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The Display shows VENTILATE

Hi can anyone help me my Titaniun pump started to get very noisey and now wont pump water then my display shows VENTILATE

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  • barryrobbins Dec 16, 2008

    Hi thanks for the info since posting the notice I have since found that the flowmeter assy seems to be blocked not allowing water to oass through it if I bypass it the machine will pump water but still cant get it to ventilate I will attempt to remove the flow meter and see why it wont let water through it

  • jimmyknows Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem and I can't make it go away.

  • barryrobbins Dec 18, 2008

    Hi I have fixed my Titanium The problem was a coffee bean dropped into the water valve and when the water container was refitted it broke the bean up which in turn blocked the flowmeter which sttopped the machine from pumping water I found the blockage and its all working fine now

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    I had the same problem with Ventilate never going off. Thanks to Barry I found a coffee bean in the water valve between the water reservoir and the inlet. I removed it and the problem was fixed!

  • Julie Higham
    Julie Higham Jan 05, 2009

    My titanium has been the best and worst purchase we have every made ! When it is working it is like a dream but we are plagued with differing problems now its the ventilate problem .I have tried the resetting to factory -not resolved I have pressed the tear drop button and opened the valve the closed it-Not resolved .I have read other threads if i open it up inside where is the flow meter assay> and how can I tell if this is blocked .Fortunatly it worked like a dream over christmas but it just appears to have given up! Gaggia Uk are not really that helpfull and it will cost £60 carrage before i start.The last time it whent strange this website was wonderfull in resolving the issue and it has worked well since. Thanks in anticipation



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Press the button that looks like a drop of water.
Open the steam dial and place a cup underneath (or just direct it over the drip tray). As soon as you get some water out turn the dial back to off.

That's all you need to do, it should now say ready to use.

The pump is noisy because it doesn't have water in it. Pumps don't like that. The ventilate sequence primes the pump with water.

I just had to do this after a de-calcify cycle.


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