Hi, I am having problems using my classic Gaggia, and let me tell you, it pumps water FINE. However, when I load coffee (ground to a #4 on standard commercial grinders) it does not appear to be able to pump through coffee this fine; it just slowly oozes and drips but eventually gets there. When I look at the grounds, they have the consistency of MUD. I am uncertain as to how fine you can grind coffee, obviously there appears to be limitation. email@example.com
The grind setting on machines are not standard. Your grind is far to fine. On the Gaggia grinders the setting of 4 works well for Espresso and 8 for regular drip. I suggest you buy a small amount of 5 and 6 for espresso to test. Be carefull that the grind is not too course as you will have very little crema on your espresso. I always switch my machine on and let it warm up for about 10 minutes as this improves the crema.
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When you turn of the coffee switch after there should be a discharge into the water tank - if this happens - the solenoid is blocked but the pump is not.
It is an easy fix.
( This happens when the machine has not been descaled and the solenoid is blocked.)Usually its not the pump.! Vibration pump Gaggia SaecoGaggia classic solenoid
Try descaling - sounds like the the solenoid is blocked with lime - don't use vinegar! Try that 1st.
If machine is more that 2 years - not regularly descaled or no water filter replaced regularly, it probably the solenoid.
It the machines is 4 years + replacing both would be a good idea. Gaggia classic solenoidVibration pump Gaggia Rancillio
Remove the screw and shower screen, make sure screen is clean and you can see through all the holes in it, if not set screen on the stove (open flame) to burn out the coffee oils in the filter. The coffee will burn before the screen gets any damage. When done you should have a new screen reassemble and test.
try to clean the group shower which it can be ansrew by one cetrer screw and if you can you can open the machine and remove to clean also the coffee group solenoid valve. Bothe the valve and shower can be full of dry coffee that can blocked the way of water coming to the grounded coffee. If you manage to clean everything above and the machine work ok so from now on in order to avoid the problem again try to flush water from the group many times without any coffee. With this is like you wash the group shower and valve from any remai coffee. Good luck
Propably the vibrating water pump is the problem. It might be full of scale and it can not create any pressure or it is completetly damage and need to be replaced. First we sugest to perform a descaling of the machine and try again. Second you should try to clean the group shower which it can be ansrew by one cetrer screw and if you can you can open the machine and remove to clean also the coffee group solenoid valve. Bothe the valve and shower can be full of dry coffee that can blocked the way of water coming to the grounded coffee. If you manage to clean everything above and the machine work ok so from now on in order to avoid the problem again try to flush water from the group many times without any coffee. With this is like you wash the group shower and valve from any remai coffee. Good luck
I have a Gaggia Espresso maker and to prime it I have to remove the reservoir and use a tall glass next to the machine so that the hose is almost flat. It seems to **** the water up easier that way. Good luck.
Hi, this is so easy to fix. Firtsly unplug the machine. Then remove the two screws in the top plate so that you can have access to the internals of the machine. You will see the red pump to the left hand side at the back. Remove the two screws that hold the pump in place (use a magnetic screwdriver so that you can pull the screws out). Pull the pump up towards you and then unscrew the thin plastic pipe at the top of the pump . It is the pump that has the scale build up problem. If you the put the water tubes into the water tank and hold a cup to the top of the pump to catch the water you then have to switch the pump on. You will then start to see lots of scale come out of it and the pump will pump more water than you are expecting so be careful. Be sure to cover the internals of the machine whilst you are doing this as you don't want to get water on the electrics and electricute yourself!!! Then rebuild it! Just svaed yourself £100 in having it serviced :-)