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1- The grind fineness setting is too fine. Pump is not able to pump through the compacted coffee grounds.

2- The machine is not descaled. The Calcium deposits in the hydraulic system have reduced the pump pressure. The partially clogged water passages can generate a back pressure to reduce pumping pressure. Was the machine descaled in the past two or three moths? If yes, what was the descaling product used?
3- The pump may be air locked and not able to pump water.
4- Oily beans may have been used. Oily beans are poison for the all fully automatic espresso machines. This clogs the grinding chamber or the grinder outlet. This model is made in Romania made in 2006 or after. This machine has a Ceramic Burr grinder 2006 which is a huge problem to clean adjust beans quantity per shot of espresso etc. etc. Occasionally it will dump dry coffee grounds when the quantity of beans powder is insufficient.

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Error code 5 means the water flow is obstructed. Here are possible locations:
1- The machine was not descaled. Calcium deposits are clogging the water system.

2- The flow meter is not passing impulses for water flow speed & quantity.

3- Descale Descale Descale.
Before you select the automatic descaling, make a few espresso without adding coffee grounds. The automatic cycle does not clean the coffee side of the machine. You have to do it intentionally.

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The water passages in the espresso makes may be clogged. Please descale the machine. Depending on the period for which the descaling was not done, it may need nore than one descaling cycle to remove accumulated Calcium deposits.
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If you've used the machine for awhile, and you have not cleaned/descaled it, it may be clogged with mineral deposits. Citric acid, a white natural mild acid is a good descaler. It comes in powder form and readily dissolves in water. You can locate citric acid on the web (ebay). White vinegar also works, about 1/2 & 1/2 with water. Run the solution through the machine to descale it. It may take a few treatments to get all the mineral deposits out. Use about 2 tbsp of baking soda in water afterwards to neutralize the acid.Hope this Helps!!

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I suggest you try cleaning/descaling again. Possibly the scale that was loosened did clog the coffee maker up.

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Use Scalekleen or other citric acid.
Always use the right descaling products.
Descaling chemicals purchased from supermarkets may not be suitable for the
machine. Use of Vinegar is prohibited by manufacturers. Please read the
operating manual. Do not use Cafiza, Cleancaf or PuroCaff. These are coffee
cleaners recommended for back flushing coffee machines.
2- Always dissolve the Descaling chemical in a container and pour into the water
tank. Never add directly into the water tank. Crystals of chemical will slide into
the filter & pump and block the water hose and restrict flow of water.
3- Do not pour solution when the tank it is on the machine. In fully automatic
machines, the bean hopper is next to the water tank. The solution / water can
accidentally get into the bean hopper and cause serious damage to the grinder.
4- Espresso machines have separate water passage for Hot water from steam
pipe and espresso dispensing. Flush the solution from both sides, alternatively.
Turn machine on, flush one cup from steam pipe and turn machine off. After a
pause of 3 to 5 minutes turn machine on and make one large espresso (4-oz.).
Repeat this process until all of the solution in the tank is used up.
This method is best both for semi-automatic & fully automatic espresso
Using Electronic programmed method does only half the job as it flushes
descaling solution only through the steam pipe. The machine must be flushed
with solution from espresso side as well. Automatic descaling method should be
completed by making 6 espresso with or without coffee (using pre-ground cycle
when available).
5- Rinse the water tank and fill with fresh clean water. Repeat the rinsing process
alternatively until four tanks of water is used up to flush the chemical out.
Caution: Do not leave the machine before completing the rinsing
with clean water. The solution left inside will corrode & tarnish
metallic surface.
Do not leave Chrome plated objects submerged in descaling
solution for more than 10 seconds. The chrome will dissolve and
leave the item permanently corroded and black.

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If water barely flows when you press the button then try backwashing the machine and removing the shower screen to clean it.

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Try descaling your machine, because it may be clogged. Boilers heat up the water to produce steam. If descaling doesnt work you may have a boiler related problem.

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