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Water leaking from bottom of coffee maker

My coffee pot leaks a large amount of water on to my countertop. I have been careful to rule out any problems that may occur when filling the water reservoir.

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  • lizzietiz Mar 24, 2008

    Mine is leaking as well all over the counter. I thought since I do have hard water it may have build up, but I have cleaned everything with vinegar and still leaking.


  • BonoCoff Mar 28, 2008

    I also have been experiencing the same problem.

    1) I suspected that the problem was due to condensation since I use filtered water from the refrigerator. However, I now allow the chilled, filtered water to warm to room temperature.

    2) The problem still occurs when I fill the reservoir and allow it sit overnight. 3) It doesn't leak so badly when I brew the coffee immediately upon filling the reservoir.

    4) I have never cleaned/delimed the unit, as the clean warning light has never become lit. Since I use only filtered or reverse osmosis water in the unit, I expect it never to need self-cleaning.

  • BonoCoff May 13, 2008

    On May 13, Guest wrote:

    The solution is the hose. The problem is you can not remove the bottom without a special tool and the hose is unavailable. I am curious how EA6BDVR removed the bottom and then found the hose. I wound up braking the bottom of my coffee maker with the intent of gluing it but then could not find the hose.



    I quite agree. I thought all that is required is a "headlight" screwdriver (so called because of the six point screw used to attach car headlights), but I haven't been able to find the right one. I think that maybe yet another "special tool" is required. I, too, would like to know how EA6BDVR performed the repair. Cuisinart offered no repair solution. I suspect that if the bottom can be removed, any food-grade, heat resistant plastic tubing available from a hardware store would work

  • BonoCoff May 11, 2010

    That makes a lot of sense. Can you provide some hints for replacement, or does this require outside service?

  • jennie Aug 16, 2013

    lizzietiz....mine is doing the same thing and I HAVE cleaned it with the vinegar and water as directed. UGH!!! I need my coffee. Did you find out any solutions??? :/

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    add water light is on coffee maker even though it's filled

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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.

Posted on May 08, 2008

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Just fixed my Cuisinart 12-Cup Coffeemaker which was leaking water through the base of the unit and all over my counter. You need a T10 star screwdriver to remove the 4 screws from the base of the unit. Once you take off the bottom, you'll see 2 orange hoses. One or both are probably leaking. When I pulled back the hose clamp one of the rubber hoses broke and the other was noticeably cracked. I cut both hoses beyond the damage and was able to get them back on (barely) and clamped. After screwing in the base, I brewed a pot of coffee ... no leaks. This should last for a little while but the hoses will definitely need to be replaced in the future. Other option is to toss the whole unit and buy another one. Other than that, the unit has performed very well over the years we've had it. Hope this helps!

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    Lorraine Walker Nov 23, 2014

    Thank you so much! Thus is our second Cuisinart 2600C in many years; I don't remember what was wrong with the first one, but we liked it so much we still bought the same model to replace it. Now the current one was leaking water out of the bottom..badly. This comment/reply by Val O solved our problem! It was tricky getting the torx 10 screws out. I had a multi-screw kit, but the shaft was too wide for the hole in the bottom of the coffeemaker. Searching the net, someone suggested a very small flathead screwdriver, and it worked great! I still used the torx one once the screw was mostly out, as it is magnetic to get the thing out of the "tunnel". Neither hose was obviously cracked, until I tried to loosen one and it was cracking instantly from any movement. removed and cut off the bad bit, then pushed the "new" end onto the metal pipe (the hose clamp is very easy to move around). No more leaks!! Thanks again! There was another response on the net that warned to NOT try to fix a leak because of electrocution/fire hazard, but I think if you use common sense, there's no issue. Probably have to actually replace the hose at some point.

  • Pete Tete
    Pete Tete Dec 07, 2017

    Worked like a charm. Was difficult to get the T10 screws out, as previous poster noted, holes are so deep my multi-tool would not fit. I was able to get 3 screws out by dropping the T10 head in the hole, and then turning with the screwdriver the 1mm which was poking out. But one hole is a lot deeper than the others. A thin flathead did the trick. Once I had the base off, I filled the tank with water and watched as one of the hoses leaked into the sink. When I removed that hose, the end of it crumbled to bits. I cut off the dried out end with an exacto knife, and used the same screwdriver to push the little filter inside the hose farther down. Then I re-attached the hose which barely fit, and added the hose clamp. Would very much like to find replacement hoses, but it is working once again. Thanks!

  • Pete Tete
    Pete Tete Dec 07, 2017

    Hi again,
    I found a replacement hose. Only 5 bucks, free shipping (in the US only). Comments section indicates people have successfully used it for this exact Cuisinart model. It is even the same colour as the Cuisinart hose. High temperture (sic) silicone tubing. Unfortunately, they won't ship it to Canada where I live, but am looking for it here.
    https://www.amazon.com/High-temperture-s...

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The tool is a special tool that is either meant to be vandal or idiot proof. Being one of the aforementioned I bought a set of these special tools at Sears. The first problem is Cuisinart recesses the hole so much that my tool can not remove the screw. I tried widening the hole using a drill bit but it cracked and broke.
As for using a hose from a hardware store, I have been there and done that. The hose attatched to the warmer side melted and leaked everywhere.

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  • M Lillian Curtis Jun 12, 2011

    Have the same problems with our Cuisinart with the same results. Chalked it up to "built-in obsolescence" - Cuisinart just wants all of us to go out buy new ones after a couple of years!

  • Donna Beadel Sep 08, 2013

    I have a new Cuisinart and it's leaking, will be returning it today!

  • Ginny Bell
    Ginny Bell Jul 09, 2018

    How do I return it after using it for six months

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This is the second cuisinart coffee pot I have owned that has done this. First one lasted 5 years, this one two years. I'm done with cuisinart coffee pots.

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Mine had a pin hole in the aluminum pipe in the bottom. I fixed it with some metal epoxy as described here: http://www.andrewfuqua.com/2015/11/repair-leaky-cuisinart.html

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This Cuisinart DCC1200 coffee maker is not designed to last over 3 years!!! DONT BUY IT!!!

Posted on Mar 07, 2015

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    Andre Giguere Feb 18, 2018

    Can't remove the bottom plate as they are using a modified T10 screwdriver. So I don't have access to the hoses that are leaking. I will never buy Cuisnart products ever again.
    Andre Giguere in Quebec.

  • Amy Grzina
    Amy Grzina May 22, 2018

    Agree. I've had two coffee pots do the very same thing. Done with Cuisinart!

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The solution is the hose. The problem is you can not remove the bottom without a special tool and the hose is unavailable. I am curious how EA6BDVR removed the bottom and then found the hose. I wound up braking the bottom of my coffee maker with the intent of gluing it but then could not find the hose.

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Look for leaks up at the top by the top hinge.

mine leaks there. apparently a gasket is missing or just not tight enough.

you should see bubbles come out and see water go into the filter cone but some of it leaks down the inside (near the pot inside) and out the bottom of the maker and appears to be leakng from the bottorm.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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