be done at regular intervals to prevent this from happening. Your machine lets you know when to perform the descaling task. There are a number of products sold in your supermarket that will do this for you - but one of the least expensive; and just as effective - is to use white vinegar. Here's how to do it:
1) Drain your Keurig coffee machine over a sink. 2) Fill the machine with undiluted white vinegar. 3) Run the brew process at least four times, pouring the cups of vinegar back into the coffee maker. 4) Optionally, let your Keurig coffee maker sit for a few hours, then run the brew
cycles again. Pour the vinegar into the sink and drain any remaining
vinegar. 5) Fill your coffee maker with fresh water. Run
multiple brew cycles with fresh water each time to thoroughly rinse the machine before returning to normal
I know this will help & good luck. Please rate my reply - thanks!
Hi, RICHBURG511.Sounds like similar a problem I had with my Keurig Coffee maker.Your pump may be plugged with mineral deposit build-up (calcium) from the minerals normally found in your water.Do you use regular tap water or filter it in any manner? When was the last time you de-scaled your Keurig? Empty your reservoir of water, and pour a bottle of white vinegar into the reservoir.Run the maker through several cycles to ensure the vinegar has worked its way throughout the ‘guts’ of your maker, and then let it sit for 2-4 hours. Empty any remaining vinegar from the reservoir and then cycle at least two full reservoirs of water through to flush the vinegar out.When you stop smelling vinegar in your coffee cup, you’ll know when there’s no vinegar left inside. Here’s the ‘poop’ straight from Keurig, direct. Just follow the links.
The Coffee Maker can be descaled using
a packaged descaling agent or vinegar.
Always mix the descaling solution using
• When using a descaling agent, follow
the directions on the package for the
recommended amounts of descaling
agent and water to use.
• When using vinegar, fill the carafe with
a solution consisting of 1⁄2 vinegar and
1. Before descaling, always remove the
water filter (see “Installing the Ion-
Exchange Water Filter” on page 7) and
make sure the brew basket contains
no coffee or coffee filters.
2. Run the Coffee Maker through a
complete brewing cycle using a full
carafe of the descaling solution.
3. If the cleaning needed indicator lights
after the brewing cycle is complete,
repeat Step 2 using fresh descaling
solution. Keep repeating Step 2 until
the cleaning needed indicator no
longer lights after brewing.
4. Rinse the Coffee Maker by running
it through two brewing cycles using a
full carafe of fresh, cool water
5. Wash the brew basket in hot, soapy
water and rinse with hot water. This
part can also be washed in the upper
rack of the dishwasher.
6. Reinstall or replace the water filter.
Replace the filter every three months
under normal usage, or more often
with heavy use.