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Decreased output from Senseo

We have had our senseo for over 2 years, and love it. Recently, though, the 2-cup dispense is noticeably less than before. We're going through more pods to make the same amoung of coffee, and we figure there's buildup somewhere in the system. Any way to blow this ****** out?

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I'm thinking it needs to be "Descaled" Heres info from Senseo.com:

Does my Senseo® appliance need to be descaled? Yes. Descaling is an important element in Senseo maintenance. It should be done at least once every three months, up to six times a year!

Keeping your Senseo free of scale will:

  • Ensure you have maximum cup volume
  • Ensure you have maximum coffee temperature
  • Make your Senseo produce less sound while brewing
  • Prevent your Senseo from malfunctioning
  • Prolong your Senseo's life.
The descaling process takes about one hour and should not be interrupted. Only a descaling agent based on citric acid can be used safely in the Senseo. Other agents, including vinegar, may damage your appliance or not remove the scale entirely. If the procedure is not performed correctly, scale residue may remain in the machine. This causes scale to build up more quickly and may cause permanent and irreparable damage to the machine.

For the right procedure to descale your type of Senseo, see attached document.
(links to attachment at the bottom of this page:
http://www.senseo.com/senseous/Templates/NonAuthenticated/FAQs.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRORIGINALURL=%2fen%2fSenseoUS%2fServiceAndSupport%2fCoffeeMachineQA%2f&NRNODEGUID=%7b5584237E-F754-477A-BDFE-52A5DC85D35C%7d&NRCACHEHINT=NoModifyGuest#a23

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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