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.
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!