Precision Troubleshooting For Coffee Machine Breaking Points

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For both home coffee makers and restaurant brewing machines, the somewhat complex heating and drainage systems in a coffee maker can be difficult to troubleshoot. Sure, you could just go buy another coffee machine, but if you have the perfect brewing technique down to a science and a replacement costs a fortune, it's better to fix what you have on hand. With a few precision troubleshooting techniques for specific breaking points, you can be better prepared to repair your machine before the caffeine desire boils over.

Poor Heating May Be Caused By Spillovers

Some coffee machines take a lot of trial and effort to get used to, and messes can be made in the process. Whether you're spilling coffee grounds or overfilling a pot that later boils over, it's likely that there's a bit of sticky, caramelized residue on parts of the machine.

As more of the buildup accumulates, you'll lose more and more heat. Heat has to transfer from the heating element to either the water or through a container, and a layer of caramelized sugar or coffee can spread that heat out. A spread out concentration of heat can result in lower temperatures. Cleaning needs to be done, but it isn't as simple as using soap and water.

Some cleaning materials can strip the heating element. If the heating element is warped or uneven, your heating will be uneven as well. It may even affect the way that your coffee pot or other components sit in place, which can cause overflow problems if the water level is uneven.

Percolator Clogging Or Wear And Tear

Coffee machines that use a percolation process or similar processes for moving water as it heats can be thwarted by bad quality water.

If there is a lot of sediment or debris in the water, such as under-brewed coffee or excessive sugars, the percolation path can be blocked and the system may burst. A burst may not be as dramatic as you think; the water may simply fail to reach the rest of the system and begin to leak slowly from different parts of the machine.

Consult your coffee machine's manual for the location of any transit tubes or pipes used for percolation. Although you can clean some clogs by running only water through the brewer, it may be best to remove the percolation path or at least clean it out with a pipe cleaner.

After cleaning, you still need to flush the system with water a few times to get rid of any excess debris and cleaning materials. If you need help with finding certain components in the coffee machine or would like a professional's hand on the project, contact an appliance service repairs company like J & M Appliance.


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