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'Chugging' noise when trying to get flow of water from steam tube

I am going through the step-by-step installation with the instructions manual (http://www.gaggia.com/dam/bo/allegati/files/17_syncronylogic.pdf) and I am up-to "35: To load the circuit, position the steam tube over the drip tray. Turn the knob counterclockwise and wait until water flows out smoothly from steam tube; to cut off flow, turn the knob clockwise" on page 23.

When I try this on my machine, I move the knob a-little about 1/3 of the way and steam comes out, when I move it about half way, the machine starts to make a weird clicking/chugging noise and after afew seconds of that, the red light appears.

Apparently the still red light means that the water tray is empty or that the coffee container is empty but they are both full.

This is very frustrating as I won this item on ebay second-hand and the seller claimed to have only used it twice.

Has anyone else experienced or still experiencing this problem?

Any information on how to fix this will be greatly appreciated
Thank you,
Marlon

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You must press the hot water/steam button to make sure it is set on hot water. The chugging noise is the pump slowly putting water through the steam boiler for steaming. When you open the steam knob make sure it is all the way open, you will hear the microswitch click when you reach full open(test it out with the machine off). Red light also means heating and low on water, since you are using all the steam faster than it can make it hence the red light.

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