The other morning I got up as normal and stumbled bleary eyed to my coffee machine, filled it and flicked the switch. When I came back freshly showered, I was mortified to see that nothing had happened my beloved coffee machine had broken. It had been getting slower and slower at making the coffee, so I guess I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t. I had to queue up for 15 minutes at the local coffee shop and pay a fortune for what, to be honest, was a mediocre cup of coffee.
How I fixed it
At work, I was grumbling away about having to buy a new coffee maker when a colleague suggested that I try de-scaling my old one. When I got home, I went online and found out that you could do this by mixing white vinegar and water in equal parts and putting that through the machine.
I could not believe the junk that came out. It took three cycles to get rid of all of the limescale that was clearly blocking up my machine and a couple more cycles with fresh water before I could use my beloved coffee maker again, but it solved the problem.
In fact, my machine worked perfectly for a further six months. I was so proud that I had repaired my coffee machine.
When to call the professionals
Unfortunately, after six months the heating element went, so I looked for a new machine, but they prices were high and I could not see one I liked. Another work colleague suggested that I send it away for repair. I was sceptical because I thought the cost of postage would make the repair expensive, but when I looked into it, I found a great firm who replaced the heating element for a fraction of what it would have cost me to buy a new machine.