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Water flowing in steam -but not for coffee -the pump works...

...have cleaned etc etc...
hi - I cannot see any solutions so far.. steveherms problems looks similar to mine - but David's (coffeeservice) description on what to find in the machine does not seem to correspond with my "Gaggia Classic Coffee". The only copper tube goes to the froth-valve - and it is not blocked and even if it was blocked should not hinder the water coming through the head. After dismounting the shower head there is no central bolt as desdribed by David - but 2 large and 5 small holes? No screws in sight...

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I am fairly certain you have a problem with your solenoid valve. See this post.

It's relatively easy to fix, and you might get lucky and "un-stick" your solenoid like I did. The hardest part is keeping track of which wires go where as you disconnect them. I strongly suggest taking pictures and/or labeling with a Sharpie. Otherwise, if you're just swapping out the solenoid, my guess is it will take you about an hour if you're being slow and taking pictures.

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Here is a breakdown of your machine:
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