Leaking water and coffee grounds behind and below drip tray at end of brew cycle
I have the same leaking problem, which seems to take place at the end of the brew cycle, but not during dispensing hot water or frothing. I have cleaned filters, changed "O" rings. If it is a boiler leak, what do I need to do? If not the boiler, what other possibility?
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Take the brew unit out when the machine is off and cold. With your finger, check the well next to the large gear on the inside of the machine. This is the gear that fits in the back of the brew unit when it is in place. That well may be clogged with fine coffee grounds and some mildew build up. You might notice that after brewing, very little water will has been flowing into the drip tray. Take a Q-tip and push it through the hole at the bottom of the well to remove the coffee ground buildup. The excess water after brewing will flow through normally now and not behind the brew unit.
Grounds and water under the machine or drip tray indicate that the drain behind the brew unit is plugged.
Remove the brew unit. You will see the injector in the back of the machine. Below the injector is a pocket that the excess pressure is relieved into when the machine is done making a coffee. This pocket will plug up with ground and oils. The drain is just above the center of the drip tray. Insert something into the drain and see if you can unplug it. Once it has drained run some hot soapy water through the pocket.
Hi Check the drain behind the brew unit. There is a pocket below the injector that can plug up and cause water to drain under the drip tray. Check this first. Stick you finger in the pocket and see if there is water in it. If there is, the drain below and to the right is plugged and just needs to be cleaned.
There is a panel behind the brew unit, that has 2 screws. Remove it and clean the coffee residue behind it. That is what drains the pressure relieved after brewing, and has coffee residue that can build up and cause the leak. It should leak into the drip tray though, except when you rremove it.
Check behind the drip tray for coffee grounds. Make sure that your drip tray is locked in. If its not fully locked it, this could be your problem. If everything is removed but the brew unit, grab the handle without pushing the press button, and pull. If the brew unit comes out, it wasn't locked in. Put the drip tray in. Set the brew unit on the drip tray. Now slide the brew unit towards the machine with a little force and see if that locked it in?
HI Your grind might be a little to coarse or you are not getting a full charge of coffee in the brew unit. Water is released into the drip tray when the brewing is over. If the grind is to coarse or you don't have enough coffee dossed into the brew unit, then there is more space for water and you get more water in the drip tray. Open the door and push the lever at the top center of the door towards the plus but not all the way. 1 click back from the plus(+) is fine. When the machine is grinding pull the handle toward you(smaller number). Now change the grind a little at a time, but don't make it too fine. That will cause a lot of problems later on that is hard to correct.
Mine had the same problem. Take out the dreg drawer and brew unit. Then you will see a plastic cover roughly in the middle of the machine (behind where the brew unit was) that is held in place by two philips screws. Unscrew the screws and take out that small cover. It is probably filled with coffee grounds that prevent water from dripping out through a dripping hole. Clean out the grounds and you should be all set.
OK, so this is a problem with your brew unit. The unit is not cycling correctly to tell the water to come through.
We had another problem like this just this week.
The wat we fixed it was 1) Give the Brew Unit a really good clean. 2)Make sure the Brew Unit can complete a cycle - manually rotate the brew unit components through a cycle 3) Lubricate the Brew Units moving parts if necessary using some Saeco or Other Food Grade Lubricant
Then try watch a complete coffee cycle by leaving the side door of your machine open, and tricking the micro switches into thinking the door is closed by engaging them with some card or something similar.
run a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water thru your system.may have to run it twice,should clear it up if its a mineral clog. be sure to run a few cycles of clean water afterwards to clear the system