cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing middle cycle

Are you stuck with the issue that your Cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing middle cycle?

Then you have found the perfect guide to teach you all you need to eliminate that problem.

The first thing you must ensure is that all components are clean and don’t have clogged buildups. After that, it is a good idea to assess the charcoal filter status and the heating element, as it might prevent the machine from heating the water.

Most of the solutions we suggest in this guide don’t require you to deal with difficult electrical components.

We hope you can get your coffee maker running by simply doing a regular check.

But if you need to replace the heating element, we will teach you how!

Cuisinart Coffee Maker Stops Brewing Middle Cycle? – Reasons

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Some coffee lovers will run into a situation where their Cuisinart Coffee Maker stops mid-brew.

It is important to notice that such a sudden stop does not immediately mean something serious is happening. 

Before checking the solutions to that, let’s see what the main causes are:

Clogged System

If you’ve had the coffee maker for a long time and forgot to clean its insides, calcium buildup may prevent full cycles from finishing.

Damaged/Broken Heating Element

The heating element is an important electrical component of your coffee maker.

Perhaps your device stops right before the brewing truly starts because the device can’t get proper heat.

Charcoal Filter

The charcoal filter on your Cuisinart coffee maker might need replacement. When that happens, the device’s functions are compromised.

Dirty Blades

If you have a model that grinds the coffee, that operation might stop because the blades are dirty from old coffee.

How To Fix A Cuisinart Coffee Maker Stopping Mid Cycle

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So we’ve checked the most common causes behind the Cuisinart coffee maker stopping mid-cycle.

Now you must be dying to learn the solutions to keep preparing delicious coffee, right?

Then check all the solutions below and ensure you follow the steps correctly.

1. Unclog The Coffee Maker

You might not believe it, but the most common cause of trouble with coffee makers is the clog accumulated in them.

You will have to clean both the brewing basket and the water pumps. We will go step by step to show you how to clean properly.

Clean The Brewing Basket

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The brewing basket is the first component you must clean. You must assess its look and determine how much cleaning it needs.

You need to remove it before cleaning:

  1. Hold the brew basket’s handle
  2. Lift it up
  3. Take it out of the device
  4. Place it in your sink
  • As mentioned, the level of cleaning you must perform depends on the dirt on it.

The safest way of ensuring that the brewing basket gets completely clean is this:

  1. Heat a bit of water
  2. Use warm water and soap to remove debris
  3. You can also use vinegar to get rid of old coffee’s taste
  4. Scrub well with a sponge or dishcloth
Tip: If you commit yourself to clean the brew basket regularly, you can prevent further issues.

Run A Cleaning Cycle

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More than cleaning the brew basket, running a cleaning cycle that will unclog the device’s internal pumps is often necessary.

Since water we use at home is purified with minerals, some of those minerals leave a buildup that must be eliminated occasionally.

Here is how:

  1. Put 1-part water and 2-parts vinegar in the water reservoir
  2. Run the device in a normal cycle
  3. Remove the vinegar with water
  4. Run two or three more cycles (only water) to fully remove the vinegar

When proceeding to step 2, check if your Cuisinart coffee maker has a “clean” button or anything similar.

If it has, don’t run a normal cycle, but rather the machine’s cleaning cycle. It will be more effective!

Note: Don't use soap when you need to clean the brew basket or pumps. That is because soap makes foam which takes more effort to go away. Also, you don't want your coffee to taste like soap!

2. Clean The Blades

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If you have a Cuisinart coffee maker that includes a grinder to grind fresh coffee beans, then there is one more part you must clean regularly.

If the grinder is not clean, it might become clogged too, and the brewing session will halt because the grains can’t be ground. 

Do the following:

  1. Remove the bean hopper and grind chamber from the coffee maker;
  2. Grab a soft brush or a dry cloth;
  3. Remove any remaining coffee grounds or debris from the blades of the grinder;
  4. Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the blades to remove stubborn remains;
  5. Wash the grinding chamber and bean hopper with warm soapy water;
  6. Rinse them thoroughly.

After that, allow the parts to dry completely before reassembling the coffee maker.

When they are put back in place, plug the coffee maker again and see if the brewing proceeds as intended.

Tip: You can also run some rice grains through the grinder to remove any remaining oils or coffee residue.

3. Check The Charcoal Filter

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Another important component of your Cuisinart coffee maker is the charcoal filter.

Note: Failing to change it every 60 cycles will compromise the device's ability to go through the entire brewing process. It also makes coffee taste weird. 

So you must buy a replacement charcoal filter and do the following:

  1. Open the water tank;
  2. Press down at the pocket of the old filter holder;
  3. Release and remove it;
  4. Clean the old filter holder (with soapy water);
  5. Soak the new charcoal filter in a bowl of water for 15 minutes;
  6. Insert the new filter into the holder pocket;
  7. Close that pocket and listen for a snapping sound;
  8. Rinse the filter holder;
  9. Put everything back in place.

With a new charcoal filter in place, your coffee maker can go through all the brewing steps again.

4. Check The Heating Element’s Joints

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Suppose that managing the cleanliness of your coffee maker didn’t solve the issue.

In that case, the issue probably lies in the heating element. Its joints might be out of place or damaged, or the entire component has blown. 

Investigate The Joints

If you have used the coffee maker for a long time, the heating element’s joints may no longer be soldered.

That happens due to the heat that the whole device generates.

First, you must find the heating element:

  1. Put the Cuisinart upside down;
  2. Detach the bottom plate;
  3. Inspect the joints closely.

If you see that the joints are no longer connected, you must use a soldering wire and iron to reestablish the solder:

  1. Use the iron to melt the wire;
  2. Put a few drops into the joints;
  3. Ensure a new bridge is created to transmit electricity.
Note: Don't put too much solder, as that can damage other components or make the electricity not follow the correct way.

5. Install A New Heating Element

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Suppose you have already checked the joints on the heating element, and they are fine.

In that case, the heating element is probably defective.

You must test it with a multimeter:

  1. Set the multimeter to “ohm”;
  2. Touch the multimeter to the heating element;
  3. If readings are not between 10 and 15, the heating element is broken.

Install A Replacement

Cuisinart does not sell replacement parts, but a heating element is easy to find at a retailer or specialized shops.

  • You must pay attention to the size of your coffee maker and its correct voltage!

After you have the replacement in your hands, do the following:

install a replacement
  1. Detach any wires from the old heating element;
  2. Remove screws and bolts;
  3. Discard the old heating element;
  4. Place the new heating element;
  5. Connect the wires;
  6. Tighten the screws

What We Learned

What do you do when the Cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing middle cycle? Usually, the problem is related to some part of the coffee maker being clogged.

That will stop water circulation and put the process to a halt. However, at other times you will have to replace the heating element.

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