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Water leaks from steam wand (Gaggia platinum swing).

I have changed all the o-rings in the brew group and it did not fix the problem. No coffee comes out of the machine - just clean water from the steam wand. I am now just trying to take the machine apart and am close but can not remove the cover completely. It seems still somehow attached at the base near the front.

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Remove shower and screw, then run brew button, if that works clean shower, if not remove allen wrench screws and clean diffuser and valve on spirng.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009

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The only thing that comes to mind is that the machine is in steam/hot water mode. Unless you replace the switch and turn off the steam light so that it sends the water to the correct location. Also you might want to remove the shower screen and make sure it is clean.

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I have a gaggia coffee deluxe.
the problem is that water comes through the top of the steam nozzle were the nut is located, i can not get any water to come through brewing head.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010

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Hi the parts manual is here:

http://www.partsguru.com/user/PLATINUM%20SWING%20PARTS%20ER0277%20Rev.00.pdf

The internal brew group is here:
http://www.partsguru.com/user/Expl.,%20Primea%20Brewgroup,%20E90042r%20ed00,%2006y-04m-19d.pdf

Descaling procedures are here:
http://www.partsguru.com/user/Safe%20Descaling%20method.pdf

Do's and Don't are here: (Good tips to!)
http://www.partsguru.com/user/DOs%20and%20DON'Ts.pdf

This unit has Torx screws that are used as fasteners. You must locate and remove all of the Torx screws on the sides and inside the top to gain access to the interal components. Hopefully you can use the first link as a guide as to what screws must be removed. I recommend that you increase the PDF file scale of the parts link to see all of the screws that need removed. There is a non-corrosive non-toxic product out there and available at ACE HARDWARE that you can use to dissolve the blockage and it is called "Eliminate." It just takes time to SIT in order to dissolve the scale build up. I do NOT recommend that you use "Eliminate" for all or your descaling needs. Only in this case where you have a known blockage and you wish to clear it. You will not find that recommendation anywhere and it is up to you if you wish to use or NOT to use Eliminate. It will not damage your machine. It does have to be rinsed out thoroughly as it keeps working as long as it is exposed to any scale, lime or calcium and can re-clog your interal workings with debris if not flushed. (Eliminate is a good non-toxic, non-staining product for sink and shower fixtures (shower heads also) and tiles too... just has a very distinct odor that fades quickly when properly rinsed.)

Feel free to reject this answer if you feel there was not enough information to help you. I do not have a service manual for your unit. No worries here. Just passing on info that I know has worked quite well in the past.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

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