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No water coming through

When I turn the knob to make expresso it just sounds like it is pumping, I turn to steam and it just makes a vibrating noise. I have taken the water tank out and put back in but does the same thing. There is not even any moisture at all any where so no water at all is coming through. This was bought by my daughter from my birthday and shipped to me so is disappointing that I can't get it to work. Can you give me some tips or what might be wrong?

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  • rhamann Nov 28, 2008

    Same issue. Was it purchased thru Woot?

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I too, have the same problem. Just purchased the product, went to run water thru prior to making my first cup of mocha. It doesn't seem that water is entering the system. Please let me know what I can do!

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    I have the same problem. I push down hard to get it **** the water out and it doesn't work either

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Try pushing the water tank down firmly when putting it into its spot  (it sits lower than the edge of the machine).

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