It’s been years since my interest in trying out new recipes and cuisines took on a new life. Coffee is my go-to buddy currently and I, personally, love experimenting with coffee makers now and then. My friend’s Bunn Coffee Brewer has been saving her coffee regime for a while and it wasn’t news when I discovered that it’s been behaving oddly in some ways.
You might have faced a few setbacks yourself, but it is just another teething trouble that needs a check. Your machine just requires manual fixes which can be easily worked upon. Taking into account the most common issues that you guys might face, I’ve put together a brief troubleshooting guide. Thank me later!
BUNN Coffee Maker Troubleshooting- Fixes
- Do you hear unusual noises?
This is one of the most common pet-peeves among Bunn users and if you agree, then you’re not alone, it drives me nuts too. It gets annoying at times and I researched quite a lot to get to the bottom of this, turns out there are a number of factors that might cause this problem. Check to see if they cater to your queries:
- When water is boiling, these “gurgling” sounds are usually heard, even a technician won’t be a help because your coffee maker is built in a way that sudden rise in the water temperature (very high) causes this.
- If this mere bubbling gets on to a whole new level of “rumbling”, then dear people, it’s time to solve this hiccup. There can be two reasons: either there’s a mineral build-up in your machine which needs descaling (ASAP), or there’s an issue with your water supply.
- Hack 1: I think I saw it coming because I’ve already written a post about cleaning your Bunn. It’s important that you check it out here because I’ve mentioned some really pro tips on descaling. Once again, my psychic abilities saving my fellow wannabe baristas. **wink wink**
- Hack 2: It’s important that your brewer is connected to a cold water-line. Its water pressure into the unit must not be higher than 90 psi (620 kPa). I advise you to install a regulator to lower the working pressure to approximately 50 psi (345 kPa). Well, too much detail, I know but it might get easier if you consult your water supplier.
- Is Your Brewer Dripping Lesser Coffee?
I know this is really a pain in the neck because there are times you’re running late and when your coffee maker doesn’t cooperate, it’s another crappy day.
This problem has a super-easy solution. Your machine’s sprayhead might be clogged. One of the most clogged parts is the sprayhead which if not cleaned for a while, say two weeks, starts causing minor problems. The only hack is to clean this sprayhead which is fixed under the brew funnel, right above the drip tray. My how-to-clean post will definitely help you fix it.
- Does your coffee taste bitter?
This is a catastrophe, I know. Without delay, let’s get this fixed. However, there can be several reasons if your coffee doesn’t taste that great.
- The mineral content of your water determines the strength of your coffee. If you find your coffee unusually strong, then chances are that the water you use contains a higher ratio of sulfur. A study that I found while looking for the mineral ratio in water, proves that the water content affects coffee extraction. You can have a look here.
- Sometimes, coffee runs bad due to improper storage. Your ground coffee should also be stored safely, away from moisture so that your java doesn’t taste surprisingly bland.
- The size of the grind should also be appropriate. This might not be a problem because I’m sure most of you use ground coffee.
- Also, you should not start brewing without the sprayhead.
- Do you find grounds in your coffee?
Usually, we find sediments at the bottom of our mugs but sometimes these dregs become annoyingly unpleasant. I’ve got a solution for this hitch too. You might be using the wrong filter for your coffee maker. Filter plays a major part in coffee extraction. Using the right size of filter is the key to a clean coffee. Another important hack is to keep the grind size not too fine (in case of whole beans) because these finer particles make it through the filter and hence, the useless sediments. Next time, make sure you follow my advice religiously.
- Is your Bunn leaking?
One of those not-so-cool moments is when your coffee maker leaks. It’s tiring all along because you have to keep wiping the water all day long and heaven forbid if you trip. You can easily avoid this kind of mishap by checking if something’s broken or needs fixing. If your brewer is under warranty period, then try contacting the Bunn service. This problem varies in different Bunn models. If you’re looking for a new model and are still in a fix, then my Best Bunn Coffee Makers post might save you.
To top it all off, your machine is not broken. It just requires proper and regular maintenance. After all, it’s the machine that makes you a perfect cuppa joe. Also, I hope my troubleshooting skills helped you rectify those minor glitches. Let me know if you’re facing other problems, I’ve got your back. Until next time!