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My breville bes870xl filter light won't stop flashing single and double. I've unplugged the unit and plugged it back in and turned it on and it still continues to do this.

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  • Andrew Josland
    Andrew Josland Sep 27, 2015

    Your grinder is in unlock position. Turn lock button down & lights will go off. Josso

  • Masina Boatwright
    Masina Boatwright Jun 15, 2017

    The year 2017 and your answer is still helping people :) Thank you Andrew.

  • David Darrow Aug 20, 2017

    And if the "Hot Water System" light is flashing, your right-side-upper knob is not in the 12 o'clock position.

  • Stacey Hanks
    Stacey Hanks Dec 31, 2017

    January 2018 and your answer just saved my day!

  • ivan beaupre
    ivan beaupre Jan 29, 2018

    i have the same problem wath is the solution

  • Alessandra Santo
    Alessandra Santo Apr 06, 2018

    Thank you. Your answer made my day!

  • Heather Smith Jun 10, 2018

    thank you Andrew!



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SOURCE: Cuisinart programmable espresso maker em-200C

Currently, both my manual and steam button are flashing. No idea why. Any help?

Posted on Feb 29, 2008

SOURCE: Breville expresso filter

Put the coffee filter in the oven (yes the OVEN) and run a auto-clean cycle, it will turn all to hashes. Run a clean water cycle after to clean it.
It may discolor the filter a bit, but this is only cosmetic.

It happened to me because the grinder at the grocery store had trouble without anybody noticing it. It's then I decided to buy my own grinder.

Good luck,


Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Error 2-Unit will not heat or brew. Stopped in

Error message 2 is a result of the water heating element burning out. The element is replaceable, if you can find a vendor who sells the element assembly. Price of a new element may be more that a new pot though, if you're lucky enough to find a parts vendor that sells one.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009

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SOURCE: I've had my Keurig Mini


According to your problem first check the electric outlet where you have plugged your machine and also check the power cord of the machine if there anything loose or voltage tripping. You have to clean the infuser and the brewer first. Make it clean properly and check the settings also. Then clean the spout holes. If it doesn't help you then you have to replace the brewer unit.

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No water flowing through Breville Infuser Espresso machine during the cleaning cycle Here's the likely answer:Okay, I have a new Breville Infuser espresso machine. I've used it for a few weeks, without many issues, other than getting the grind settings for the amount of coffee and coarseness adjusted the manual for my Breville Smart Grinder Pro, recommended 17.8 seconds of grind time, at the 12 espresso setting, however, the coffee came through VERY SLOWLY, and at too much pressure, at or past the second screw on the dial. I adjust it to 14.8 seconds and setting 20 for coarseness after MANY trials tweaking it, and the pressure now is just shy of the first screw, and produces a very good espresso/lattes. Today, when I turned the machine on, the cleaning/descaling light was flashing, indicating that a cleaning cycle of the brew head should be done. 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