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Water sprays out between portafilter and brewhead.

Water sprays out on the side between portafilter and brewhead. Does this even when testing with no coffee in the portafilter. Sometimes makes a popping noise.

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I had the same problem when I started using the Sirena. When I put the portafilter on I was lining it up with the arrow. I found that if I tighten the portafilter on all the way to the right (past the arrow) it works perfect, no water spraying.

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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Make sure the water reservoir is full and properly fitted into its position.

Posted on Jul 03, 2009

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