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8-cup Farberware electric coffee maker

Coffee does not perk long enough and does not get hot. Are thermostats available for home installation? Hate to throw it away as it was a Christmas gift and not very old. Just bought a 4-C pot but it is too small. Are the thromostats interchangeable? Thank you for your help on this matter.

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  • phil JB Nov 14, 2007

    I have cleaned the coffee pot very well with with dishwasher soap. It sparkles like new, but still has this problem.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2007

    I can hold onto the side of the pot after it quits and have to put the coffee in the micro wave before we drink it. Pot is not a year old.

  • jpls Dec 01, 2007

    I have a problem of the coffee not perking long enough to get hot. suspect thermostat as all connectors appear to be tight and no signs of overheating at the connections..

  • mdsjsb Dec 23, 2007

    I have a 4 cup farberware coffee maker and italso does not perk long enough or and the coffee does not get hot enough. It used to work fine, now it works sometimes, that is it perks but for only a couple of minutes.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2008

    Same problem. Doesn't get hot.

  • phylmaguire Jan 12, 2008

    I have the same problem, I have gone through 2 coffee pots within 2 years with the same problem. I remember my mother having the same Farberware coffee pot for years and years never having a problem. I've had to buy 1 a year. The only time I use it is in the morning. don't know how to resolve the problem, if anyone does let me know.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2008

    have same problem, coffee not hot and it look like tea

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    Does not perk long enough to get a good cup of coffee and it is not really hot at first. Is there an adjustment to increase the perking time?

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008


    We have a four cup Faberware which is fairly new and it just started making only hot water

  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    8 cup Faberware Electric Coffee does not brew long enoough to make a

    good strong hot coffee. Please help. Coffee pot only 1 1/2 years old.

    Thank You! Veronica

  • keutzerl Dec 21, 2008

    I, too, just acquired a Farberware FCP280. I was very excited about getting it but I'm having the same problem as all the others listed here. Weak coffee. Doesn't perk long enough. Not hot enough. What a disappointment.

    I picked it up at a Gargage Sale and wondered why it looked practically brand new. Now I know. :-(

  • jandrews16 Dec 21, 2008

    I have the 4 cup model and the same problem. This is my second one - and the last. I checked the spring - fine. The washer spins freely. Everything clean as a whistle. Took the bottom off and inspected inside - everything dry and intact. The problem is that the Faberware quality has gone from good to junk. Such a shame throwing away beautiful stainless steel. Saving up for a Newco OCS (made in US) or Technivorm KBT (made in Netherlands).

  • mmdaca Feb 24, 2009

    just heats the water makes a perk sound 1 time

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    lost intructions for amount of grounds for a 24 cup perc

  • Happy Jan 03, 2012

    Coffee perked but was luke warm. I scrubbed the inside of the pot and the stem that holds the basket , most important was the hole in the bottom of the pot. I had also stretched the spring on the stem for a better fit in the bottom of the pot. Doing all of this gave a better contact of the metals. Which now, I have very Hot Coffee again. Thanks to people here with their suggestions.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    Cord is ok



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Hi, I just posted this for the FCP412 model: here it goes again.
I've had the same problem, I went with a percolator since our water is hard and we calcify the heating element within about a year. Having the FCP-412 stop working has made me angry as well.
1st, I placed an order for a P04-303 thermostat. It seems to be the correct replacement but we'll see. You can find it here:

2nd, here is my 1 cent fix. Really, insert a penny under the thermostat. The delay that it takes to additionally heat the penny will increase the duration that the 1000 Watt element is on. You can experiment with other materials just make sure it isn't flammable (it's next to the element) and it is not too insulate (you want the thermostat to open the circuit some time after the start of the heating cycle (3-3:30 minutes).
Good luck. -david
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I have a 4 cup farberware electric coffee pot which I have described the problem before. I talked to farberware service and they directed me to make sure the little metal washer/ring on the bottom of the tub moved freely, I cleaned it really good with some automatic dishwasher detergent, and now it works fine. Before it didn't seem to perk long enough, the coffee was weak and the coffee was not very hot. Now it perks for much longer, I can smell the fresh coffee aroma and it almost MAC-D's hot. I thought it was a Thermostat also but the service guy said most times it was that the ring gets gummed up with coffee oils and stuff. It didn't look gummed up but it didn't move freely either. I cleaned it and it's been working great for over two weeks.

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  • Roseann Sep 12, 2012

    I am in the process of cleaning my 8 cup pot with Dip-It, definitely perked longer and YES the washer was tight! My husband turned it and it is moving freely. After I clean the pot I will make coffee but this sounds like it was the problem! Thank you for posting!

  • Roseann Sep 12, 2012

    In the process of cleaning my 8 cup with Dip-It as I type. My husband found the washer to be tight , turned it and it moved freely. It definitely perked longer, once I clean it I will make coffee. Want to thank you for posting this.

  • Roseann Sep 14, 2012

    I am sorry to report the washer fix didn't work. Cleaned it with steel wool, was moveable but this mornings coffee was water and just that!!! Really a shame and I did notice the Dip-IT does not work on the pot like it did yrs ago. I guess it's just poorly made now!

  • Maria Apr 21, 2013

    THANKS for the tip. I thought I kept my percolator clean, but I got that washer to move freely and just brewed a great pot of coffee. Way better solution than jumping to the thermostat first.


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I've had farberware percolaters for the last 40 years. I noticed the last 15 years that they don't last very long anymore. I was buying them every year. This time, it went through it's cycle of "tea" colored coffee, then finally died. Since it was going to be ANOTHER pot that I had to trash, I banged it on my tile counter 6-8 times out of frustration - and IT WORKS NOW!!

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I have repaired a number of Farberware pots using new P04-303 thermostats from Goodmans, Cerini Coffee and others. To make them last, I use silver-bearing solder to bond the round rivet ends to the flats of the electrical spades. It can be done on a used thermostat but it's difficult due to the discoloration and oxidization that occurs during use. If you mod a new thermostat with a couple of drops of well placed solder, well tinned to the rivets and tabs, the thermostat will last a very, very long time.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Farberware was bought by a Chinese company and isn't the Farberware your mother used any more. This coffee pot problem is epidemic with no suppor, it is Not a spring problem 99% of the time.. There is a thermostat that controls the electric flow underneath to the heater. Apparantly this is the most likely culprit. Not sure yet where to get another one. It is easily changed with a Phillips Screwdriver. It shouldn't be more than $5 so find one and give it a try. If it is supplied by the manufacturer, it will most likely go again under 1 year. Buy a Newco OCS-8.

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  • Diesel Eddie Aug 21, 2011

    Okay, I think we might have helped overcome the Chinese version of the farberware coffee pot. First make sure the spring on the stem is snug and clean making good contact not just slipped on. Second, after removing the little metal spring steel clip holding down the thermostat against the bottom portion of the coffee pot, bend the metal clip so it puts more consistent pressure on the thermostat making giving it tighter pressure up against the pit. ALWAYS use COLD water when making coffee. The cold water shocks the bean when heated to release more flavor and enjoy. My pot when from a 2 min 36 second perk to a 4 min 40 second perk. GREAT COFFEE!

    PS, adding something under the thermostat between it and the pot did not improve things at all i nfact it seemed to shorted the perk time.


Coffee taste "soapy", "plasticly"

Posted on Jan 06, 2008

If your pot heats up but does not perk the coffee strong enough the problem could be the spring attached to the center support that runs up through the grind stainer. I found that if the spring lost it's tension or came off the center post than the basket would not "perk" and the coffee grinds would not blend with the water. Replace the spring and the coffee was fine

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For solution No.2, is the washer attached to the stem? I have the 8-cup. I cleaned the waster on the bottom of the stem. I have to try it next to see if it works. My coffee was also weak and warm.

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SOURCE: 8-cup Farberware electric coffee maker

Most electronics have a 1 year warranty, if you could find out were it came from you could take it back and get store credit for it. I wish I could help you more, but on this sort of thing I can't imagine there is much you can do other than that.

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SOURCE: 8-cup Farberware electric coffee maker

.There is a thermostat that controls the electric flow underneath to the heater. that is the most likely culprit. but am not surewhere to get another one. but you can easily changed with a Screwdriver. It shouldn't be more than $8

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