20 Most Recent Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker Questions & Answers


An internal fuse may have opened

Cuisinart... | Answered on Jun 05, 2019


why question to all of this is with a "self clean" button, why doesn't it every tell you to clean it..... ??

Cuisinart... | Answered on May 15, 2019


I had this same problem and found that coffee grounds had somehow gotten in to the water reservoir and had been circulating thru the machine clogging the charcoal filter. This must have prevented the water from entering the heating chamber efficiently and therefore continued to gurgle until it all got thru. I flushed out the reservoir by holding the pot upside down and shooting water into the reservoir. It took some time to get all the grounds out. I took out the charcoal filter, flushed out that section and replaced it with a new filter. When finished, I ran thru a solution of white vinegar for good measure and bingo!! The coffee pot works perfectly.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Apr 20, 2019


It has a short. Mine did the same. If under 3 years old cuisinart will replace for $10 shipping charge. If out of warranty, cheaper to buy a new one, than have that one fixed. Call 1-800-726-0190

Cuisinart... | Answered on Feb 18, 2019


Hi - As the coffee maker i have grind and brew just started leaking- I started to take it apart - what i found as of now the screws on the bottom that holds the metal plate has a Allen or torx head as some call it- on mine the inside center of the screw head as some sort of guide pin sticking up in the middle of the head- its small but its there-the correct tool for mine you need for easy removal is a allen wrench with the hole or indent in the middle of it to sit correctly inside the screw head - I got two of them out with an allen; but the other two had to be drilled out - I am assuming they put this style screw in to not allow or make it somewhat difficult for the average person to take out - if they made it easy they would not be able to sell more coffee machines - anyways got the plate off and the hoses were not cracked or had come loose that I could fine - I re-adjusted the hoses farther up onto tubes they attached too and tried again with some water - its still leaking - so there is another possibility that the water tube the hoses are connected to have a pin hole some where in it - apparently it has been leaking for some time now due to all the corrosion and rust I found on the metal plate- i used only distill water and also change out filter inside coffee machine- before I give up on it - I am going to try and work on the inside of the machine- take it completely apart- but before that happens I will wok on doing a cleaning of the coffee pot screw lid and the baskets that catches the grind. That's my two cent worth.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Feb 11, 2019


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To remove the faceplate:



You will need a tiny standard screwdriver (I used one from an eyeglass repair kit) and a smallish philips screwdriver. Begin by removing the carafe, the basket (and permanent filter, if you have one), the water filter, and the insert on the underside of the flip-up lid. With the lid open, you will notice two round screw covers towards the front of the coffeemaker to either side of the filter basket. Remove these with the small standard screwdriver. This is impossible to do without damaging them somewhat. Remove the two philips screws underneath .



There are nine clips that need to be released to remove the plastic top of your coffee maker. First, press in on and release the two located on the back just below the lid hinge. With the small standard screwdriver, gently release the six clips along the top edge of the casing. These are located two in back, near the corners and two along each side. You will have to get up underneath the plastic bezel, be gentle so that you do not bend the stainless steel housing (if you do, gently bend it back into place before you put everything back together). Lay the coffeemaker on its back. The final clip is located in the carafe “nook” to the back of the drip outlet. The upper plastic portion should now lift straight up out of the coffeemaker.



With the coffeemaker upright, remove the four philips screws holding the faceplate in place. Remove the faceplate by pulling it straight out towards you.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Aug 31, 2018


can the carafe of the stainless steel coffee maker go in the dishwasher?

Cuisinart... | Answered on Aug 03, 2018


The water hose on the bottom of the coffee maker is worn, due to the heat. It needs to be replaced. this is the second time for mine.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Jul 09, 2018


DCC-1200 shuts off: How to fix it


A couple of weeks ago my DCC-1200 began shutting off in the middle of the brew cycle, a problem commonly reported here. I love my DCC-1200, and it ran like a top for the 8 years I've had it. Luckily I have a backup coffee maker, so I was able to take the time to find a fix rather than having to drop another hundred bucks on a new one. I hope this helps some of you.


Behavior: The coffee maker began shutting off during the brew cycle. The whole machine would go dead, including the LCD display. Changing outlets did not solve the problem. Unplugging it and plugging it back in sometimes helped, sometimes not. Left plugged in, sometimes the power would restore and it would work for a time. This got progressively more frequent, though right before it quit working all together I was able to turn it on by pressing the self clean button. Pressure on the faceplate right above that button would shut it down again. I discovered this while following norm49629's advice on cleaning the machine. After removing the faceplate, I could see that any pressure on certain areas of the circuit board would restore or cut power to the entire unit. These experiences led me to conclude that there was an issue with the circuit board. Please be reasonably sure this is the same problem you're having before beginning this repair. My coffeemaker was out of warranty and I had nothing to lose.


If this is your problem, you will be baking the circuit board to repair micro-fissures in the circuitry which are interfering with its operation. These fissures are caused over time by the repeated heating up and cooling down of the coffeemaker when you brew. To do this repair you will need to remove the faceplate, so I am including instructions for that based on my experience with this issue as there were none to be found on Fixya when I looked.


To remove the faceplate:


You will need a tiny standard screwdriver (I used one from an eyeglass repair kit) and a smallish philips screwdriver. Begin by removing the carafe, the basket (and permanent filter, if you have one), the water filter, and the insert on the underside of the flip-up lid. With the lid open, you will notice two round screw covers towards the front of the coffeemaker to either side of the filter basket. Remove these with the small standard screwdriver. This is impossible to do without damaging them somewhat. Remove the two philips screws underneath.



There are nine clips that need to be released to remove the plastic top of your coffee maker. First, press in on and release the two located on the back just below the lid hinge. With the small standard screwdriver, gently release the six clips along the top edge of the casing. These are located two in back, near the corners and two along each side. You will have to get up underneath the plastic bezel, be gentle so that you do not bend the stainless steel housing (if you do, gently bend it back into place before you put everything back together). Lay the coffeemaker on its back. The final clip is located in the carafe “nook” to the back of the drip outlet. The upper plastic portion should now lift straight up out of the coffeemaker.


With the coffeemaker upright, remove the four philips screws holding the faceplate in place. Remove the faceplate by pulling it straight out towards you. Unplug the circuit board. Remove the three screws holding the circuit board I to the faceplate, being careful not to lose the three clear plastic washers. Remove the clear plastic switch (for the function knob) by releasing the clips.


These baking instructions are based in part on the many tutorials to be found online for repairing video and graphics cards. Preheat your oven on its lowest setting, preferably 170˚. Place a piece of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Tear off some extra and make three small balls of foil to place the circuit board on. With the circuit board LCD up, position the balls under the upper corners and the center bottom, away from anything important.


Bake at 170˚ for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and put your coffeemaker back together. Brew a nice fresh cup for your efforts.


Clean any scale off the parts you removed before you put things back together. To test your repair before reassembly, reinstall the circuit board and plug in your coffeemaker. Test all the buttons, switches, and functions. Be careful baking, if your oven doesn't bake as low as 170˚, ask around. My “self clean” button didn't seem to work, so I re-baked for 10 minutes at 180˚. I don't recommend doing this. At that temperature the LCD screen turned black and the glue melted and spread out. Luckily upon cooling the screen returned to its normal color, the glue hardened, and everything turned out fine. I would recommend a longer 15 or 20 minute bake at 170˚ rather than a higher temperature, should you need.


YMMV. Good luck!



P.S. Self clean works fine, full functionality was restored with this fix.

Cuisinart... | Answered on May 23, 2018


Unplug the coffeemaker for one full hour, and the self-cleaning light will go off.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Apr 09, 2018


this is what happened to me, I didn't have the filter basket all the way down so the pot lid didn't open the valve that lets coffee flow so the coffee and grounds ran into the water resevior and plugged the filter, so I did the worst thing possible and took the filter out so the grounds got into the check valve that keeps the hot water going in the right direction. that makes it spit and sputter and brew slow.
after trying to flush it out forever I tore the metal plate on the bottom off and unhooked the rubber hoses (don't do this unless you have a needle nose pliers, you'll never get them back on) one should go to the brew head and the other is the water inlet, this has the check valve. you can tell which is which by blowing through them and seeing which one goes to the brew head. if you can blow through the other one the check valve is stuck open, I blew air into it with an air compresor and this forced the check valve shut and now it works fine. I know this is the same symptons as calcium deposits but I had cleaned it twice.
try flushing it with water first but sometimes it takes extreme measures

Cuisinart... | Answered on Mar 26, 2018


I don't know if this is the same as a regular coffee maker but here is the answer I gave to another guy. I am not responsible for anything you choose to do if you do it yourself. Here goes:Inside the coffee maker , you will find a horseshoe shaped aluminum metal water heater. This is the part that transfers the water from the container to the part just above the pot using a plastic tube. the water heats up to a certain amount and 'drips' hot water on to the coffee and into the pot.

First disconnect all the electricity and be careful and not be too rough handling the coffee maker in general.

You sometimes need special tools to remove the screws
because they are not ALL regular Philip head screws. They can be torx or a special torx screwdriver with a hole in the middle.
What I do is use my dremel with a grinding bit and remove all the screws if they are not regular head screws.
I replace the screws with other regular Philip heads.

You have to empty the coffee holder and filter and the water in the coffee maker in order to do this and remove the bottom off the carefully. it is mostly cheap plastic in many brands.
Just inside you will see a couple of electronic components that look like a little missile (lol) these things are called thermisters. Their job is to protect the rest of the components from overheating and causing something else to burn. Those are the ones that go bad when your coffee maker goes off like that. everything else is working except those little thermisters
Most times coffee are discarded because of hard water buildup inside the horse shoe ( as I will call it from now on) and it will be very slow heating the water because the water can't pass through.
I used the thermisters of an old one that I had thrown into the garage about a year before with the clogging problem. took the thermisters off that one and connected them to the one that wouldn't do anything except turn on the little light on.
(There are some you can buy online that are switchable thermisters. Which means that they will turn off when or if the heat reaches a certain temperature.Then instead of burning out all together like the cheap ones, they will cool off and turn back on when they cool off. You can find them at ebay from the ebay ID name of Wendell Riseley. He is quick to deliver and even includes his email and phone number if you have any problems. You just replace the missile looking ones with the new ones which are flat with 2 wires ) Please do this on your own I do not want to be responsible for anything going wrong. I am simply informing you. And with that said NOT RESPONSIBLE.


I just basically tied the good wired thermisters by over lapping them over the old ones in the coffee maker and made sure it was fairly tight. You can't use solder cause it melts down with the heat generated by the heater. which is a small little ceramic encased thing that is placed to latch unto the horse shoe on it's side.
Just be careful to put in the new ones the same direction as the other ones are. Hope this helps you.
Posted on Oct 22, 2017

Cuisinart... | Answered on Oct 22, 2017


There are 2 thermal fuses in the bottom of the unit, close to the heating element for the pot. Also, there is thermal compound between the plate that the pot sits on and the heating element. The compund on mine dried out in about a year's time, which caused overheating and the fuses to open.

Does anyone know the values of these fuses? I HATE to have bypassed them.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Aug 13, 2017


Theses types of home appliances are not repaired, they are considered disposable, replace it.

Cuisinart... | Answered on Jun 30, 2017

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