Cuisinart: Problem-solving

Cuisinart is a premium brand of household appliances with more than 40 years of experience in the market. It is the only brand in the world that offers a 3-year warranty on all its products. Every product they manufacture is tested to guarantee its proper functioning, especially the coffee machines.

They have coffee machines of all kinds, programmable, classic… but they focus, above all, on coffee machines with integrated grinder, these being of very good quality, in the best style of the automatic coffee machines that are known for their high performance.

However, this does not mean that they are exempt from presenting problems in their operation, which is why we bring you this article in which you will find the most common issues that you can face with a Cuisinart coffee machine and the simple solutions to them.

Before we go into detail, we also recommend you to check the user manual of Cuisinart coffee makers, perhaps you will find the solution to your coffee machine’s problem there.

How to use a Grind and Brew Cuisinart coffee machine

If this is the first time you are going to use a Cuisinart coffee machine, you may have some doubts about how to operate it.

It’s simple, you can read the user manual of the machine or follow the following instructions for use:

  1. Connect and switch on the coffee machine.
  2. Remove the lid of the carafe and fill it with cold water.
  3. Open the water tank lid and pour the water you put in the carafe, the amount depends on how much coffee you want to brew, just follow the level indicator marks on the tank (never fill it above the S-Cup mark) and close the lid.
  4. Preheat the carafe with a stream of hot water, this protects the thermal liner from cracking when hot coffee drips into it, and will also maintain the temperature in your coffee. Replace the lid on the carafe.
  5. Take the handle of the filter basket, pull it outwards and place a filter inside the basket.
  6. Measure two tablespoons of ground coffee for each cup of water and place it in the filter. Close the basket and press the “On” button.
  7. Watch for a beep to indicate that the brewing cycle is complete.
  8. Remove the carafe and check that it is securely closed before serving your coffee.
  9. Clean the brewer after each use. Press the “Off” button and unplug the machine, open the filter basket and discard the used coffee, then wash the carafe with warm soapy water and rub with a soft cloth, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before using again.

How to clean a Cuisinart coffee machine

Cleaning your coffee machine is essential if you want to obtain good quality coffee. In addition, many problems arise from blockages due to lack of proper cleaning.

If you don’t know how to clean your coffee maker properly, follow these simple steps and it will be as good as new, you will only need dishwasher soap:

  • First make sure you turn off and unplug the coffee maker. If you have just used it to make coffee, you should wait at least 30 minutes for the machine to cool down.
  • Carefully remove the carafe; then remove the filter by lifting or sliding it off, as appropriate. If you have a model with an integrated grinder, remove the basket as well. Some models may have a removable lid on the tank that you can remove as well.
  • In a small bowl, stir the dishwasher soap with a little warm water, dip a soft cloth into this mixture and carefully rub each of the parts you removed from the coffee machine until all traces of impurities are gone. Then rinse the parts thoroughly with plenty of clean water and leave them to air dry.
  • Clean the body of the brewer. While the parts you washed are drying, use a damp cloth to clean the rest of the brewer, including the area underneath where the filter basket is placed.
  • If you have a Cuisinart with an integrated coffee grinder, be careful not to splash water into the grinder motor when cleaning. Use only a damp cloth to avoid damage.
  • Wipe the area where the carafe is placed with a damp cloth and a little dishwashing soap until all stubborn coffee stains are removed. Rinse the cloth and wipe the hotplate again until all soap residue is removed.
  • Once you have cleaned all parts of the coffee machine and they are completely dry, you can put them back in place.

How to descale a Cuisinart coffee machine

The descaling process is an essential part of cleaning your coffee machine, as water can cause calcium to build up inside the machine, causing it to fail over time.

You can combat the calcification of your coffee machine, either with a ready-made solution or with a simple vinegar preparation, as we show you below:

  1. Empty the reservoir.
  2. Disable the Auto Off and Off Time.
  3. Remove the carbon filter.
  4. Making sure there is no capsule un the brewing chamber, fill the reservoir with 20 Oz. Of white vinegar, plus 40 Oz. Of water.
  5. Place a large mug on the drip tray. Press and hold the Hot Water and Rinse buttons to srart the descale process. Discard contents of mug.
  6. Repeat step 4 until Add Water is displayed on the control panel.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir thoroughly and fill with fresh water.
  8. Run another Hot Water cycle. Discard contents of large mug.
  9. Repeat Hot Water process until Add Water is displayed on the control panel.
  10. You may need to perform additional Hot Water cycles if you detect any residual vinegar taste.

Note: if Descale is still displayed on the control panel after completing the procedure, repeat the descaling procedure above.

My Cuisinart coffee machine is leaking

There may be several reasons why your Cuisinart coffee machine may start to leak. First of all, check that the leak is not coming from a crack in the water tank and also check that it is securely in place.

If the tank is in place and undamaged, you will need to check some other parts such as the hoses inside the machine, in this case I will tell you how to fix the machine without replacing the hoses.

You’ll need: needle-nose pliers, CR-VT10 safety torx screwdriver, size 3 precision flat-blade screwdriver, cordless drill, drill bits, wire cutters, .312 ID x .472 high temperature silicone tubing (optional).

Step-by-step repair:

  1. Turn off and unplug brewer.
  2. Make sure the water tank is completely empty.
  3. Lay the brewer down so that you can access the screws on the bottom of the brewer, we want to remove the bottom plate.
  4. Using the safety torx screwdriver, remove the 4 bottom screws. Once all the screws are removed, you may need to slide a flathead screwdriver up the seam to remove the bottom cover.
  5. You must now find the location of the leak. Some people have discovered a leak in the aluminium heating element and rubber tubing, but one of the main causes of leaks in Cuisinart coffee makers is definitely damage to the hoses, so check the openings in them very carefully.
  6. Once you have located the broken hose, tighten the hose clamp and push it back onto the heating element.
  7. Remove the end of the heating element from the cracked hose. If the crack is right at the end of the hose where it connects to the heating element, you may not need to replace the hose, just cut off the damaged end, otherwise you will need to buy a new one.
  8. Reinstall the hose back onto the heating element and reinstall the hose clamp.
  9. Reinstall the bottom cover.

How do I set the clock on my Cuisinart coffee machine?

If you have a Cuisinart programmable or drip coffee maker, you will have noticed that this type of machine has a clock on the front, where you will also find all the buttons and knobs for each function, just above the glass carafe.

To set up the clock, just follow the guidelines below:

  • Plug in and switch on the coffee machine.
  • Turn the largest function knob to the clock position.
  • Press the “time” function button and do not release it as the numbers on the clock advance. Watch the LCD display and when it is approaching the correct time, release the button and press it again several times until the correct number appears. If the time you set advances past 12 o’clock, PM mode will be activated on the display.
  • Set the minutes on the clock in the same way as you set the hour, only this time you will have to press the button for the “minutes” function and not “hour”.
  • Turn the knob in the direction of any other function, press another button or simply wait 5 seconds without pressing any button, so that the time on the LCD stops flashing and is fixed.

How to set the timer on a Cuisinart programmable coffee machine

Cuisinart is a brand that has a variety of coffee systems such as single-serve coffee machines, espresso machines and programmable coffee systems.

If you have a Cuisinart programmable coffee machine here is a simple way to set the timer:

  1. You must make sure that the coffee machine has the correct time. If you notice, when you switch on the machine, 12:00 appears as the default time and you must change it to the current time. In the previous section we show you step by step how to change the time on your coffee machine.
  2. Before continuing, it is necessary to leave the time setting function. This can be done by pressing any other function button, or by leaving the buttons untouched, after 5 seconds the time will be set.
  3. Now set the programme time. Press the programme button until the green light comes on and the LCD display illuminates. Then press the hour button until the desired time is reached and do the same with the minute button.
  4. Exit the program time mode by pressing the program set button again or by pressing any other function button except the hours and minutes buttons; you can also wait 5 seconds without pressing any button and automatically the program mode will end and your programmed time will be set.

My Cuisinart coffee maker is not brewing coffee

If your Cuisinart coffee maker is not brewing coffee, you may want to try a few techniques to fix the problem. Follow the instructions below:

  • Verify that the brewer is connected to a good power source.
  • Remove the lid of the water tank and check that you have put in the amount of water needed for the coffee you want to brew.
  • Open the door where the filter basket goes and make sure it is securely in place. Also check that it is completely clean, to avoid blockages.
  • Select the “Brew” or “Start” function and wait a few minutes for the machine to start brewing coffee.

My Cuisinart coffee machine does not turn on

There can be several reasons why your Cuisinart coffee machine stops working, but in some cases the problem may have a simple solution.

So before you call for service, check the following guidelines that could bring your machine back to life:

  1. Check that the water tank has enough water in it, the coffee maker will not work with a dry tank, and trying to make coffee in these conditions could damage the machine.
  2. Make sure that the power cord is securely plugged into the outlet and that it is also free of damage or defects. If you find damage to the cord, for safety reasons, we recommend that you do not use the machine until it has been repaired.
  3. Press the power button located on the front of the brewer. The red light should illuminate to indicate that the machine is working.
  4. Turn the function knob on your brewer to the “brew” mode. Note that if the function knob is set to “Auto On”, the brewer will only brew coffee at the programmed time.