Fix Cuisinart Coffee Maker Shuts OFF After Brewing

I’ve had my Cuisinart coffee maker for two years now. And I love it! It brews the best-tasting coffee. And it’s pretty easy to clean. For the first year or so, everything was great. But recently I started noticing that sometimes my coffee maker would shut OFF. Before all of the water had been filtered through and poured into my coffee mug.
If this happens too often, it’s possible your coffee could become bitter or have an unpleasant aftertaste. Luckily, there are several causes behind why this might be happening and one simple solution to prevent it from happening again.

 When my Cuisinart Coffee maker shuts OFF

It’s not unusual for me to go to my kitchen and find that my coffee maker has shut off in mid-brew. I don’t think much of it until I hear someone say, Oh, you must have one of those fancy Cuisinart.

Mine just shuts off whenever it wants! So what is going on here? Is there a fix for my problem? Read on for some possible causes and solutions.

If you’re still having problems with your Cuisinart coffee maker shutting OFF even though your coffee is not done brewing. Try using your coffee maker’s brew strength selector or adjusting how full your carafe is. You can also read about some general tips on troubleshooting other common problems with automatic drip coffee makers. The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker that I own doesn’t turn itself OFF once it’s finished brewing.

Cuisinart Coffee Maker Shuts OFF After Brewing

Ways to Solve the Problem

This can be caused by a few different things, but it’s usually because of a build-up of mineral deposits inside your water reservoir.

Cleaning and descaling once or twice will often solve your problem. However, if you find that your coffee maker keeps shutting OFF. It could also be because your coffee maker is taking longer than normal to heat up and brew a pot of coffee.

This can cause parts inside to overheat and eventually shut OFF completely until they cool down. It’s always best to check with Cuisinart directly before trying any home remedies. They have customer service agents standing by who are trained to help you with any issues you may have with your product.

You can reach them at 800-726-0190 Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST and Saturday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST.

Hard resetting the Machine

This can be done by pressing a few buttons at once. Turn your machine on, and wait for it to heat up. Then hold down both brew and OFF for five seconds. which will cause it to reset (you’ll see lights flashing). Wait one minute before trying to brew again.

If that doesn’t solve your problem, then there might be something wrong with your machine. But it could also mean that you just need to clean out your coffee maker. 

Try brewing vinegar or white vinegar through your machine to get rid of any mineral build-up. After doing so, run some water through without any coffee grounds to flush everything out thoroughly.


There are several possible causes for your coffee maker to suddenly shut OFF. Most of these issues can be remedied by following a few simple steps. 

And will not require you to purchase any additional parts. With an introduction to how it works. We will begin with possibly two most common problems:

Mold or build-up and corrosion. If you have been using your machine for some time without cleaning it regularly. Then there is a chance that some residue has built up on internal components. 

This residue can cause various malfunctions in your coffee maker which might result in shutting down unexpectedly. Corrosion is another reason why your machine may stop working properly.

It occurs when water remains inside of it after the brewing process is completed. And makes contact with electrical components which may lead to fire hazards if left unattended.



Replacement part found

If you’re noticing that your Cuisinart coffee maker shuts off soon after brewing. It could be caused by a build-up of grounds.
To fix it, remove and clean out all of your filters. And then follow up with a back-flush procedure:
add vinegar to a pot full of water. Then let it sit over low heat for 30 minutes or so (you don’t want to boil it or put anything plastic in there), then flush through water two or three times.

Solution part received and installed, but…

The problem, as it turns out, was a bad control board. It’s an extremely common issue among Cuisinart coffee makers. The only solution is to buy and install a new control board.

Total cost

Around $50 for a new replacement one—much less than I expected. Just wanted to share my experience in case anyone else with a Cuisinart experiences similar problems. If you have any questions about how I installed mine or what type of part number you need, let me know! Thanks.

Also read:  Cuisinart Coffee maker won’t Turn ON Solved

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To conclude, I can’t say what exactly caused my coffee maker to shut off but there is a solution: I unplugged it, waited thirty seconds, and plugged it back in.
No more shutting OFF, Also remember you are not likely to receive any help from Customer Service in resolving these issues.
You may get lucky and get someone who can truly help you, however, they will be very few and far between.The only way to fix your machine is through trial and error.

So be prepared for some frustration before you find your solution. If you have questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.
Thanks for reading. I hope that helps anyone with their coffee makers like mine that keeps shutting off during brewing.

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