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No water from group head, Roncilio silvia

Porta filter off pulled head screens off and still no water comes out of small hole. Machine is less than a year old and I use mineral free water! Any suggestions??? thanks.........................lj

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  • lattejunkie Jun 27, 2009

    Thank you, Guru! You were right on the money!
    My wife is Hindu , I will ask if she will light a pray candle for your help! Have a wonderful weekend........................Lj

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Hi Sounds like you have a stuck 3 way valve. Its behind the panel in the front. The panel slides to the right when the screw are out.

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