Question about Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
Have tried vinegar solution, using needle to clean out hole at bottom of frothing tube. Can tube (or nozzle on end of tube)be removed safely for cleaning?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: frothing tube
It sounds like the tube is clogged. Remove the silver tip on the bottom of the tube. Hold it up to the light and see if you can see through it. If you can not, take a tooth pick and clean the tip out. This seems to have worked for mine.
Posted on Oct 24, 2007
SOURCE: not frothing milk
that means that the steamer is not generating enough pressure steam.
This happens either because there is not enough heat, or if you release the steam when pressure is not enough.
Very common problem with the american maid makers.
bear also in mind that Krups are not the best at frothing milk, and this is also a basic model.
If you want the best capuccino Coffee machine, buy the italian ones, Gaggia, Delonghi, Ariete etc. that are all great at this, or get a bigger Krups as a replacement like the Krups XP405040 that is also good at capuccino
Posted on May 09, 2009
When you say it is not brewing do you also mean there are no lights? First make sure your receptacle is live. Kitchen receptacles should be on Ground Fault duplexes which are notorious for tripping. If you have power to the jack the problem is the coffee pot. If you are good with a screwdriver and have a Digital meter, take the unit apart. Check all components for continuity. There should be a thermal fuse (all metal with small can between two leads, has point on one end) check it. If it is open this is the problem. Fuses are rated in degrees celcius, usually 140 degrees or higher. www.repairclinic.com should have the part. Let me know how you make out.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
i had this problem, and have now finally figured it out and fixed it. the problem is that there is a solenoid valve sticking. i believe that the valve is used to relieve pressure after using the steam, and it vents the hot water directly to the tray. if you aren't diligent about descaling, or if there are water impurities, or if you use the machine infrequently, or for probably any number of other reasons, the valve can gum up and stick in the "open" position, continuously draining the water directly to the tray.
one easy way i've got my machine to work was to cycle steam on and off a few times, thereby signaling the valve to open/close, and unsticking the valve. you can see if it worked without wasting coffee by initiating a rinse cycle, and seeing if the water correctly comes out of the coffee nozzles.
if that doesn't work, you can disassemble the machine and tap on the valve. it has a square black solenoid ~1" square on top of a brass valve. it is mounted on the same bracket as the u-shaped heater. a few sharp raps on top may free up the valve.
if that doesn't work, remove the valve, and try to blow through it. if the valve is stuck open, air will go right through. hold the valve upright and tap it onto a hard surface (countertop, floor, etc.) try blowing through it again. when the valve is unstuck (and held in its normal operating position), you will not be able to blow through it.
once the valve is unstuck, run your machine through a descale process. that should take care of it.
Posted on Feb 13, 2010
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Cleaning & descaling your Keurig brewer is an important step to enjoying the best tasting coffee and keeping your brewer in good shape for years.
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How often you need to do it depends heavily on how often you use your brewer and how "hard" your local water is ("hard" meaning how many minerals are in it). I try to do this 3-4 times a year.
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Open the top of your brewer and remove the K-cup holder. CAUTION: There's are two sharp needles in there. Be careful.
The cup holder is dishwasher safe. You can toss it in the dishwasher if you want. Otherwise a good rinse under warm running water is usually good. There's a sharp needle in here, so be careful.
Turn the cup holder over and ensure these holes at the bottom are free of any obstruction.
The drip-tray is removable. Give it a good clean either by hand or in the dishwasher.
The upper portion of the K-cup holder also has a needle. This needle has three holes in it. Insert a straightened paper clip into each hole to remove any buildup or obstructions.
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Here's a close up: There's nothing you can break in here, so use some force and get that paperclip a good inch in and wiggle it around vigorously. Repeat this for the two other holes in the needle.
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Use a damp, soft cloth to wipe away any coffee grinds or water stains in and around the cup holder area, and down the front of the brewer.
Be careful of that needle inside when wiping it down.
Put the K-cup holder back in the chamber. Make sure it's the right way around by aligning the arrows at the top of the holder.
Empty the water in the brewer's external reservoir.
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Refill the reservoir with undulated white vinegar and replace on your brewer.
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Run four large cup brew cycles. DO NOT use a K-cup, just run it empty . Dispose of the hot vinegar after each. This pushes the vinegar through the inside heating tank as well as all the valves inside.
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Leave your brewer to stand, powered on for four hours. This allows the vinegar time to break down any build up in the tubes and valves inside the brewer.
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Discard any leftover vinegar then refill the reservoir with water only.
Run large cup cycles until "Add Water" is displayed on your brewer's screen. This washes out all traces of vinegar from the insides of the system.
If you notice a vinegar-like smell or taste to the water coming out of your brewer, refill the reservoir with water a second time and run hot water cycles until empty.
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Congratulations!! Your Keurig brewer is now clean and your ready to enjoy full cups of delicious coffee for months to come!
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1. Power off machine.
2. Using a metal paperclip, insert it into left side of top needle. It must insert at least 1" deep. Insert it into slot on right side and again from back of needle.
3. Remove KCup cradle. Separate bottom from top. In the top section, insert the paperclip up into bottom needle from the bottom upwards. It will not go all the way thru and this is normal.
4. Reassemble KCup cradle and reinsert it back into coffee maker.
5. Power on machine.
6. Brew a cup of water only. There may be coffee grounds in the water and these should eventually clear during the remaining steps. NOTE: A large cup brew cycle should output a full 8 ounces (235cc). Less means there is still a blockage.
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