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Gaggia classic espresso machine doesn't pour water but the water pump seems to work fine.

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  • yuvalma Feb 02, 2009

    The problem can be resolved wheb taking the heater apart and descaling it.

    The steamer inside most likely is too scaled.

    You'll need tools...

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Don't be annoyed, but the first thing is to eliminate possible obvious reasons.

First -- Do you have the water reservoir filled?

Second -- Is the Steam Toggle (the middle black button) turned on? If so, that's the problem. Turn it off, then turn on the far right button -- the machine should purge steam from the group head which will turn to water quickly.

Third -- do you have a blind filter in the portafilter? That is, is there anything other than the filter basket inside the portafilter handle?

Can you get water to come out of the steam handle? To do this, open the steam valve (the round knob on the side of the machine) by turning it toward you. Then, turn on the machine using the third black button. You should hear the pump running and water should flow through the steam wand. If it doesn't, my guess is that the pump is shot.

There is not an awful lot involved in engineering terms in the system, so if water is not coming out at all after trying all of these things, you're going to have to have it serviced by someoe who can actually address the pump issue. This can be done at home, but if it's under warranty I wouldn't hassle with it.

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