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Low pressure from steam wand

The machine was working great but the steam wand is driving me nuts now.  It is still making the thumping noise but the steam is coming out very slowly.  Sometimes there's just a trickle of water.  I tried to descale the machine and also unblock the steam wand using a needle.  Nothing helps.  Does anyone have any idea how to fix it?  The machine is out of warranty.  So, I'm hoping to fix it myself.

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It sounds like calcium has built up in the machine. Try running pure vinegar through the machine a couple of times. Hopefully that will clean out the calcium and it will start working again. I had the same deal with a coffee pot that took forever to run the water through. After two sessions of vinegar it worked like new

Posted on Jul 01, 2017

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: Makes espresso, coffee, water, but will not steam

The pump has gone bad - through use. This is a common problem, and has to do with the "seals" that are in the pump. Since the pump generates high pressure and heat, over time, the seals will fail, and will be unable to generate enough pressure and heat to create steam. The only remedy is to have the pump replaced through the Breville Out of Warranty repair centers.
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Posted on Feb 14, 2008

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SOURCE: thumping noise

Hi,

There will be a different sound when you steam milk.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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SOURCE: No steam on the Dream

Hi,

Initially, pls check for steam leaks. This model has been known to have issues with leaks preventing it from reaching the correct pressure/temperature. Since the leak could be visually checked, it would be a matter of determining at what point/component would the steam be coming out other than designated point. Often, it would be a joint with a rubber seal or a tubing entry point.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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SOURCE: No steam, just hot water.

The steam wand has to be removed to be cleaned properly. Unfortunately, this procedure is not outlined in the manual. Just cleaning the wand on the outside or using a clip to clean the tip is not enough.

The other end of steam wand where it connects to the pressuring cabin actually swivels around a fitting. It is this fitting that you need to thoroughly clean. Years of using the machine can cause calcification around this fitting.

If you look under this end of hte steam wand, you should see a philllip-headed screw. Before you loosen this screw, you have to remove the grey trim so that the entire wand can be remove.

Once the entire wand is removed, what I just described will be much clearer.


Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Too much water coming out of steam wand

I noticed the wand squirts hot water at first befor the steam comes out, sometimes for quite a while, so grab a bowl or something and let the water drain out until the steam comes and then put it in the milk. This is what I do and it makes awesome frothy steammed milk.
Good luck and enjoy.
 

Posted on May 12, 2009

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