How To Empty or Drain A Bunn Coffee Maker For Storage

Mike C
Written By Mike C

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Instructions For Draining Your Bunn Coffee Maker

Whether you are going away for a vacation or just taking a little break from coffee, it is important to empty your Bunn coffee maker before a period of non-use. Following the steps below to drain the Bunn coffee maker of any internal water is the best thing you can do to prepare your machine for storage. Keep reading to learn more.

When You Should Empty Water From A Bunn Coffee Maker

You should drain a Bunn coffee maker any time you are moving it from one location to another or shipping it for repair or to sell so that it doesn’t leak. However, you should also empty your brewer when you are putting it in storage for a while, or when you plan to not use it for an extended period of time for whatever reason.

Why It Is Important To Empty A Bunn Coffee Machine

The water used to brew your coffee contains minerals. The level of minerals in your water will be determined by where you live. Some areas have what is known as “hard water” which is higher in mineral content. While your Bunn coffee maker is not being used, if there is water left inside then these minerals cause limescale buildup in the machine’s internal parts. While not toxic, this can impact your coffee’s taste and temperature when you go to use the machine again. It can also negatively impact water flow which can cause your Bunn coffee maker to drip slow or not pump water at all.

If you don’t drain your coffee maker, you would have to clean and descale, possibly several times, to remove this buildup before you can use it again. In addition, if you are leaving your coffee maker behind in a cold climate, this water could also freeze and damage your machine. Taking a few minutes to empty it and prepare it for storage will save you some headache later.

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How To Drain Water From A Bunn Speed Brew Coffee Maker

Follow these steps to drain water from your Bunn coffee maker:

  1. Power down the machine by flipping the tank switch off. Unplug the brew and let it sit for two hours. This will ensure it has cooled down completely.
  2. Remove the brew funnel. Unscrew the sprayhead with your fingers. Place them to the side.
  3. Grab the back of the machine and turn it upside down over a sink. Water will start to come out from the top of the machine.
  4. Continue to hold it over the sink until no more water comes out from the sprayhead tube and coffee maker lid.
  5. Put the brewer on your counter upright. Dry off any water with a paper towel or soft cloth.
  6. Reattach the sprayhead and insert the brew funnel.

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