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My west bend 12 cup percolator does not percolate. The problem is either the heating element or the thermostat. the thermostat kicks off the heating element too soon because the water only gets hot.


check with the manufacturer / service agent as to the thermostat setting
as it is getting hot , the element is working but there are now safety regulations that prohibit water over 80 degrees c so the thermostat may be set at the correct temp allowed by law

Oct 25, 2016 | Refrigerators

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Why doesn't percolator run long enough


The thermostat in the base of the pot needs replaced...it is the little round thing pressed against the base of the pot. (You can see it after removing the base of the pot.) Pull off the leads and remove the screw holding it in and get a new one at goodmans.net ($10 including shipping...I just got one from them.)

You should take a picture before removing anything to make sure that you get the leads connected up correctly.

You have a main perk element and a keep warm element in the base of the pot. Plus a thermostat pressed against the bottom to sense temperature. Upon plugging in a cold pot, the thermostat reads zero ohms and applies 120 volts all to the perk element. Then when the thermostat senses a high enough temp, it opens and 120 volts is still applied to the perk heating element, but this time through the keep warm element (about 200 ohms or so). So now the perk element although hot is not hot enough to continue perking, just keeps your already perked coffee warm.

On a cold pot, you should read about 17 ohms looking into the pot...on a warm pot (with the thermostat opened up) you will read in the hundreds of ohms.

May 11, 2014 | Farberware FCP280 Stainless Steel...

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How hot should the coffee be in a Farberware percolator


It should be about 180 degrees. The percolator should perc about one minute for each cup of coffee. If it stops too soon and the water is not hot, then the thermostat is bad. The thermostat can be replaced.

Feb 06, 2014 | Faberware FCP280 Coffee Maker

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Vintage farberware percolator does not stop percolating


There is a thermostat in the bottom of the percolator that is broken. It would normally cut off the percolator heating element after the water reaches a certain temperature. It can be replaced but it takes a little skill. There is a video on eBay.

If you want to just unplug the percolator, time it for 1 minute per cup.

Jan 25, 2014 | Faberware Coffee Makers & Espresso...

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Farberware millenium coffee percolator does not heat


There is a thermostat in the bottom of the percolator that is broken. It would normally cut in to perc the coffee and then cut off the percolator heating element after the water reaches a certain temperature. It can be replaced but it takes a little skill. There is a video on eBay.

If you want to bypass the thermostat and just unplug the percolator, time it for 1 minute per cup.

Mar 04, 2013 | Farberware Coffee Makers & Espresso...

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Why won't our poly perk percolator shut off?


I just bought a Poly Perk percolator from a thrift store. If yours is the same, it's a vintage plastic, electric percolator. I found your question while searching for directions for mine. My percolator does'nt shut off either. It just continues running. I don't know if it has a shut off, but I figure I'll just unplug mine for now since it made really good coffee. If it's supposed to shut off, I suspect we're both stuck with few options. I hope you find your solution though.

Jan 18, 2012 | Regal Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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Can you buy a thermostat for 4 c. Faberware coffee pots? If so, from what site? I have three that don't keep coffee hot. I know the pots are good but I am tired of buying new ones for the same problem.


First thing you should do is check the washer on the bottom of the pump stem.
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Check to make sure the washer can move freely (it's not unusual for it to get gunked up. Try putting a flat-blade screwdriver under it and GENTLY prying upwards all around. Spray with a small amount of WD-40, and then run a few brew cycles with just water to get rid of the WD-40. In many cases, this will restore proper operation of the unit.

If not, there are a number of places online from which to purchase replacement parts for Farberware percolators. One is repairshack.com. If your percolators were made before 1998, you'll want the "old style" thermostat, part#P04-056:

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If instead they were made after 1998, you'll need the new style, part#P04-303:

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Jan 09, 2011 | Faberware FCP280 Coffee Maker

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Farberware 4 and 12 cup percolators stopped making good coffee


I thoroughly cleaned my 4-cup percolator by brewing a couple of pots of plain white vinegar and scrubbing the build-up from the bottom of the pot (and running a couple of plain water brews through the pot after all the cleaning). The percolator now brews hot, strong coffee again!

Nov 05, 2008 | Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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Farberware superfast perculator


Thanks for letting us know that there was no solution other than one I would have to come up with entirely on my own. My dad who is old school wouldn't let me give up so we took the thing apart and it was an easy fix. Take the 5/16 nut off the bottom. Pull the slide pins off the thermostat. Take the philips screw out of the support holding the thermostat in place. Use a sharp pointed knife and with the silver Aluminum cap flat on the bench, make a slice on one edge. Use the knife to pull the edge away from the plastic housing and the cap will pop off. Be careful not to loose the small piece of ceramic that lies in a small whole on top of the contact. Use a sharp knife to clean the contacts and check with an ohms meter or continuity light. If it makes a good contact, put it back together. It took my dad and me about 10 minutes to do the entire job. We looked for a part for 20 minutes. Good luck. Rick and Adam Schmitt of Maryland.

Dec 08, 2007 | Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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