Having an early morning cup of hot brew waiting for you can lift your spirits, energy and general satisfaction. Waking up to blinking lights on the coffee maker or a full pot of air with cold water in the reservoir and no life in the machine can be disappointing to say the least.
When the carafe in the Mr. Coffee maker is empty and the machine is steadily blinking that it needs attention before you can savor that first cup of java, it can be inconvenient and highly irritating. However, a faulty coffee maker can often be quickly remedied with basic troubleshooting.
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Mr. Coffee Troubleshooting
Before chucking the faithful brewing machine, run a diagnostic of its parts to narrow down what could be causing the Mr. Coffee from creating that perfect cup. It may seem simple, but if the machine has no lights on, check the outlet. A power surge or tripped breaker can cause the outlet to not have a constant flow of electric current flowing to the machine.
If the Mr. Coffee coffee maker beeps but won't brew, make sure that the water reservoir is full and all of the parts are nestled correctly in their nooks. The lid to the carafe can be off-center and cause the machine to halt operation.
Check that the power switch is on and that the water reservoir is filled. Mr. Coffee recommends cleaning the unit if it won't start. The machine can get clogged with hard water deposits, which can inhibit the flow of water or negatively affect the taste of the final brew.
Cleaning the Coffee Maker
Using the coffee maker daily can create a buildup of natural oils from the ground up caffeinated beans and minerals from hard water. Merry Maids suggests that the coffee maker be cleaned inside and out once a month. A solution of 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water can clean the leftover oils and other residues that can collect in the filter and water lines of the machine.
Take all of the removable parts of the coffee maker out and wash them separately. Consult the owner's manual to see if these parts can be placed in the dishwasher or should be washed by hand. If using soap on any of the coffee maker parts, be sure to thoroughly rinse and dry them before returning them to the machine.
Pour the mix of vinegar and water into the reservoir and run a regular brew cycle. Run a pot of clean water through the machine before attempting to brew a pot of coffee with grounds. Wipe down the outside of the coffee maker with a damp microfiber cloth to complete the cleaning process.
Using the Coffee Maker
If you're just adding water to the reservoir, filling the basket with ground coffee and pressing start, then you're missing out on a better brew. Using the coffee maker correctly can ensure a cup of coffee tuned to your specific tastes.
To brew a small pot of coffee, use the 2 to 4 cup option on the Mr. Coffee to get a bolder brew. The warmer the water that is poured into the machine the more full-bodied and flavorful the result will be.