A Coffee Maker is the thing where you get your ground coffee grounds to make coffee. Simply, you put the coffee ground and filter into the coffee maker and prepare a coffee in a way you see fit.
And when it does not work as it supposed to, it becomes a matter of frustration and agony as you can’t enjoy the coffee in the usual routine.
Now, thinking about the usual coffee meals, you might think about repairing your coffee maker. And, fortunately repairing a coffee maker is simple.
So, before tossing out your coffee maker let’s get to know how to fix a coffee maker.
How to Fix a Coffee Maker? [Step by Step]
Normal fixes to coffee makers include repairing the on/off switch, thermostat, heating element, and warming component.
i) Fixing an On/Off Switch:
It is a simple device which controls the electric current for the continuation and discontinuation of the work of heating element and pump. And this key is very simple to test and replace.
- Unplug the coffee maker from the outlet and make sure of it.
- Unscrew the base and open it to check the back of the switch.
- Stick the test probes of the multimeter along with the terminals and turn on the switch. The circuit is closed now and should show availability as shown by the switch positions.
This availability and continuity test can be used in other components like the timers as they act as a switch while conducting electricity.
ii) Fixing a Drip Coffee Maker’s Thermostat:
In a Drip Coffee Maker, a thermostat constantly uses the heating element by controlling the electricity. And if it becomes faulty, it functions inaccurately. To check it in a drip coffee maker:
- First, unplug the connection and empty the reservoir. Unscrew the base ( A special head screw is needed, or you can show the base screw to a hardware store )
- Check the continuity of the thermostat by placing a multimeter probe at each end.
- If unresponsive, replace the thermostat of the same model or rating.
- Also, check the fuse and replace it if not working.
iii) Fixing a Percolator Coffee Maker’s Thermostat:
The thermostat has its same function but varies from the drip coffee maker. To test percolator coffee maker’s thermostat:
- Unplug the coffee maker, remove the coffee grounds and the filter, open and remove the base.
- Check the continuity of it.
- If the thermostat is in open circuit form, simply change and replace it. If the thermostat is soldered onto the wires and coffee maker, take it to an appliance repairing shop or if you can desolder it then replace the component.
iv) Fixing Heating Elements:
This is one of the most important problems to face in a coffee maker as coffee cannot be brewed without hot water.
To access the heating component either in the percolator or drip coffee maker, you have to open the base of the coffee maker.
- Remove the liquids, coffee grounds and empty the tube and open the base.
- Use the continuity tester or multitester to test the heating element. Disconnect it from the wires and check the conductivity of electricity in the heating element.
- If there is no conductivity of electricity, change the heating element with the same type. Mark the wires by using sign pen or masking tapes so that remember where to reconnect in the heating element.
v) Fixing Warming Components:
The warming component keeps the brewed coffee warm. Sometimes the heating and warming component is the same as the heating component is located just under the plate where you keep your carafe.
Some coffee makers have a warming element that remains “on” all day long. And, one of the most common causes of the faulty warming element is the leak in the tube which causes a short circuit.
To test and change the warming element:
- Open the lower end of the base of the coffee maker, find the warming component and disconnect it from the sensors and the wires.
- Check its continuity.
- Mark the wires and connectors for reconnecting it.
- Change the warming component if it’s not working properly.
2. What Can Go Wrong With a Coffee Maker?
Well, this step is a precaution in case you don’t know what it might cause the coffee maker to stop working or what components had stopped working in it.
Mainly, the components that could get it to stop working are:
- On/Off switch
- Electric cords
- Heating Components
Now, there are some exceptions. For instance, you could get your coffee running again by applying it to be cleaned thoroughly using organic cleaners like citric acid or vinegar as there’s a certain issue of using hard tap water containing high minerals.
And, if it got electrocuted or short-circuited, it is advisable to check if there’s any fuse or not or the fuse got fired.
A fuse protects the coffee maker by blowing out itself from high electric current preventing damage to the coffee maker.
3. How Can I Identify A Coffee Maker Problem?
Like most diseases have their symptoms and cure, even the problems of the coffee maker have its own symptoms and cure. Such as-
- If there is no response from the coffee maker while the switch is on, then check the internal fuse, the fuse of the power cord, electric cord or thermostat and replace the component as needed.
- If your coffee maker doesn’t brew properly, check your water type and minerals with a water testing kit, check whether the hot water tube is clogged or got limescale or oil or rust.
- If the temperature of the coffee doesn’t add up like it supposed to be, check the heating elements and the appliance controls. And if there is a leak on the tube check the seals.
The expense of supplanting a significant part, for example, a component, is about half of the expense of a new coffee maker. On the off chance that these parts come up short, please think about changing the apparatus.
4. What Do I Need For Repairing Coffee Maker?
You can learn about the new parts through the maker or secondary selling provider. The tools you’ll require for repairing and testing are:
- Screw Drivers
- Adjustable wrenches, spinner or nut drivers.
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