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A lake of water

I just got the Breville ESP8XL on and it makes great coffee, but everytime I use it there is a lake of water under the machine. It seems almost like there is a leak in the pump or something. Anyone seen this??? Know how to fix? Thanks!

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  • digitald00d Dec 03, 2008

    Not exactly the same machine but same problem here. Where the coffee handle locks into the machine there is a seal up inside the machine's head section. Three or four screws hold the head onto the machine. The rubber seal in mine has a little tear on it. Came from factory that way I'm guessing. I think that is where the water is escaping. It's probably not creating the correct head pressure for the coffee either. I'm trying to find a seal myself.

  • itcohorts Jan 11, 2009

    I ended up just sending the unit back to Breville and they sent me a new one as it was still under warranty. Good customer service at least!!

  • abinanaaa Jan 17, 2009

    Hi, I have the same problem with water leaking. I just got the machine 2 weeks ago, after unpacking it appeard that the 2 cup filter was "rusting" (stainless steel should not rust, so I am not sure what it is) called customer service and they replacd the part within days no problem.

    So, this morning, I used it for the first time. Before the thing could heat up... half of the water tank volume had leaked out onto the counter. I called cust. service, but alas it is Saturday and the office is closed. I will try again on Tuesday (Mon is a holiday) and will let you all know what happens ;-).

    I did look to see if there was a gasket or somehting missing, but it does nto look like it. The tank itself is not leaking (before being placed into the machine it is drip free) so it has to be a problem inside the actual unit.



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Anyone else w/ this problem: cheap workmanship = cheap, malfunctioning machine. turn it upside down, unscrew the 4 screws w/ metal washers and the six screws with out washers from the base of the housing. once removed, you can see that cheap metal clamps are used around the plastic hoses which supply water from resevoir to steamer & brewhead via the pump. either length of hose above pump or below pump has come loose or pump is fauly or there is a hole in a tube. good luck!

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