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GE 169164 coffee maker problem

Cleaning cycle started then coffee maker stopped working. Coffee maker will not run through cleaning cycle and sill not accept any other setting . How can I get it to reset ?

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  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2008

    I have the same problem as the post above me.

  • bethrn1371 Sep 09, 2008

    I've had my GE 169164 about 2 months. 2-3 weeks after I bought it, it started only brewing about 1/2 of the water in the reservoir. I thought I would add more water so it would brew more, but it just wouldn't do it. If I put enough ground coffee in the pot for 6 cups, it will only brew about 3 cups of water, and just leave the rest in the reservoir. I have tried everything. Took the charcoal filter out & attempted to run a clean cycle several different times. It won't even run the water through for the clean cycle. It turns itself off after an hour or so with a reservoir still full of water. When hubby bought it he didn't save the receipt or original packing materials, so we can't return it. It's money wasted. I would not ever recommend this coffee maker.

  • clarafiske Sep 24, 2008

    we've had this coffee maker 2 months. once the cleaning cycle is started you can't stop it. It never makes it through the cleaning cycle because the water never heats up! Now it's stuck in the cleaning cycle and we're getting ready to throw it away.

  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    I have similar problems with my coffee maker. Has anybody found replacement charcoal filters for the coffee maker? Of course the store that I bought the maker at (walmart) doesn't have them, and I can't find them anywhere online. I wish I hadn't knocked my Senseo off the counter. I am seriously considering buying another one of those, much better, never any problems.

  • lynnnandgene Oct 22, 2008

    CRAPPY product - owned 2 months, won't make coffee because clean light is on - won't go through clean cycle - just won't do anything at all except flash at me. 1800 lady told me to replace it (what, so i can go through this again in 2 months - no thanks - seems like that is the lifecycle of this piece of work.)

  • tidoublegrr Nov 14, 2008

    I have the same problem with not brewing the whole pot. It will stop brewing after about one cup and then pause for about 15 minutes and do another cup or so. The pot turns off before I get all of my coffee brewed.

  • DeniseV Nov 14, 2008

    Mine did the same thing only used it twice - the coffee exploded all through the brewing system - THIS I A TERRIBLE PRODUCT and i called GE and tried to get another filter they do not have them said they sell a lot of this filter - Some reason I don't believe them



    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT

  • ht0510 Dec 05, 2008

    I believe a CLASS ACTION lawsuit is in ORDER!! What a piece of ****! Same problem - just sits there and blinks at me... With that annoying blue light flashing. All I get is Err and that stupid "BEEP". Any lawyers out there????

  • teebee405 Dec 20, 2008

    It's the useless charcoal filter! I noticed the coffee maker producing much more steam and taking a lot more time to brew a pot than when I first got it. After examining the unit, I noticed the entire filter basket raises up when you insert the carafe. There didn't seem to be anything pushing it down (even the lid when closed down), so I removed the spring. This meant I couldn't remove the carafe while brewing, but I was just trying to see if this was the problem. Nope. I removed the charcoal filter and man, it's kickin' out the java like no-one's business now! I'm going to replace my sprinng and just use filtered water. Kinda sucks that we all paid a little more for this filtering feature that apparently doesn't work.

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    Lynne Jan 07, 2009

    My 169164 will only make 1 cup (or less!!) at a time no matter what I do! I've followed the instructions to the letter, and nothing. I ran a cleaning cycle though I had only brewed 4 pots of coffee (I guess all that on/off made it think I had 60 pots??) and now I can't even get ONE pot. It always seems to leave the water in the resivoir up to the 2 cup mark...HELP???? The thing is brand new for crying out loud!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Jan 07, 2009

    ps: we found the charcoal filter problem on day one and have not used it since...so that is definitely NOT the problem for us. :(

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    only brewed maybe 6 times, and has the same "2-4 cups left in the reservoir" issue. Lots of steam coming out the top, but little water. Seemed like it wasn't getting water through the filtering system, which from these posts appears correct.

  • WysiFree Jan 17, 2009

    Had the same problem the first time the "clean" light came on. Tried all the fixes and it just sits. Probably the fuse. Back to Walmart*. Maybe they will take action.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    my coffee pot turns on but will not make coffee

  • kicker4u2c Feb 24, 2009

    I use the clean function and thats it. It will only make 2 cups at a time . I called GE and they said take it back to walmart there is a 1 year statifaction garantee but the second one I have did the same thing. There has to be a reset or a fuse or something to clear the memory. I dont care if the clock works or not I just want coffey

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    Mine has the same issue, is coming on, even in cleaning mode, you can hear the clicks where it is supposed to be cleaning but no water comes through. I swear, maybe I need to go back to the old stovetop purculators for as much trouble as GEs give me!

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*** HOW TO RESET THE GE 169164 COFFEE MAKER ***

After endless online searches yielding the same results (nothing useful), I figured out how to reset this coffee maker.

While coffee maker is plugged in and the evil little blue light is mocking you relentlessly, press and hold the 1-4 button and the TSB button simultaneously for 3 seconds or so. This will cause the device to exit it's error status and allow normal use of it.

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  • MotherofAtoZ Feb 27, 2011

    Wasprey... THANK YOU!!!!! amazing... also makes the cleaning light to go off and able to use my much needed coffee pot.... TY... Very grateful mother of two baby girls....

  • JenBoudreau Apr 07, 2011

    Well I did that and the evil blue light stopped flashing and the error stopped flashing, but now when I push start nothing happens??? Why???

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    Vanetta Solomon Sep 02, 2019

    @Wasprey Bless you!! Thank you for saving this educator from a meltdown the night before school starts!

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    Vanetta Solomon Sep 02, 2019

    @Wasprey Bless you!! Thank you for saving this educator from a meltdown the night before school starts!

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I downloaded the manual for the GE 169164 coffee maker. The cleaning cycle takes approximately 1 hour. Here is what to do. It worked for me.

1. Pull the chlorine stick filter out.
2. Fill the carafe with 4 cups vinegar and 4 cups water & mix. Pour into urn.
3. Push "Clean" button/(Blue Lamp) hold for 3 seconds (Push hard and hold)
4. Blue lamp should now be blinking.
5. Leave alone for one hour. Machine goes through many short cycles.
6. When done, 8 cups of hot water & vinegar mix will be in the carafe. Blue cleaning lamp is out.
7. Flush carafe and fill urn with 12 cups of clean cool water & run through, You're done!

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The clean light above the display is actually a button push it in for 3 seconds and the light goes out.

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I found similarly sized (and shaped) charcoal filters here: http://www.nextag.com/capresso-charcoal-water-filter/search-html

I ordered tham and will attempt to squeeze them into the little filter basket for my GE coffee pot cleaning. This solution should work.

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Just an FYI the model most of you are posting about has been recalled. apparently there were overheating/fire issues. If you go to the gehousewares website there is a link on the recall

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I have a ge model 169164 coffee maker. The clean light is on. It will not go away. I cannot make coffee. Help!!

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I had this problem today too. Mine stopped after about four cups of water had run through it.
I unplugged the coffeemaker and removed the wand with the marshmallow looking charcoal filter doo-hickey. While the machine was unplugged I pushed in the clean button and with it still depressed, I plugged the coffee maker back in.
I let go of the clean button and the coffee maker finished the clean cycle and reset. I put the wand back in but without the filter.
Now I have to go find more little filter blobs, apparently mine was full of sediment and not letting enough water get by.

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I think the solution is to let it run through the one hour cleaning cycle with the charcoal filter removed, and as I have not been able to find a replacement charcoal filter just leave it out. Though I would put the filter holder back in.

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For the problem of the plate not heating up, there is a fuse, not user servicable, if you know what you are doing, there are 2 fusible links, under the warming plate that can be replaced. they are 218c fuses, very hot so like i said, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING!! They are a safety limit so theres a reason they blew. otherwise either return it to walmart or buy a new one,

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

I bought the GE 169164 coffee maker from Walmart, I also got the cleaning problem, I found and downloaded the manual from this link http://www.gehousewares.com/Browse_Product.aspx?category_id=12 Automatic clean function is explained in page 11. Fill reservoir with water, press cleaning light which is also a button for 3 seconds until it flashes and wait to cleaning to finish.

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