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Trouble Lights Stay On

I have had my machine for a couple of years trouble free and I love it! This is just a minor annoyance, but the "bean hopper empty" red warning light has been on constantly ever since the unit arrived. Recently, also, I decided to descale and clean the machine even thought descale warning light was not on and as soon as I was done it came on and will not go off. I used descaling solution and followed the instructions in the manual. Otherwise the machine works beautifully, 2 double capuccinos every morning of the week. Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Re: Trouble Lights Stay On

How long does it take for your machine to grind for 1 cup? Longer then 10 seconds? Grinder setting?


Descaling should be done every 2-3 regardless if the light comes on or not. To reset the light hold the steam button until the light goes off.


Descaling information can be found at


Hope this helps!




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