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Exploding........ After two years of wonderful coffee the machie now explodes when I start the process. I have cleaned it extensively, but it will still do it MOST of the time. Suggestions? I hate to give up on it. Lorraine Cardoza

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  • desisto521 Oct 23, 2008

    The air pressure bursts out the basket, instead of having a drip through the coffee basket.

  • Roberto48 Nov 01, 2008

    It took mine a year of daily use to develop this problem. The cause is the deterioration of the rubber seal that the coffee wand (filter basket) sets against when screwed in. This should be a simple repair but to my consternation I can't find a source for this part. If I find a source, I will post.

  • tractor_girl Nov 02, 2008

    we have the same problem, even AFTER replacing the seal, it seems to happen randomly - after 1-4 cups, it explodes again. Have we not put the seal in properly? We think we have. The new seal looks identical to the old. Is there some other trick to putting in the new seal?

  • AussieNina Dec 01, 2008

    After two years of great make it yourself espresso my machine has come up with the same problem...could it be the silicone ring?? It looks intact...hmmm... I wonder why it's started to 'explode' like that...I don't what to give up on it!!

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    let me know when you find the answer

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Hi All. I too was having this so called exploding issue with my machine & couldn't get any coffee!! The culprit is a clogged filter!! As you might know, Breville uses a double wall construction for the filter which incorporates an inner cup with many fine holes and there is only ONE small hole on the bottom of the outer wall(bottom). I guess over time some fine fine grounds get thru the inner layer and accumulate between the two layers and eventually get compacted enough to completely clog the filter to a point that the pump cannot push the water through it!! Thus the pressure from the pump can't escape & is releasd when you try to remove the coffee basket!! You can try to use a small pin inserted in the bottom hole to see if it clears the obstruction. It didn't work for me! I even tried using high pressure air to clear it, again unsuccessful!
THE FIX: Buy a new filter!

P.S. I found my machine to have some build up behind the strainer where the water enters the coffee chamber. To clean and clear, follow these steps: Unplugg the power cord!! Remove the watertank. Remove the filter holder. Turn the machine upside-down, Remove ONE screw in the center of the coffee chamber(It looks like a strainer with several holes). Remove the strainer and wash & clean any build up behind it. Reinstall in reverse order.

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  • rsaintarnaud May 22, 2011

    Yes. That is the real problem with Breville : clogging of the ONE small hole on the bottom of the outer wall(bottom) of the filter.

    I solved the problem by cleaning the filter thoroughly by inserting a very fine needle in the small hole, and by boiling the filter in in a solution of vinegar for 15 minutes.

    To prevent future clogging by fine coffee particles, I put a piece of towel paper in the bottom of the filter before filling it with ground coffee. I use paper tissue folded in 8 that I cut as circular discs with scissors. This gives me 8 round paper filters.

    I have used this method for over 2 years now, and NO MORE CLOGGINGS!

    Raymond Saint-Arnaud

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I wrote to Breville US via their website. They responded as follows: Replacement parts and products can be ordered online at www.brevilleusa.com. Simply find your particular model’s page, and click the link in the middle labeled “Find Replacement Parts for this Model”. It is called the “Steam Ring”. Please be advised that this is a part that needs replacement periodically. This part can wear out pre-maturely if the filter holder is put on too quickly as it wrenches the rubber seal, wearing it down. Also, please be careful not to pull the handle past the middle position as this also needlessly digs into the steam ring more than necessary. Resistance can be felt before the middle point if the filter holder is attached slowly. Thank you for your patience!

The Steam Rings are $4.00 each w free FedEx ground shipping (I ordered three!)

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Yes. That is the real problem withBreville : clogging of the ONE small hole on the bottom of theouter wall(bottom) of the filter. I solved the problem by cleaning the filterthoroughly by inserting a very fine needle in the small hole, and by boilingthe filter in a solution of vinegar for 15 minutes, the filter being put upsidedown in a pot on the stove To prevent future clogging by fine coffeeparticles, I put a piece of towel paper in the bottom of the filter beforefilling it with ground coffee. I use paper tissue folded in 8 that I cut ascircular discs with scissors. This gives me 8 round paper filters. I have used this method for over 2 yearsnow, and NO MORE CLOGGINGS! Raymond Saint-Arnaud

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I had the same problem, but it was not hte silicone ring, it was the plastic ring that holds the filter cup holder. it had a small crack in it so the filter was not firmly pushed against the silicone ring. i bought a new one from www.vancouverwireedm.com/caferomadiyt.htm and it fixed the problem.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010

I called Breville, and they are sending me a replacement gasket. No charge... FYI...

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The Gourmet Depot has the gaskets that can be ordered.

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Can you define "explodes"...

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