In my local trift store I just came across a Melitta Fast Brew Automatic Coffee Maker (MEFB2B). Upon looking at the underside of the maker I noted that the machine provided 1450 Watts, which should be quite sufficient for making a hot cup of coffee. If it is true that basically all you need for good automatic drip coffee is a brewer with 1250+ watts to get the water hot enough and the ability to brew in 8 minutes of so this one should do the job. Now, the particular one I looked at does not seem to have the front buttons working. When you plug it in the time of day goes on. But after filling it with water I pushed the on/off button and nothing happened. I also was not able to change the time. So I assume the buttons on the front of it are broken. Or is there a special way of working and programming this machine? If anyone has used one of these, could you please tell me if you must hold down the buttons in a certain combination or is it just a matter of push the "on" button and it should make the coffee. Does anyone know if it is difficult to repair the buttons, if they are broken?
Sounds like a project, Kewl! Sorry I have no idea aobut the buttons but I bet the tinker types on the list will have LOTS to say aobut this... First question have you ever used a soldering before? Do you have a few spare circuit board handy? Is radio shack on speed dial for parts? If you answered yes to these questions then you can find a way! remember reverse engnering is twice the work with half of the thought....... Enjoy! Dennis
As to the soldering iron; are you knowledgeable as to which end gets hot? The problem is most likely NOT the buttons themselves but the connector from the front panel buttons to the control board. It will be a flat piece of plastic with conductors printed on it and an end that is inserted in a plug. These tend to get / develop a bad connection and quit working. Cleaning them is not a trivial task and has maybe a 50% to 70% success rate. On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 16:47:44 -0400, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote: <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip>http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
Can you just bypass it by jumping the connector making it an always on and just unplug it when not in use? Dennis The problem is most likely NOT the buttons themselves but the connector from the front panel buttons to the control board. It will be a flat piece of plastic with conductors printed on it and an end that is inserted in a plug. These tend to get / develop a bad connection and quit working. Cleaning them is not a trivial task and has maybe a 50% to 70% success rate.
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Ray, not to argue with you but, the electric here sucks, and the microwave continually blinks 12 o clock.... i long ago gave up trying to keep it at the right time. If you are trying to do something with the timer then yep set the clock, otherwise the m wave works fine flashing noon when I nuke a quickie snack or water for the morning coffee or whatever. Aaron raymanowen wrote: <Snip>
err let me add more... unfortunately a lot of those type machines, the computer and pushbutton stuff is an integral part of it's workings. so if the buttons dont' work and you cant set the time etc... theres a good chance you can't work around that, it just won't really work. Ray is correct that if it's a thermal fuse for the heating element, then you can shunt that, but might want to look in to why it blew in the first place....but if the button pad is not working, you might be screwed.. Let me just add this one bit of advice... many digital panel read outsor pushbutton pad devices have a flat ribbon cable that connects them to whatever, if it is not just hard soldered into the board, there is generally like a plastic plug thing type thing.. thing..... thing that it plugs in.... Please, resist ALL temptation as much as possible to unplug the cable from the board to get at the stuff below if you need to..... once you remove that ribbon cable from the receptacle... a polite word for it, getting it back in more often than not is like trying to unpop a balloon. Don't ask how many keboards I have molestered trying to clean out a spilled beer or whatever :) trust me, I know about these stupid ribbon cables. good luck on your machine. aaron
I bought it, got it working and... it is a dud. That is, = notwithstanding its 1450 it does not get the water hot enough. I should = have read reviews before buying it because according to them the problem = is the construction of the coffee maker. Watts along do not the coffee = maker make. I think the problem was the way the water went up the side = of the device rather than right through the center. I only paid $5 so I = chalk it off as a donation to a good charities.