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Coffee drips out of spigots, taking a long long time to make an expresso

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The seals that are located inside the unit are probably bad or have some debris stuck under them. First unplug your unit before you take it apart. You may have to call the customer service to see if this unit is still manufactured or iff parts are available. If not I am sorry that ther is no quick fix for this problem unles you change the seals.

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