How to Repair a Farberware Percolator Coffee Maker

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How to Repair a Farberware Percolator Coffee Maker
Check for problems with the heating system, electrical cord and filters. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Farberware percolator coffee makers have been around for more than 50 years. Percolators work by cycling boiling water through a basket of coffee several times. Farberware percolators have electrical components, a heating plate and internal pipes. If your percolator stops working, there are a few things you can check to see if repairs can be made.

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Things you need

  • Screw driver
  • Pliers
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Multimeter
  • Liquid sealant

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  1. 1

    Turn off the coffee maker and pull the plug out of the wall. Take off the base plate by unscrewing the bottom shell with a screw driver. You will see a small switch panel with two wires coming out of it. The heating rod or plate is located next to it. Look for a loose or broken wire. If you find one, try to reattach the wire with pliers or go to a Farberware retailer with the broken piece.

    How to Repair a Farberware Percolator Coffee Maker
    If you see broken wires, try to reattach them. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Turn the coffee maker back on and use a multimeter to test the wiring to see if the switch is working. If the reading is low or zero, then the electrics are working. If it is high, or if it fluctuates, then you probably have an electrical problem. If so, take the coffee maker to a retailer or electrical repair person and explain the problem. You might need to replace the wires or the element.

    How to Repair a Farberware Percolator Coffee Maker
    Use a multimeter to test the electrical current. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Reassemble the machine and run a cycle of water and vinegar through the percolator. Dilute the vinegar 1:1 with water, fill the water receptacle with the solution and turn the machine on. This will remove any clogs it might have. You can also use a solution of eight cups of water with 2 tsp of baking soda.

    How to Repair a Farberware Percolator Coffee Maker
    Household vinegar is good for cleaning appliances. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Check for leaks at the base of the coffee maker. Fill the machine with cold water and move it from side to side to see if any water comes out. If it does, you can use a liquid sealant to plug the leaks.

Tips and warnings

  • Always unplug the machine before working on it.

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