Question about Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
Maybe something got stuck in it and it's really sticky, and also you shouldn't put water onto a machine, because then you might make that certain type of machine break, and maybe, you could also put oil on it so it might remove more easily. But if those solutions don't work, you could always buy a new one, ask somebody whose had that problem before or ask the store owner from whom you got it from, ask them if anything like that has happened. - wish you the best of luck, Daniela
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the blockage was in your boiler there wouldn't be water in your drip tray. However, it wouldn't hurt to descale after this many years. Vinegar is NOT a good idea as the scale will only flake off and may block other components including the solenoid. A good descaler will disolve the scale so it easily flushes and stores that sell coffee machines usually sell the descalers as well.
There are several regular checks you should do on your machine.
1. Remove and clean the brewing unit at least monthly paying extra attention to the filter that plunges onto the ground coffee and that the coffee passes through before passing into the dispenser. Dried coffee oils will block this filter if left unwashed and water will back flow into the drip tray and dregs drawer.
2. Check that there isn't any ground coffee in the cavity behind the brewing unit (below the nipple) and that the hole at the base of this cavity is clear.
3. Replace the brewing unit. While the door is still open you will be able to operate the machine if you trigger the lever that the door normally triggers. On your model there is a trigger at the top of the door frame. Run water/steam and check to see if there is water dripping from around the top joint of the steam arm when you do this. If no steam at all comes through the steam pipe, but it comes out around the pipe, then you should get it checked by a technician as the tap assembly may be fractured and need replacing.
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
SOURCE: can't get milk to foam
Place 1/3 part distilled white vinegar and 2/3 part water into the water reservoir. Turn the machine on and wait for the heat light to go off. Once the heat light goes off, turn the steam vs. water knob to the water drop icon, and turn the main function knob to steam/water. Make sure to have your frothing cup underneath the steam element ready to catch the water. The vinegar/water solution should clear out the calcium that clogs the steam element. Also, remove the cover to the steam element and dip it in a bowl with vinegar for about 5 minutes, and use something like a pipe cleaner to clean out that cover. Then apply vinegar and hot water to a rag and clean the calcium off the shaft of the steam element. Once you are all finished with this, run plain water through the espresso maker on the steam/water setting to clear out the bitter vinegar residue. Now, try again to make espresso and froth it.
Since milk contains calcium, the steam element has to be decalcified more often than a regular coffee maker. The EM-100 is a beautiful machine, but it is definitely high-maintenance - you will probably spend more time cleaning it than making cappuccino, etc.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor (is also a huge Cuisinart fan)
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
I called Keurig and they felt that it was likely a blockage at the needles, but despite cleaning them repeatedly, there was no improvement. They are sending me a replacement.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
you really need to decalc frequently, at least every 2 months. after it goes too long, you will see that problem. have not figured out yet how to fix it.
Posted on Aug 13, 2010
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