Black and Decker Coffee Maker Won’t Brew – Causes and Solutions


Black and Decker Coffee Maker Won't Brew

The coffee maker is certainly a real blessing. You can use it whenever you need a strong boost or simply love taking a sip. Imagine the convenience, along with the subtle taste and aroma of a perfect brew. Such a unique experience that you wouldn’t exchange for anything. But just like humans, coffee brewers have their weak points too.

Is your Black and Decker coffee maker starting to give you a headache? I understand the frustration it brings. And, it really is tempting to toss it away and buy a new model. However, wait till you learn how to handle the problem with ease. It’s as simple as what you think!

Common Brewing Problems With Black and Decker Coffee Maker

Not only will you face a unit that’s not brewing, but other common issues too. But don’t stress yourself yet. Most of them are basic problems that are repairable with your bare hands.

1. Dispensing or Leaking Water

Cause: Overfull water reservoir. Perhaps the cover is not accurately placed on the carafe. It may also be due to an improperly positioned carafe on the carafe plate.

Solution: Ensure the amount of water you will be putting in will not exceed the twelve-cup line. Make sure also the cover or carafe is correctly located and tightened on its designated position.

2. Air Bubbles

You have to fill water in your water reservoir. Though, be sure to switch off the machine. Unplug from the outlet. Then, shake the water tank very lightly. It will quickly remove the air bubbles stuck into your coffee maker.

3. Inability to Reset

Cause: There might be some issues with the internal system of your unit.

Solution: You can try turning the brewer off and unplugging for a couple of minutes. Connect to the socket and start a brew cycle.

4. Overflowing Brew Basket

Cause: The carafe is positioned wrongly. But, in some cases, it has been removed for more than twenty seconds through the Sneak-A-Cup feature.

Solution: Remove the carafe and then return to its original place. Make sure you properly adjust it under the filter basket. While using the Sneak-A-Cup feature, substitute the carafe all through the brewing cycle. You must do it within twenty seconds.

5. Grinder Not Turning On

Cause: The grinder overheats.

Solution: Allow the unit to cool for around fifteen minutes. Unplug for at least thirty seconds to enable fuse returning.

6. Light Flashing

The Black and Decker coffee maker comes with several flashing features.

  • Red Stop: It appears if you have cut short the cleaning or brew process. Moreover, it may also likely occur if you have opened the lid during or before the three beeps after the brew cycle. To solve the issue, you should wait for thirty seconds until the Red light switches off. Or else, open the lid and shut it down again.
  • Blue Button: It indicates your reservoir has no water inside. You may forget to add some, or you have run out of water. Just add water, and you’re great to go. Wait for thirty seconds until the light switches off. If it emits a ‘beep’ sound, restart your cleaning or brewing cycle.
  • However, the blue button may also suggest servicing or resetting. Do this by unplugging the unit first, wait for five seconds, then connect and retry. Servicing is essential if you have tried resetting the coffee maker three times, yet the problem still exists. It’s best to call the manufacturer.
  • Clean and Stop Button: It means you need to service or reset the unit. Overheating might be the culprit too. Just follow the instructions stated earlier.

7. Brewing Clear Water

Cause: There might be no coffee grounds contained in the brew basket.

Solution: Fill out the lined brew basket with sufficient amounts of coffee grounds.

8. Producing a Strong or Too Strong Taste

Cause: Your pod is positioned inappropriately. Whereas, using two pods may result in your coffee to become too strong.

Solution: Regardless of the case, modify your brewing preferences. Sometimes, the water temperature is to blame when the coffee taste is quite nasty. Extremely hot water tends to sear the coffee grounds; therefore, giving a harsh taste. To address this issue, stock up your reservoir with cold water before pressing the start button. Using cold water in the Black and Decker brewer can create a bold, softer flavor.

What if You’ve Tried Everything, but Nothing Seems to Work? 

First of all, don’t let your frustration control you. There’s one reliable option left – contact the customer care as long as your Black and Decker coffee maker is still under the warranty period, of course. You might need to provide the unit’s serial number. A replacement is likely to deliver straight to your door. Case closed!

Cleaning and Maintenance Are the Keys

The purpose of cleaning and maintaining the coffee maker is not new to everyone. The same goes for your Black and Decker unit. It attracts huge buildups of minerals, calcium, and natural oils from unfiltered water and coffee beans. It will not only affect how you taste coffee. Even the unit itself is at risk.

Wash the pot and all removable parts daily after use with lathery, warm water. It will eradicate calcium and oil stockpile.

Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe out the unit’s external and removable parts. They must be completely dried up before returning to their crannies. 

Avoid using abrasive cleaners. The coffeemaker should not be dipped in the water too.

Deep clean the unit using vinegar for at least once a month. It is especially ideal if you are using hard water. The buildup layer dislikes it a lot since vinegar is acidic. It works as a quick disinfectant compared to traditional cleaners. Moreover, it can make your appliance looking brand-new.

Black and Decker Coffee Maker Troubleshooting

Your Black and Decker coffee brewer consists of electrical, mechanical, and several other parts. Therefore, it can start malfunctioning at some point. That’s inevitable, yes. But fortunately, you can save repair costs by knowing how to troubleshoot the problem.

Coffee brewers also deal with a mechanical or electrical problem. To check, disconnect it and let sit indolently for a few minutes before plugging in once more. The circuit boards must reset. Otherwise, you will have to descale the unit while ensuring the water pumping tubes are clean and not congested. 

Check if you can notice the debris blocking the water reservoir. It usually happens if you brew several cups regularly without the correct maintenance. Use water and soap to do a thorough cleaning. Make sure to remove all the debris completely. Place all the pieces again and run the cycle.

How Do I Know It Is Time to Descale the Black and Decker Coffee Maker?

The unit has an Auto Clean feature, which signals you when it’s time to do some descaling. It usually flashes after every 60 brews and with an icon reading “CL.” The alert will return, plus the blinking will soon stop after you operate the cleaning system feature. The cycle continues. Be sure not to miss any schedule to avoid potential issues.

How Do I Use the Auto Clean?

Fill up the water reservoir with white vinegar (half-way). At the same time, the remaining half must contain cool water. Put a paper basket filter inside the brew basket. After closing the lid, put the empty carafe on the carafe plate. Now, press and hold the “Auto” button. Descaling the system should be prompted immediately.

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