How to Fix a Leaking Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49976

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Introduction: How to Fix a Leaking Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49976

If your coffee maker pools water underneath after brewing the carafe side it's most likely a specific hose that gets loose where it connects to the spout on top. This will hopefully help you fix it.

The goal is to get the back off and you'll need a tri wing screwdriver to remove the bottom panel, the one I used was labeled size Y1. The rest are standard Philips head.

You can risk just reattaching the original clamp but I suggest using something more permanent like a hose clamp.

There are also other methods such as simply cutting a hole in the back where the hose is attached which may or may not be easier depending on the tools you have on hand. There's a YouTube video about this method.

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Step 1: The Bottom

On the bottom of the machine there are eight tri wing screws and only the middle back one is connected to the back panel, but to be able to pull the sides away it's easier to remove the whole bottom piece.

Step 2: The Sides

You'll need to pull the sides away from the back panel to expose 4 screws. There's 4 tabs on each to push in with a flathead that will allow it to pull away.

Step 3: The Back

Once the sides are away there's five screws to remove. Two at the top with the head facing down and two and the bottom facing the back. The last one is below the carafe flap at the top and requires removing the cover at its hinge, but be careful there's two little platic tabs that break pretty easily. Now the back can slide down and expose the problem.

The hose feeding hot water up to the top of the machine isn't attached correctly, the metal clamp it comes with doesn't do the job. The first two times I did this fix I used a zip tie in conjunction with the clamp but was still not enough. The latest time I used a 1/2" hose clamp which should be much more secure.

Hope this helps you!

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    14 Discussions

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    Grinner1
    Grinner1

    6 weeks ago on Step 3

    Very detailed how-to. I might have another model, but try as I may, I couldn’t find any way to remove anything but the bottom panel. One of the hoses came undone so I had to figure a way to push it back in. I couldn’t from the top, but when I turned the unit sideways, I was able to re-insert the tube. After trying many different things to put the locking ring back in place, I settled on a chopstick, a skewer and a long narrow piece of wood to make it snug. I’m sure there are long thin pliers that would have worked, but I just didn’t want to buy another tool. Oh yeah, and a flashlight was indispensible.
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    FrugalGirl
    FrugalGirl

    5 months ago on Introduction

    Thank you for letting me fix my leaky coffeemaker. It's only two years old and I wasn't looking forward to having to buy another. I didn't take the side all the way off, just made room enough to get to the screws. Also like KevinH444 I used a small flat head screwdriver on the tri-prongs. Yea! No more puddles.

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    KevinH444
    KevinH444

    Tip 7 months ago

    Thanks ! Instructions were great - I am a little slow so the sides were a struggle - Just reread instructions carefully - I busted the "little tab" per your warning - didn't get the sides completely off, but enough to wiggle on the tube and clamp (Great Idea !) - Note: Use a small flat head for the Evil Tri-Prong Screws - got this idea somewhere else - Works ! Back to Mak'n Coffefe !

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    RodA13
    RodA13

    Question 1 year ago on Step 2

    I have the bottom off but I'm stumped on the sides. Where are these 4 tabs?? The photos don't help...

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    Windrider354
    Windrider354

    Answer 7 months ago

    The tabs are on the two side pieces. The video understates the difficulty of getting them loose. Start with the side piece that has the most flex at the top. I actually used a chisel instead of a wide flat blade screwdriver. Once you get the first one you can see better how to work your way along and get the rest. I like the idea of cutting a hole in the back instead of all this hassle. The bad hose connection is at the top just before the hot water goes into that piece that distributes it over the coffee grounds.

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    HeatherW206
    HeatherW206

    Question 9 months ago on Step 3

    What size tri wing screwdriver do I need?

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    MajorZ1
    MajorZ1

    Answer 9 months ago

    The one I used is labeled Y1 and resembles a standard Philips head but with three wings.

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    ShananW
    ShananW

    11 months ago on Introduction

    Nailed it!! Thank you so much!! And doggone if you weren’t right ... totally snapped that little plastic tab on the water reservoir flap! Oh well... coffee is brewing and that makes it worth it!!

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    johno254
    johno254

    1 year ago on Step 3

    man was right hose clamp was loose put new clamp on

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    SheriB30
    SheriB30

    Question 1 year ago on Step 2

    How do u get the sides off??

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    SheriB30
    SheriB30

    Answer 1 year ago

    I did it!! Your instructions were exactly accurate. But, If this happens again I'm getting a new pot! Don't want to do that again. Lol

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    MajorZ1
    MajorZ1

    Answer 1 year ago

    There's four little tabs on each side that you need to push into at the seam with something thin, I just used a really small flathead. With the bottom off you should be able to see the one near the bottom and the rest will be easier to see once one is out unclipped.

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    Megalodon816

    Thank you so much for this! I was able to fix it using your instructions and I felt SO GOOD that I fixed it!!! I had quite a time finding the tri tip screwdriver I ended up getting it on Amazon because my local hardware stores didnt have one. It was just like what you described and so easy to fix!