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Water dripping down steamer nozzle

The pressure and temperature of the steamer has decreased, and there is some water running down the outside of the steamer nozzle. It takes approximately 3 times as long to heat steamed milk than it should.

The machine still pulls shots okay.

Perhaps of importance for the leaking water, I did pull the entire metal steam nozzle out, thinking there may have been a plug. However, some leaking and decreased temperature problems started before this.

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Your steam valve may be clogged. Check out

Also make sure your have been descaling and cleaning your machine properly.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007

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    Cerini Coffee Nov 23, 2007

    I meant to say cracked.



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