What is the first requirement when we wake up in the morning, a fresh cup of coffee and the morning newspaper? So what happens when your fresh cup of coffee disappears, because your coffee maker has stopped working? Frustrating, isn’t it? Fortunately, most coffee repairs are simple which can be done by any amateur handyman. Let us learn how coffee makers actually work so that you can repair them yourselves when they don’t.
There are various types of coffee makers in the world, common types are one which drop hot water once through the coffee grounds and the other one is which percolate and recycle the water through coffee grounds many times. So most coffee makers work on control panel, timers and heating elements under the carafe in them which keeps the coffee hot.
So when the problem occurs it’s in the heating element, thermostat and a warming element.
1) On/Off Switch – The switch controls current to the heating device and the pump. If the switch fails, electricity is not supplied to the device, which needs replacement. After unplugging the device, remove the base of coffee maker and test the switch by activating it. If the circuit is open, it needs replacement.
2) Thermostat – Thermostat controls electricity in the heating element. Test your thermostat if the coffee maker is not working properly by unplugging the unit, emptying excess water from the unit, remove the base by turning it over. You may require a continuity tester to test the working of the thermostat. If defective replace the thermostat, but make sure that the thermostat is of the same brand and rating as before.
3) Heating elements – If your coffee maker is not heating up properly or is taking up too much time, maybe it’s time to replace the heating element. Test the heating element present at the base and replace it if necessary.