Question about Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

5 Answers

No water coming through brewing head

I bought my Classic off a reliable source. Hardly used. But whilst I can hear the pump working and the steamer works and there's no airlock, not one drop of water comes through the brewing head I've tried everything and it's driving me nuts!I've washed the shower head, prepared the machine over and over, done everything. Any ideas?? I thought these machines were virtually indestructible?

Posted by on

Ad

5 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Hi there, I had a very similar problem with my Gaggia Classic. Worked fantastic every day for two years then one day the brew head was reduced to a very slow drip. I rang some Gaggia service agents and they all said it needs a service ($100-$150). The last one I called told me to descale it before bringing it in for a service as it was probably scale buildup. I told them it wasn't a gradual thing - it just suddenly stopped and they said what happens is the scale builds up to a point where a piece breaks off and clogs the pipeworks leading to the brewing head. So, I used the instructions outlined here: http://www.coffeemachine.com.au/descalin... At then end of the second flush through the steam head, I closed the steam vale to try and push the descaling solution back through the brew head (just dripped through again) then left it for 10 minutes again. Did the same the third time and it went to drip again for about five seconds then bingo - burst back to full flow. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 08, 2007

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

CLR is a de-scaler that works great on these plugged up machines.

Make sure you remove the round screen that is held by a center placed, phillips head screw. You will need a very short, medium sized Phillips screw driver. Don't ruin this screw. If you have to go to to the hardware store and buy one to fit, go buy one that fits.

Turn the machine upside down so you and get your body weight on that screw to keep from stripping the head. I found that using Acetone and a small wire brush really cleans the coffee "goo" from this screen and the casting above it.

Leave the screen out until your machine is de-scaled.

You can get CLR at any hardware store. Mix it 50/50 with water for really clogged machines. Heat the machine up and pump the CLR mix until at least a little gets through the brew head. Make steam and get it out of the wand, move the CLR through the machine.

Let it sit over night.

It is helpful to put a lot of steam on the machine, then turn off the steam switch and turn on the hot water pump. Steam will shoot out like crazy when the CLR works through the brew head.

Strain the CLR you catch from the brew head and steam wand through and old towel and re-use it. Look for Chunks of scale. When no more chunks come out, you are ready to rinse. Use water two or three times to get the CLR out.

Enjoy your espresso.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

Ad

Check the magnetic valve, this can be clogged by calc, cleaning doesn't help a lot. Replace magnetic valve, costs about 40 euro.
please check www.espressoxxl.de for parts, great site and great shop.

Regards, Peter

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

I had the same problem - and because no water at all was getting through the "brew head", running it with descaler (as it recommends in the manual) didn't work.  Worse, when I tried to get the crud out of the "shower head" bit as gaggia recommend in http://www.gaggia.uk.com/usefultips.htm, I could undo the screw to remove the perforated bit, but when I removed the 2 allen screws to get at the rest of it, nothing happened.  Couldn't shift it at all.Eventual solution was to unplug it, turn it upside down (take out the water tank first!) and fill the whole area with lemon juice (it's stronger than commercial de-scaler, but filter the bits out first) and leave the whole thing overnight.  That cleared the scale out enough to allow the Gaggia-recommended de-scaling procedure to work, and the machine now works fine.  (Still can't get the shower head carrier out, though) Hope it works for you...... 

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I know this sounds obvious but the "steam" switch (the middle one of the three) should be in the UP position i.e. turned off when you wish to brew. To use the steam this same switch should be in the down (ON) position. Sequence is as follows: Turn switch one to on position. After heating, switch three will light. Now turn switch three on to brew coffee. Off when brewing finished. Turn on switch two leaving switch three in off position. When switch three lights up turn knob to use the steam.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do I fix the water pump of a delonghi BC4264B? It's not pumping any water to make espresso. the machine heats up well, the steamer works fine, the drip brew side works fine. I'm not getting any...


Is there any water coming out of the group head when the porta filter is not used???the group head has a filter on it and it could be totally clogged

Jun 11, 2014 | DeLonghi DE500P Dehumidifier

1 Answer

I have a Saeco Incanto Classic. There is hardly any water coming through the coffee dispenser even if I only use the preground doser without inserting coffee. While the little water comes out it makes a...


Sounds like the the shower screen under the red o-ring in the brew group needs to be cleaned, you can remove the screen and clean or you can purchase some espresso machine soap puro caff or puly caff, and run it through the brew group using the preground method the clean out coffee oils.

Aug 26, 2011 | Saeco Incanto Classic Espresso Machine

2 Answers

If I have any amount of coffee in the filter, even a tiny amount not packed at all, I cannot get any water through my machine. It sounds as though the pump goes on and off. But, if I empty out the...


First, if water comes out of the wand while you are brewing coffee then the valve has a problem, it might need to be replaced or the pressure buildup is forcing water through. Remove the shower screen and screw in the head and clean, then descale the machine using Scalekleen, vinegar is no the best thing for descaling the machine.

Dec 12, 2009 | Saeco VIA Venezia

1 Answer

Brand new Gaggia classic, no water coming through the brew head


take out screen and screen holder,and unscrew piece in head,clean with wire and try,i think its your head plugged out.

Aug 22, 2009 | Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

2 Answers

Water wont flow past brew head


Hi there, it sounds like your boiler may be full of scale. There is a copper tube which runs from the group up inside the boiler which can get clogged up quite easily. When you take the group apart you will see that when you remove the shower plate and unscrew the bolt in the middle the safety valve and spring will pop out and then if you get a pipe cleaner or something similar and ram it up through the copper pipe. If this does not work then you may have to dimantle the boiler and give it a good clean out. Also although you say the pump is primed it could still be broken. All these problems usually come from scale though. If you get some descaler and try to feed into the boiler by pumping or running water out the steam wand this may free it up. Any further assistance please get in touch with David at coffeeservice@live.com
I am a domestic coffee machine engineer and have machines of all makes sent to me from all over the UK daily. I specialise in La Pavoni, Gaggia, Elektra, Francis Francis etc. You can get in touch with confidence.
All the best
David
The Domestic Coffee Service.

Jul 06, 2009 | Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

2 Answers

Can't Prime Water Circuit


Hi You need to switch Steam ON so it heats up and then turn Steam button OFF (no light) and then turn steamer knob counter clockwise you will hear the pump start up and then water will stream out. This is when it's primed. Turn steamer clock wise to close. You must do this everytime you use the steamer.

Dec 06, 2008 | Saeco VIA Venezia

1 Answer

Water hissing at back of brew unit after coffee made


Hi,

I think you have to replace the steam valve.

Have you descale your machine regulary?
How old is your machine?

Maybe your boiler have to be replaced:-(

Jul 25, 2008 | Saeco Incanto Classic Espresso Machine

4 Answers

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine - will not pump water


Hi, this is so easy to fix. Firtsly unplug the machine. Then remove the two screws in the top plate so that you can have access to the internals of the machine. You will see the red pump to the left hand side at the back. Remove the two screws that hold the pump in place (use a magnetic screwdriver so that you can pull the screws out). Pull the pump up towards you and then unscrew the thin plastic pipe at the top of the pump . It is the pump that has the scale build up problem. If you the put the water tubes into the water tank and hold a cup to the top of the pump to catch the water you then have to switch the pump on. You will then start to see lots of scale come out of it and the pump will pump more water than you are expecting so be careful. Be sure to cover the internals of the machine whilst you are doing this as you don't want to get water on the electrics and electricute yourself!!! Then rebuild it! Just svaed yourself £100 in having it serviced :-)

Feb 14, 2007 | Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

Not finding what you are looking for?
Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine Logo

980 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Gaggia Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines Experts

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

81400 Answers

Oloyede Monsuru

Level 3 Expert

1417 Answers

Roger Jackson
Roger Jackson

Level 1 Expert

2 Answers

Are you a Gaggia Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...