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The Home Cafe machine will not pump water

I looked inside the reservoir and it was clear and the hole that leads intot he machine is clear, but the water will not pump into the heater, I suppose.
Whatever it is called it is not making coffee at all, it shuts downs. The blue lights start flashing and it just turns itself off.

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  • dora716 Jan 17, 2009

    Hi, We have the same problem, we have cleaned it several times with vinegar and have unplugged it and when we plug it in again first the red stop light comes on then flashes two lower blue lights but nothing happens, can't get it to brew a cup of coffee. dora716@yahoo.com

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It's dirty or has scale / deposits. Use a paper towel to draw out as much water as you can from the "hole that leads into the machine" - then fill it with clear, distilled vinegar and let that sit for about 15 minutes. Fill the resevoir with a vinegar / water mixture. After the 15 minutes, run the vinegar solution through until the resevoir is empty.

After you do that, you will have to run several tanks of water through, to get the taste / smell of vinegar out, but the machine will work fine again.

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