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Mr. Coffee how to & troubleshooting guide

Mr. Coffee how to & troubleshooting guide

If you own a Mr. Coffee, you know that it is as reliable as a pair of Levi jeans. It is designed to serve you for years to come. However, even good quality electronics do have their moments.

And dealing with a malfunctioning coffee maker is not an ideal way to start your morning.

With this guide, you can handle any of your coffee maker issues and learn how to use some of its convenient features.

Why is my Mr. Coffee beeping and not brewing?

If your coffee maker is not brewing coffee despite being on, you need to inspect several things to ensure it is adequately set up to brew coffee and not clogged or malfunctioning. Start by checking the water reservoir and ensure it has enough water to brew coffee.

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Then ensure that all the parts of the coffee maker, such as the brew basket and the coffee filter, are nestled correctly in their exact designed positions.

Also, inspect the coffee spout and the water hose from the water reservoir to ensure it is not clogged with hard water deposits.

In some cases, the coffee maker may not be receiving enough electricity to power the machine. You can test the electricity voltage to see if his is the case or try a different power outlet.

Lastly, check to see that the coffee spout is not clogged with coffee grounds.

How do I reset my Mr. Coffee?

If your coffee maker is blinking but not brewing, you may need to reset it back to its factory settings. Most Mr. Coffee coffee-makers can be reset by simply unplugging them and plugging them back into the power outlet after a minute or so.

This gives the coffee maker time to drain prior programmed memory, so it loads fresh settings when turned on. For a Wemo model, unplug the coffee maker, press, and hold the Restore button for at least five seconds. Then plug it back into the power outlet.

How do you fix a clogged Mr. Coffee?

To get rid of clogging in the coffee spout or the brewing section, disassemble the coffee maker as per your user manual and clean the detachable parts.

You can use a small needle to remove any caked coffee grounds, hard water deposits, or coffee oils from the coffee spout before cleaning it.

If this does not work, you may have to check the water reservoir hoses to ensure they are not clogged. Here are the necessary steps to access the water hoses;

  • Turn your coffee maker upside down and remove the bottom cover using a screwdriver. Ensure you store the screws carefully.
  • Then remove the clamps holding the water hoses and inspect them to see if they are clogged. You can remove any visible hard water deposits, but proper descaling is necessary to unclog the water hoses.
  • Alternatively, you can pout vinegar directly into the pipes with it in the upside position and let it sit for a while, so it removes the water deposits in the hoses. This may mean not brewing coffee for several days.
  • Then rinse it thoroughly with clean water and assemble as it was before.

Why is my Mr. Coffee overflowing?

No one wants to deal with overflowing coffee when brewing that much-needed cup of joe first thing in the morning. Fortunately, the possible fixes are relatively straightforward;

  • Check to see that the coffee filter is placed on top of the coffee maker correctly. Ensure the notched or protruded parts all sit squarely in their nooks and notches. The lid should close properly if the filter is installed correctly.
  • Check to see if you have placed too many coffee grounds in the brew basket and reduce the amount. This will prevent water from flowing through the grounds causing water to overflow from the top of your coffee maker.
  • Check to see if the coffee pot is aligned with the warming plate. You should place the carafe at the center of the warming plate. This sends the signals that the coffee maker can dispense brewed coffee.
  • Check to see that the coffee spout is not damaged or clogged, as this may cause the coffee to overflow from the top as it cannot flow through the spout.

How do you clean Mr. Coffee without vinegar?

To descale a coffee maker without vinegar, you will need to buy a commercially made descaling solution. Several notable good options in the market will be able to remove all hard water mineral deposits from your coffee maker.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the descaling solution for the best results. If the mineral deposits are not too much, you can simply use dish cleaning soap to clean the water reservoir and other washable parts of the coffee maker.

Regular cleaning will prevent the mineral buildup making it easier to clean as compared to seasonal descaling. Also, ensure you wipe down other parts of the coffee maker that are not detachable when cleaning the coffee maker.

Mr. Coffee clock problem

Follow these steps to reset your Mr. Coffee clock;

  • Press the “hour” button, then the “set delay” button once.
  • The word “lock” will be displayed above the numbers.
  • Use the hour and minute buttons to set the time.
  • After a few seconds, the word “clock” will disappear, and time is set.

Mr. Coffee won’t pump water.

Try descaling the coffee maker to ensure that the coffee maker does not have hard water deposits in the water reservoir tuning. If this does not work, the water hose valve is damaged by unscrewing the bottom and inspecting the hose, and replacing it if needed. You can also hire a professional to do this for you.

Do you need a coffee filter for Mr. Coffee?

Yes. The filter prevents fine coffee grounds from being dispensed when brewing coffee. They also absorb coffee oils for a better-tasting cup of grit-free coffee. The main options when choosing a coffee filter are permanent filters or paper filters.

The most common school of thought is that coffee brewed with paper filters tends to have a sweeter taste due to the removal of coffee oils. On the other hand, permanent coffee filters are environmentally friendly and cheaper.

Why is water coming out of the bottom of my coffee maker?

Here are the main reasons why your coffee maker is leaking from the bottom;

  1. You overfill your water reservoir, causing the excess water to overflow. Ensure you fill the water reservoir up to the indicated maximum point.
  2. The water hose is damaged or loose and needs replacing or be reattached.
  3. Steam condensation inside the machine pools and forms a puddle. Check rubber hoses for cracks.
  4. Mineral deposits are causing water to overflow due to clogged tubes or hoses.

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Mr. Coffee how to turn off clean light

If your coffee maker is clean and the clean light is not turning off, unplug the coffee maker and plug it back into the power outlet after a few seconds to reset it. Do not unplug your coffee maker mid-cleaning, as this will mess up the cycle causing the cleaning light to stay on. If this does not work, contact Mr. Coffee support.

How to set brew delay on Mr. Coffee?

First, ensure that the clock has to be set to the correct time before you program the delay function. Then press the Set Delay button and set it to your desired brewing time. By pressing the hour and minutes buttons.

The delay button will light up once the time is set. And the clock will automatically revert to the current time. Refer to your user manual for more clarification.

clean mr coffee maker

Easy Way to Clean Your Coffee Maker 

One of the simplest yet wonderful things is enjoying delicious coffee at the comfort of your home. It is important to note that it takes an absolutely clean coffee maker to have your daily cups of great-tasting coffee.

So anytime your coffee has a bitter taste just know it is one of those warning signs that the machine needs some cleaning.

Often times your coffee maker may not be as hygienic as you may think.

For this reason, you may need to schedule a cleaning procedure that will not only have your machine looking clean but also ensure that it guarantees you a drink that is not contaminated with viruses and bacteria, which pose a great health problem. 

You should clean the removable parts of the coffee maker after every brew. The removable parts include the carafe and the coffee filter, both of which can be washed using a fragrance-free, degreasing dish soap.

This will prevent possible mineral build-up, stains, oily sludge, grime, and germs from forming and growing on your coffee pot.

Your coffee machine will need a thorough cleaning once every month depending on how regularly you use it. This can be done using white vinegar and a few other household items like unscented dishwashing soap, a sponge, and a clean dishcloth. 

Following the below step-by-step procedure will reward you with delicious cups of coffee as well as keep your coffee maker running full steam.

Cleaning with White Vinegar

White vinegar comes in handy when you want to dissolve the calcium deposits that have accumulated over time in your coffee maker and most importantly sanitize your coffee machine.

  1. Drain the coffee carafe and clean out the filter. Add white vinegar and water to the coffee maker in the ratio of one part vinegar to two parts water. 
  2. Some coffee machines have a clean function. If your coffee maker has this feature, press on it to run an effective clean cycle. 
  3. Simply press Brew Now, the same way you brew your regular coffee in the case that your coffee maker does not have a clean feature. Brew the vinegar and water mixture in the same way you brew your ordinary pot of coffee.
  4. Let the brewed vinegar solution for 30 minutes depending on how much buildup is on the carafe.
  5. Turn the coffee maker back on after the soaking and complete the brewing cycle. Once done pour out the vinegar solution and flush out the vinegar scent and taste from the coffee maker by filling the carafe with fresh water then turn the coffee machine on, and run a complete brewing cycle. 
  6. Remove the filter, pour out the water, and repeat a second brewing cycle using clean water. The machine should now be free of any vinegar taste or smell.
  7. Wipe down the coffee pot and the coffee maker with a clean cloth for a sparkling machine ready to brew your next cup of coffee.

The above procedure can be done using other healthy and safe cleaning products and achieve similar results. You could swap white vinegar for apple cider vinegar.

This has a stronger taste, so it may linger a little bit more. You could as well use lemon juice in equal parts lemon juice and water.

Then finish by rinsing your coffee maker with two more brews of plain water, same as described in the above procedure.

Baking soda can also be used to clean your coffee maker. Mix baking soda in the ratio of one portion of baking soda to four portions of warm water. It is advisable you remove the filter first while using this procedure.

Mix the water and baking soda and fill in the coffee maker just enough to avoid clumping up and clogging the coffee maker, then finish by running brews of plain clean water twice just like the above procedures. 

Note: If your coffee maker has a heavy mineral buildup in it particularly or the coffee taste does not improve, it will be advisable to repeat the process with a descaling solution approved by the manufacturer.

Descaling should be done every three to six months for better-tasting coffee brews.

After carrying out the above procedure, your sparkling-clean coffee maker is ready for coffee again and you should notice a finer, cleaner, and tastier coffee.

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Dishwashable Design guarantees you delicious, clean-tasting coffee all the time thanks to its easy-to-clean design that makes the coffee maker simple to take apart, clean, and reassemble.

Dishwashing gets rid of the bitter coffee remnants by effectively cleaning all the parts and crevices of the coffee machine exposed to water and ground coffee particles.

Please note that some parts of the Dishwashable Coffee Maker should never be tossed into the dishwasher or immersed in any liquid. These include the electrical base, plug, and power cord of the coffee maker.