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Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT Troubleshooting

An automatic drip coffee maker, manufactured beginning in 2010, by Mr. Coffee. Also identified by model numbers BVMC-SJX36GT and BVMC-SJX36GTWM.

Coffee Maker Will Not Brew Coffee ¶ 

Coffee maker is not plugged in ¶ 

Check to make sure your power cord is plugged in to the outlet. If it is plugged in, and the clock display does not activate, you may have a faulty power cord. See replacement guide.

There is no water in the reservoir ¶ 

Check the transparent panel on the side to see if there is water in the reservoir. If not, fill with desired amount of water.

Filter basket is not placed correctly ¶ 

Check to make sure the filter basket is correctly placed in the coffee maker. If it is slightly offset, simply rotate it until you feel it settle into its slot.

Decanter is off center ¶ 

Adjust the decanter so that it is sitting, centered, on the hot plate.

Valve is clogged ¶ 

If your coffee maker sounds like it is brewing, yet brews nothing, you may have to dislodge debris from the valve. See our guide to replace the valve in your coffee maker, and once you have the valve out, simply rinse it of debris. Make sure to place the valve back the way you took it out. If placed back the wrong way, it will not let water pass through.

Coffee Maker Brews Slowly ¶ 

Your coffee maker brews, but brews slowly or does not finish cycle.

Coffee maker needs to be cleaned ¶ 

Water from your tap can build up calcium and minerals deposits in your coffee maker. To clean, run a solution of vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio through your coffee maker: set it up to brew a full 12 cups (6 cups vinegar and 6 cups water). After you run this through your coffee maker, run two full cycles of plain water. You should repeat this process every 40-80 brews, depending on how quickly your coffee maker builds up these minerals.

Valve is clogged ¶ 

If your coffee maker is brewing slowly, the valve may be clogged and you may have to dislodge debris from the valve. See our guide to replace the valve in your coffee maker, and once you have the valve out, simply rinse it of debris. Make sure to place the valve back the way you took it out. If placed back the wrong way, it will not let water pass through.

There are Grounds in the Coffee ¶ 

After your coffee maker brews, there are grounds in the coffee pot.

Filter basket is not placed correctly ¶ 

Check to make sure the filter basket is correctly placed in the coffee maker. If it is slightly offset, simply rotate it until you feel it settle into its slot.

There is too much coffee in the filter basket ¶ 

You may be putting too much coffee in the filter basket when brewing your coffee. This may cause some of the grinds to splash up and over the filter. Ideally, you should only put 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per six ounces of water.

There is a damaged filter basket ¶ 

Check to make sure that your filter basket is not damaged in any way (e.g. cracks or holes in the plastic). If you have a damaged filter basket you may need to purchase a new one.

There is Water Around the Base of Coffee Maker ¶ 

There is water outside the decanter or surrounding the base of the coffee maker.

Filter basket is not placed correctly ¶ 

Check to make sure the filter basket is correctly placed in the coffee maker. If it is slightly offset, simply rotate it until you feel it settle into its slot.

Too much water in reservoir ¶ 

Make sure to not fill the reservoir above the “max” line, as the reservoir is equipped with overflow slots that will leak if overfilled.

Cracked or broken water tubes ¶ 

The rubber tubes that pass the water through the coffee maker may be damaged in some way. If they are cracked, or have holes, you need to replace them. See our replacement guide.

Damaged O-rings ¶ 

The O-rings that hold the heating plate in place may be damaged. See our replacement guide. Note that this problem will likely accompany a problem with the hot water tubes as water should not be in the mechanical part of the coffee maker; the water tubes are the only part that carry water to different sections of the coffee maker.

Cracked or broken base ¶ 

Examine the base of your coffee maker. If you notice any cracks or holes you need to replace it. See our replacement guide. Note that this problem will likely accompany a problem with the hot water tubes as water should not be in the mechanical part of the coffee maker; the water tubes are the only part that carry water to different sections of the coffee maker.

Coffee Tastes Like Plastic ¶ 

Coffee brews normally, but has a plastic-like taste or odor.

Coffee maker is new and needs to be cleaned ¶ 

If the coffee maker has been recently bought, or it has not been used very much since it has been bought, the plastic tubing that the water runs through may leave your coffee tasting like plastic. One solution is to run a cleaning cycle through your coffee maker. To clean, run a solution of vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio through your coffee maker: set it up to brew a full 12 cups (6 cups vinegar and 6 cups water). After you run this through your coffee maker, run two full cycles of plain water.

There is a plastic residue that normal cleaning won't remove ¶ 

Please see our How-to guide on cleaning the inside of your coffee maker more thoroughly.

Note: you may need to repeat several times if plastic odor and smell remain.

Coffee is Cold ¶ 

Coffee maker brews, but brews cold, or the coffee becomes cold after brewing.

Automatic shut off has activated ¶ 

If your coffee has been sitting in the decanter for longer than two hours, the automatic 2 hour shut off has activated. Select "brew now" to reactivate heating plate.

Faulty heating element ¶ 

If your coffee is brewed cold, or cools extremely quickly, you may have a faulty heating element. Why is my coffee cold?.

Coffee is Weak or Watery ¶ 

Your coffee brews, but the brew is "weak," or does not have that much flavor. Especially weak coffee will be noticeably lighter than a regular or strong brew.

Your coffee maker is set to "regular" ¶ 

The BVMC-SJX33GT features a "strong brew" setting. If you prefer a stronger brew, select the "brew strength" button until the strong brew indicator lights.

Not enough grounds are being used ¶ 

Ideally, you should use 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per six ounces of water. If using 1 tablespoon or less, try using 2 instead.

Grounds are too coarse ¶ 

If the grind of your coffee is too coarse (not ground fine enough), it will produce a weaker brew. This is not an issue with the coffee maker, but rather the coffee you are brewing. To produce stronger coffee, grind your coffee more finely or purchase a coffee with a finer grind.

Water does not soak through all of the grounds ¶ 

Due to the off-center positioning of the water spout, water may not soak all of the grounds, which leads to weaker coffee. The easiest way to ensure that water soaks all of the grounds is to use the Mr. Coffee "water filtration system," a filtration disk that sits over the grounds and filters the chlorine from the water. Because it sits above the grounds, water from the spout more uniformly spreads over the coffee grounds to wet them. The "water filtration system" can be found here from the manufacturer and replacement disks can be found here on Amazon.com.

20 Comments

My coffee maker just will now brew. I have had it for about 4 months now. I set it to auto brew the other day, the coffee was ready the next morning & now I can't get it to brew. Any ideas?

linda - Reply

Mine wont brew after just 8 months. glass and filter are positioned correctly. no sounds no nothing.

rocknnnroll - Reply

Mine lights up and everything. Won't brew or make a sound. Worked fine yesterday.

Nikole Louder -

Same thing it won't do anything, no sounds either.

Tena Wilkinson - Reply

i did everything to make sure that the valve was cleaned my coffee pot still wont brew i have had it for 4 months. i thought Mr. Coffee was supposed to be top of the line. if i cant find out whats wrong ill trash it and get a Ninja.

dreamkeeper30 - Reply

My machine didn't get hot. I just tested mine and determined that the thermal fuse on the heating element is bad. It's about a $5 part. I'll see if I can fix it.

Doug tucker - Reply

Any luck? My problem sounds like yours

juliejmiller -

My machine was working fine for many months, now all of a sudden it won't heat up. I am betting the them all fuse went bad, so where is it & where can I get a new one? Jsyk I have taken apart older coffee makers before & understand wiring.

Elise Lefort -

Same issue with mine... 8 months old, turns on and won't heat up / brew...

latorrefam - Reply

Same issue with mine. All lights come on but it won't brew. 1 year old! What is wrong with it?

Dennis McCartney -

The lights and buttons works but it won't get hot nor brew. It's brand new. Is there a way I can reset it or what do I have to do??

Allie Bridgewater -

Mine to no heat and only had it for 6 mos

Rhonda Love -

Same here had it for 6 mos no heat what the !&&*

Rhonda Love -

I hit the set delay button now it won't make coffe how do I fix this

Michael - Reply

It sounds like this same problem is happening for everyone where even though it is plugged in, water is in the reservoir, coffee grounds are properly inserted in the filter, it's still not brewing. The lights also turn on for me as if it's going to brew and it will not. Has anyone found a solution or did you just get a new machine?

Maria - Reply

Same thing here. It worked fine yesterday. Today its not brewing. Water in the reservoir is not heating up at all.

kkvolleygirl - Reply

I've had mine for a little over a year and it stopped brewing midway through a cycle. I at least got one cup of coffee for the day. I don't like 'disposable' appliances - maybe I'll just go to the old-style percolator.

margaret.jacobs1960 - Reply

I don't know how long I've had my machine but it's less than a year for sure and it won't brew either! All lights are on and everything else looks like it's ready, Guessing I'm gonna need to buy a new one this time I won't get a mr coffee brand!

jvander - Reply

New Mr Coffee month old brews half pot/ and is weak. I tried strong setting and made strong, but won't make regular pot of coffee. This sucks. No more Mr Coffee brewers for this house.

Michael Lee - Reply

In my experience if all you want is less than a dozen pitchers of tea this is a great product. The switch stopped working at less than 12 and efforts to reset by holding power button in for 5 seconds and having an online chat with Mr Coffee has ended in wasting a lot of time. So if you want a glass of Ice Tea put a bunch of tea bags in a gallon jar and set it in the sun... It is also a lot faster than talking to Customer service and more satisfying.... enjoy....

Douglas Gangwer - Reply

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