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Starts fine, but loses fizzle at the end

Basically the tassimo pushes hot water through a t-disc (where the tea or coffee is kept) into a cup. After the cycle of hot water, the machine then pushes air through the t-disc to clear what ever remaining liquid is left over in the disc. This is where my problem is. The air spurt is no longer sufficient to push the excess liquid from the disc. It sounds like it's trying, but no actual air seems to be coming out. any suggestions? I did try a product called 'Clear Flow' for coffee makers, and although it did seem to work at first, the problem came back after only about 7-10 cups. thanks, steve

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  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2007

    I'm having the same problem, but I've used it a year or so before it began making less than the usual amount and leaving the discs unemptied. They say descaling "may" be the solution, but it doesn't seem to have helped my unit.

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    I have the same problem with my machine. I've had it almost a year. Recently I've noticed that it's "trying" to empty the disk with steam but it just isn't working. I usually make cappuccino, and the disk now is still 1/2 to 3/4 full of milk when the machine is done brewing. Any ideas?

  • akalcheim Dec 31, 2007

    I have the same problem after a year of use. I descaled the machine, but it is worse. I also changed the water filter.

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    I have the same problem described by others. I have taken the components apart and cleaned them, but it does not improve the performance of the coffee maker.

  • figman Jan 11, 2008

    Same problem for me. It also goes right from Auto to Standby. I am not surprise it is just over 1 year that i have had it.

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    I have the exact same problem.  I notice that my milk and coffee discs are full of water when I pull them out.  They used to be empty?

  • coffee adict Mar 24, 2008

    Same problem here, the milk for my Cap or Latte has almost no foam.  I've cleaned everything cleanable.  No change.  Any suggestions?

  • diathesis May 08, 2008

    Same problem. Cleaning the system had no visible effect. Seems pretty clean, but no longer does the 'steam' effect.

  • jayhawk232 Jul 06, 2008

    I have the same problem, andI am still waiting for "FixYa's" solution. The normal cycle for coffee, tea, or expresso is the same. Infuse, pause, pump appropriate amount of water for product, evacuate disk with steam. Therefore, normal cleaning, descaleing is not the problem, since the liquid volumes are correct.

    Barcode reader is not the problem. (same rationale)

    Conclusion: it's either the component that opens the tube to the source of the steam, or it is the heating element that creates the steam.

    Since this is a problem for multiple users, it's obviously a component failure. So, which one, and where do you get a replacement?



    PS, standard warranty is 2 years. Call for repair, wait for shipping box to be delivered, ship back to fctory in box provided, receive replacement unit. (not necessarily the same unit)

  • grneyes495 Jul 16, 2008

    I too have the same problem with the machine not clearing the discs, which also does not give you the froth for the latte's. I have removed every part and cleaned them thoroughly and still no help. You can hear that something is not right at the end of cycle it just sounds bad. I have already sent my machine back once and actually bought a new one and once again it has happened. I am really disappointed because I really love my machine but this seems to be some kind of defect in the workmanship.

  • edward_louie Oct 16, 2008

    Same problem as everyone else.

  • LightScape66 Oct 24, 2008

    I have the same problem after two years of usage. I am going to disassemble the whole machine. At the moment, all components look fine. All water pipes are looking clear. I am using the premium version with filter and I also used concentrated vinegar to keep it clean. So I guess, another component is making problems. Where does the steam come from? Is it also created in the normal brewer? I am so disappointed! Now I just ordered the new machine from BOSCH. Maybe this one will work better. The old BRAUN will go to service and I hope, they can fix the problem.

  • calewis812 Dec 17, 2008

    My tassimo started having the same problem a few days ago. We have had the machine for 15 months. I have cleaned it with two different espresso machine cleaners and it is still not pushing all the liquid out of the pods.

  • ya_do_eet Jan 11, 2009

    I'm having the same problem. If you open the left side of your machine (taking off 4 screws to remove the silver plastic cover) you can see the cluster of check valves that daf75601 is referring to in solution #3. I removed the tube coming from the water heater (big metal thing) and the two other tubes that had metal clips holding the tubing in place. There is still one tube (which seems to be the one running up to the beverage disc holding mechanism) which is held on by a plastic zip strap. I left that one alone. Using a bulb syringe I blew and sucked air through each tube. When I blow through the connection for the water heater tube, if I blow lightly, air comes out the smaller tube (with the two valves hooked to it). If I blow hard (or plug the smaller tube connection with a finger) then the rubber valve up by where the disc sits opens and blows air out. Not sure if this is correct or not, but after putting things back together, the problem is still there - water remains in the disc after brewing. daf75601, can you go into more detail about which connections you blew out with air, and how they should operate when everything is working properly? Thanks!!

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    sometimes it makes a half cup, but mostly there is no water coming through at all. i tried to run the cleaner disc and that ran smoothly.

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I had the exact same issue and was finally able to fix it today! The problem was the air pump was losing pressure and not pushing anything through the tube that's supposed to clean out the remaining water from a brewed disc. I didn't take any pictures, and the machine is already back together, so I'll just describe it the best I can. Every screw I had to remove was a T10 torx head. First, remove both silver plastic sides. To do this, remove the cup holder and the black plastic piece that the cup holder sits in. Also remove the water container from the back. Each side is held on with 4 screws, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. Remove those and take the sides off. Then you need to remove 4 more screws in order to take the top part off. 2 are on either side of the beverage disc holder, and 2 are in the back, halfway up the channel where the water container sits (facing down). Lift the top off, and you'll see a plastic, open topped gear case. That's the air pump assembly. Push the rubber strap that's over the top of it aside so you can lift the whole gear and motor mechanism out of its rubber holder (don't disconnect any tubes, just get it free from the rubber sleeve). Once you've done that, you need to remove the back of the plastic gear housing, which is just a piece of plastic clipped to the rest of the housing. You'll then see the rubber diaphragm that is the air pump. It's connected to the gears by a black piece of plastic sitting over the top of the gearing. You can slip that over the top of the gear and pull the diaphragm out. For the next step, I used petroleum jelly, but you can use whatever you think would work to help the rubber seal to the plastic and not let air leak out. Rub the edges of the rubber with the petroleum jelly (avoid the little flaps - you don't want those to stick to the plastic). That's it! Just reassemble everything and give it a shot. I was amazed that this worked as well as it did. It works like new now!

I hope this helps save some time and troubleshooting!

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  • ya_do_eet Jan 11, 2009

    In my solution, you may have to remove a couple of the tubes on the left side of the unit to get the top far enough out of the way to get at the air pump. I already had those tubes disconnected so I forgot to mention that.

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Have a look at the cluster of check valves inside the unit, especially the one connected to the air compressor. I have cleaned these valves with compressed air and solved my problem.
WARNING: Use this method with caution because you could damage the valves.

You can read US patent 7,231,869 to understand how this work.

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Try cleaning the inside where the discs go.  There is a sensor underneath the clear plastic part which reads the barcodes on the discs.  Make sure it is clean.  Have you tried using the cleaning disc?  Also if you remove the parts underneath where the discs go you can clean them too.  Sometimes stuff will get stuck inside the plastic piece which leads from the disc to the cup... Just a couple suggestions...

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If it is less than 2 years old return it to Braun. They will send you a new one if they cant fix it. They have a list of authroized dealiers on the tassimo website.

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I'm having the same problem....Tassimo, are you listening?
I go to make a cappucino and when I take the milk disc out, it is still half full of milk, AND no foaming is done at the end.  I have only had it a few months with light use.   This is really upsetting if it needs scaling already, and from the sounds of the others, may not work anyway.

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