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Water won't flow through the tubes

Hi. got a used unit from a friend. the water won't flow through the plastic tubes through to the coffee pack although the maching seems to be working. any ideas? thanks.

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  • davmon Nov 08, 2007

    Machine will do two pulls and then stops working for several hours. push the brew button and nothing.

  • Robert Doell
    Robert Doell Jan 01, 2009

    I just got a new espresso machine for Xmas to replace our 2 year old Briel - My wife reported that it recently stopped working. With the new model not making coffee as good, I decided to try to fix the old one. I got some hot water and soaked the steamer with it the steamer knob opened up all the way. It seems the steamer had stopped working and so this 'prime the pump' fix would not work. As soon as I got the steamer working the unit started to make coffee again after some pressure noises that sounded like something was clearing out of the system.



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You might need to prime the pump manually since the machine has been moved.
Fill water tank.
Turn power on.
Open the steam knob all the way.
Press the coffee button.
Put a cup under the steam pump wand.
Wait until you see a steady flow of water and no air.
When you see the flow of water, close the steam knob.
Turn off the coffee button.
Now the machine should be ready to brew an espresso.
If that does not work you can contact the service center for more suggestions:
41 Woodbine St
Bergenfield NJ 07621
phone 201-439-1700
fax 201-439-1701

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  • xxpprreessoo Jun 05, 2008

    regarding comment by davmon sounds like you definitely have coffee oil build up. You can try removing the Brew Head Screen and soak it along with the filter basket (if you have the basket with the screw in the middle please take it all apart), soak it in a coffee oil remover (not descaler) from either or dezcal or another brand. If you have the filter basket with the screw in the middle be careful not to tighten it too tight when putting it back together or that will also constrict the flow again.

    Or you can purchase a new Screen and filter basket at:


    41 Woodbine St

    Bergenfield NJ 07621

    phone 201-439-1700

    fax 201-439-1701

  • Gillian Zyland Apr 30, 2013

    Fantastic! The Prime-the-Pump solution sounded too easy, but as soon as I stopped the steam then the coffee and tried making coffee again -- PRESTO! Worked perfectly! Thanks so much, xxpprreessoo, for the solution! :)

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    Xochitl Gonzalez Jul 20, 2014

    Did the PrimeThePump solution on my Briel that wouldn't make expresso and it worked! Just cleaning it, also, after I primed the pump and successfully made espresso, since I think the problem is buildup.


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Problem: no water would come out

I posted part of this response in the 'same problem' area for this machine. The 'prime the pump' solution fixed my machine. You must make sure that you open up the steamer knob on top all of the way open and loosen up the steamer nozzle if it is clogged with hot water. Once water and steam is flowing normally again, your machine should resume making coffee the way it was supposed to.

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Take it down and clean it there must be some clogging in the unit.goodluck.

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