Plastic "Turbo Frother steam nozzle" blows off metal steam pipe
I've been using my Gaggia Carezza for about 2 months and overall am very pleased with it. However, even when it's clean and not at all plugged up, the plastic Turbo Frother steam nozzle tends to blow off the metal steam pipe when I'm steaming milk. Sometimes the two parts of the plastic steam nozzle blow apart instead, leaving the upper part (with the gasket) on the metal steam pipe.
What can I do to remedy this problem?
Re: plastic "Turbo Frother steam nozzle" blows off metal...
Pull off entire plastic wand off by unscrewing the top plastic piece. Inside the piece that connects to the screw top you should see two o-ring type spacers. The top one should be hard pastic and the one beneath should be rubber. Take the entire unit apart and clean, making sure to put all pieces back in the way they came out.
To put back on, take the top piece and put it back on the metal stem first then put the rest of the wand back on and gently push it as far up the metal stem as possible and screw back together. If you don't have the rubber spacer this could be the problem since the wand really has nothing grabbing onto the metal stem except for the rubber spacer. If this doesn't work, order another wand:
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Generally you can clear the ventilate error by pressing the button for Hot Water and then opening the steam knob. You should hear the pump run and water should start to flow from the steam wand. If it doesn't, try removing the frother nozzle so just the chrome pipe is showing.
To remove the frother nozzle you slide the outer sleeve off, and then grip the nozzle with one hand while twisting the cap to loosen it. Then it should slide off the metal steam pipe. Or you can check that the tip of the nozzle isn't clogged.
If you have the frother removed and the steam pipe is definitely open and not clogged and you still hear the pump running but no water is coming out, the next step is to prime the pump.
If you still have the squeeze bulb pump that came with the machine, you can use that - or if you don't have it, a turkey baster will work. You want to take the water tank off and set it aside, then pump water into the valve in the center where the tank had been sitting. You choose "Hot Water" and open the steam valve so the pump starts and then pump water into that valve with the Turkey Baster. You should hear the pump catch and start to move the water - when this happens immediately close the steam valve so the pump stops - then replace the water tank (filled with water please) and open the steam valve again and let water run out of the steam wand for several seconds.
Slide the large sleeve off, now you have just the shorter plastic nozzle with the rounded cap. Unscrew that cap - hold the plastic nozzle with one hand while twisting the cap to unscrew it.
Inside is a hard plastic ring and a soft rubber sleeve. Sometimes the soft rubber sleeve will not come out of the nozzle - if so then just leave it in - but if it will come out, take it out and clean everything really well.
OK ... now put the cap on the steam pipe, then the hard plastic ring, then the rubber sleeve - and slide them up high enough on the pipe - then slide on the nozzle last. Then tighten the cap down on the nozzle until it is gripping good and tight. Then slide the long outer sleeve and you should be good to go.
I HAD A FOAM PROBLEM...with my Gaggia coffee machine. No foam. It was the
little parts at the end of the turbo frother (plastic bush) witch was push in
when I washed it. So, to repair it, I toke a wood pencil, introduce it
gently by the other end and push out that little plastic thing, that's
what makes the steam to foam the milk. J.M. Coutu
Propably the steam pipe is blocked from dry milk. You can use a thin steel wire insert it in the pipe from bottom. If you manage to open it a little bit and start having steam then by boiling water and leave the steam pipe imerse in it it will melt the remaining dirt and by open the stem valve then the dirt will spoot out. If not then the valve is blocked or broken.
1. Remove the froth enhancer and rinse under warm tap water. 2.. Wipe the steam wand with a damp cloth. 3. Briefly set the Selector Control to the ‘STEAM’ position to clear any remaining milk from the steam wand. If that doesn't work, remove any rubber parts. Place the metal frother tube in a pot of water with a bit of ammonia or vinegar in it. Heat the water to boiling, then let it simmer awhile.
I had almost the exact same thing. The fuse for your frother is out. If both the frother and the brew head won't heat, then it is your Thermal Fuse. There are two different fuses inside the machine. Take the top off, and find both fuses. Take a piece of wire and connect it to each end of the fuse. Now turn the power on. If it heats, then that is the fuse. If no results, try the other fuse. Either fuse should be cheap. My thermal fuse was $1.98. Good luck!