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Machine not heating. Power problems

When I plug the machine in, only the top power light goes on. When the power switch is on the boiler light does not go on. The only switch that seems to work is the brew switch. Nothing happens when I turn on the steam switch either.

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Re: Machine not heating. Power problems

Check inside for burnt spade connectors or wires burnt off the connectors. spade connectors can be gotten from radio shack or electrical supply houses or home depot.

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