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Don't throw away your coffee maker just because it only makes steam and has stopped gurgling water up into the brew basket.  I have repaired a couple coffee makers by forcefully spraying water into the "fill area".(Unplug first of course).   This clears the pipes going down into the heating element area. This method didn't work on my expensive MR-COFFEE machine.  So i was forced to remove the cover and find what was clogging it up. This is not very hard to do and you don't need many tools.

OTHER BRANDS are built similarly to the Mr. Coffee.  If you are trying to fix some other brand or model all you need to do is find out what is clogging the hose --- as I describe here --- and your repair should be similarly easy.
 
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Step 1: Preparation to fix coffee pot

SAFETY first, so unplug the coffee pot and LET IT COOL DOWN (if you had it on)!  This will help you avoid burning yourself on the hot-plate. Next....dump out all the water left in the water-resivoir into your sink. Try to be rather thorough to get ALL the water out because it will be necessary to turn the machine upside down to remove the bottom..... and you don't want puddles of water dropping into the display-board-section. 

Step 2: Tools you will need:

You don't need many tools but one of them is somewhat difficult to find... the SECURITY torx bit. I bought my set of SECURITY-torx-TIPS at harbor freight tools for only a few dollars.  The security torx is just a standard torx screwdriver bit with a HOLE in the middle and a little pin.  You will have difficulty removing 2 of the 6 screws on the bottom because they are "security" type torx.  The other 4 screws
are standard phillips.  Another way to get the 2 security torx screws out that might work is to use a SOLDERING IRON.  Just heat up the torx screw untill the plastic melts then pull the case apart.  Of course, you will need to have all the other screws out first! 
FredH31 month ago

I have an ancient Westbend Flavodrip(!) that I picked up at a 2ndhand store because it looked brand new! (there are even flowers on the carafe like in the '70s; no off/on switch; ...; totally vintage). At any rate, got it home ... lots of steam, no water coming through. Did as framistan suggested; hose off, clean minerals out of pipe (of which there wasn't much, so doubted this would work), then filled it with vinegar and voila!!!!!!!! I have a vintage cfe maker that works beautifully! I am over the moon ... thanks so much to framistan for posting this! !

framistan (author)  FredH317 days ago

Some coffee makers get clogged in the heating element with lime(powdered rock) deposits. This is not repairable to my knowledge. My father-in-law has WELL-WATER which has BAD mineral deposits. He has to purchase a new coffee pot about every 3 months! I couldn't repair his because it is like a solid rock build-up inside the heating element!

Followed your tutorial, got everything right but one thing. The hose with the valve, is it the down or the up hose? Hope to hear back soon so I can get this put back together in time to test it before morning coffee is needed! LOL
Thank you for your help!
I used my commonsense and figured it out!!! Thanx for making the tutorial & all that you do!!!

I have a Mr. Coffee........It clogged up so I stuck a q tip down the hole where the water goes out and up into the tube after it's heated..........When I pulled the q tip out of the hole, it had red on it, the color of blood..........I couldn't imagine what it was, so I tried to take the maker apart (because I DEFINITELY wasn't going to use it anymore with whatever the RED STUFF was being mixed in with my coffe)

I had a very hard time getting it apart, so I broke the cover off with a hammer and discovered two red rubbery hoses which the water goes into and then up the plastic pipe to get into the basket to make the coffee........I"M SURE THEY"RE NOT PVC FREE! ............so the red plastic hoses have been breaking down into my coffe for God knows how long!!!!!!!! YUCKKKKKKKKK

Will be filing consumer complaint!

I have a Mr. Coffee........It clogged up so I stuck a q tip down the hole where the water goes out and up into the tube after it's heated..........When I pulled the q tip out of the hole, it had red on it, the color of blood..........I couldn't imagine what it was, so I tried to take the maker apart (because I DEFINITELY wasn't going to use it anymore with whatever the RED STUFF was being mixed in with my coffe)

I had a very hard time getting it apart, so I broke the cover off with a hammer and discovered two red rubbery hoses which the water goes into and then up the plastic pipe to get into the basket to make the coffee........I"M SURE THEY"RE NOT PVC FREE! ............so the red plastic hoses have been breaking down into my coffe for God knows how long!!!!!!!! YUCKKKKKKKKK

Will be filing consumer complaint!

JoelH13 months ago

Had all kinds of steam and the thing took 30 min to brew a pot with puddles all over the counter. Found this tutorial, took it apart and found 3 coffee beans stuck by the valve. Took those guys out, put everything back together, and runs like a champ! Thanks so much!

lime3D1 year ago
Just run vinegar through a brew cycle, then follow up with a few pots of clear water. It will dislodge and flush all sediments, scale and clogs.

This so far isn't working for me. It won't go through at all. :( I'm wondering if the thing is actually broken. I'm going to try the forced water after a few minutes if the vinegar still hasn't run through.

sjpoirot3 months ago

Thanks so much, I thought I had broken it but all it needed was to be cleaned out!

Subline9111 year ago
Also on some of the newer Mr. coffee makers the tubes are secured with clamps.
zipperboy1 year ago
Good job. Phil aka