We know that a bond that forms between a coffee-enthusiast and his coffee maker is a special one and hard to break, but the time to replace the coffee maker will inevitably come. When it’s time, it’s time, you shouldn't try to postpone it but rather do it as quickly as possible – like taking off a band-aid!
How to know when it's time to replace your coffee maker? Well, it is not easy to answer that question as the lifespan of coffee making machines can greatly vary, from a couple of years to over a decade, but we will try our best to teach you how to tell when it is time to part with your beloved coffee maker.
The Factors That Can Help You Predict How Long Your Coffee Maker Will Last
When you set out to buy a coffee maker, you probably do not consider how long it will be able to serve you. People usually look at the design, or a certain brand and forget to consider some more basic stuff.
1. Look At The Price Tag
A general rule is that you get what you paid for- and it can be applied to coffee makers as well. If you pay more, the coffee maker is more likely to last longer. This is not always true, but it is more often than not.
A coffee maker that you pay only a few dollars for is probably cheaply-made or faulty. Good bargains are a rarity nowadays! High-quality parts and good engineering come at a price-Keurig K55 is a good example of that!
It is, therefore, better to spend more money now than having to repair or replace the coffee maker in just a year or so. After all, it can fail you when you need it the most, and that wouldn’t be fun at all!
2. Check The Warranty Period, And Terms
All reputable retailers that are confident in their product will provide a warranty or guarantee that will vouch for the quality of making. For all of us consumers that is a good thing to know.
All the coffee makers that come with a warranty will be repaired in case they malfunction or stop working. If they cannot be repaired, they will be replaced or compensated for. The time period in which you can rely on this, tells a lot about the product and should definitely be considered when buying a coffee maker as well.
For this reason, always check all the terms of the included warranty and how long the warranty period is.
When you buy a coffee maker and take it home, the way you treat it will have the most influence on how long it can last.
The deciding factors are:
1. What Kind Of Water Do You Use When Making Coffee?
If you live in an area with hard water and use tap water to make your coffee, your coffee maker will last shorter than that of a person who uses soft water. You can get informed about the hardness of the water supplied in your area, and, if needed, buy water to make your coffee with. Such coffee will taste better as well since hard water is known to alter the taste of this energizing drink.
2. Do You Properly Maintain And Regularly Service Your Coffee Maker?
How you look after your coffee machine will also affect how long it lasts. If you take care of your machine the way it should be done, it will keep running for longer. Every manual has instructions that will guide you through the process of cleaning and maintaining your coffee machine properly.
Clean your coffee maker regularly as to avoid germs and limescale. Decalcify it as often as the manual states you should and you should not only prolong its life but also be certain that your coffee is germ-free and best tasting.
Keep it safe, avoid dropping the machine or its parts and service it as soon as you notice some problems. Always choose a specialist dealer, if there is none in your neighborhood send it by mail. Never attempt to repair your coffee maker on your own, that will not only potentially damage the machine but also endanger your health or even life.
3. How Often Do You Use Your Coffee Machine?
The frequency of use plays a major role in determining the life-expectancy of your coffee maker. If you use your machine constantly, it will surely not last as long as the same coffee maker which only sits on a kitchen counter or is used once a month. The parts wear off; it is as simple as that-nothing lasts forever, not even the most expensive and sophisticated coffee maker!
How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Coffee Maker
There are a few signs that will signal when it is time to replace your old coffee maker:
1. It Cannot Heat The Water Properly Anymore
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) stated that the optimal water temperature to make a perfect cup of coffee should be somewhere between 195 and 205 degrees F. If your coffee maker fails to deliver the desired water temperature for coffee brewing, your coffee will not taste right.
Maybe your coffee machine used to brew coffee at the perfect temperature, but you cannot live on memories. When the heating element wears out, and your coffee feels weak or a bit sour, you have to replace the coffee maker (or at least the heating element).
2. You Cannot Find Appropriate Pods
Your coffee maker can become outdated. A sure sign that it is so is the fact that no one seems to sell the type of pods you need for it to produce coffee. When your pod-based coffee maker runs out of pods, and you cannot purchase any new ones anymore it is definitely time to say farewell to it.
If you need to prolong the use of such a coffee maker for whatever reason, you can bypass the pod system and switch to using your own coffee. This is not a long-term solution but can be useful until you save up some money for a new coffee maker.
3. It Does Not Work
When the warranty expires, and your coffee maker stops functioning, you should probably call it quit. A number of things can go wrong- the problem can be a broken pump, leaking or a crack on some integral part of the machine. Whatever it is, if your machine did not cost a fortune, and the costs of repairing it are simply not worth it anymore, you should better invest in a new unit.
4. You Want To Upgrade
Your machine might be still working perfectly well, but the coffee it makes can simply not be up to your taste anymore. That is life, we progress, our taste changes… In order to make a different coffee, you will need a new machine, even though the old one is not in need of repair and has not got broken yet.
We currently live in the era of the so-called third wave of coffee. This means that people nowadays prefer specialty coffee. Most of us also want to know how and where the coffee was grown, how it was processed, roasted, and brewed. New time brought new tastes, but also more expensive coffee, and your old coffee maker could be a bit too outdated for making such a modern, fancy-tasting coffee.
5. You Have Outgrown It
Maybe you bought your coffee maker while you were single but now have a large family. Maybe you used to live alone but have recently paired up with a couple of roommates. Whatever the case, your coffee maker might not be able to meet your needs anymore, and that makes for a great reason to replace it.
A single-serve coffee maker might not be enough when you want to serve fresh coffee to a large group of people. You need your coffee maker to be able to produce enough cups of coffee for all your loved ones; it is as simple as that.