Gaggia classic not pumping; water coming through the outflow pipe
Hi, can you help
i have tried priming the pump as suggested in another fixya patch. that was great fun, as i improvised and filled a balloon with water, attached it to the inflow pipe, and, in between spraying water all over the kitchen, managed to get the pump to start pumping again. the noise of the pump quietened down, but now water is just cycling through the outflow pipe, back into the water reservervior. Is my pump goosed??
ps; i had better clean up the water over the kitchen floor before the missus gets back! andy in "sunny" england
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1. Disconnect electrical supply.
2. Remove top cover.
3. Remove pipe from elbow on top of pump body by unscrewing knurled collar.
4. Then, unscrew elbow from pump body.
5. Wrap threads of elbow with a few layers of plumbers PTFE tape.
6. Then carefully screw elbow back in to pump body (this can be a little tricky - be gentle and take your time - this worked fine on my Gaggia Classic).
7. Then re-attach pipe with collar. NOTE: The top of the pump body can be rotated by gently twisting - to get the pipe at the correct angle to the boiler and allow the pump to sit vertically on its bracket.
8. That's it! Check your machine is dry and clean, re-assemble, plug it in, prime the pump (it's in the manual) and pull a shot!
I have a Gaggia Espresso maker and to prime it I have to remove the reservoir and use a tall glass next to the machine so that the hose is almost flat. It seems to **** the water up easier that way. Good luck.
Just bought one this week with exactly the same problem. As a last resort I opened it up to find the pump had come off the rubber support kinking the pipes beneath so no water could get in.
Undo the 2 philips screws on the top, take off the lid and water filler spout and take look. Looking down from the front of the machine, the pump is at the back to the left. If it's just floating in space as mine was, simply push it gently back into the rubber support beneath making sure you don't kink the pipes.
Mine came by DHL from Italy with no right side up marked on the box, so no wonder it came loose!
Hi there, it sounds like your boiler may be full of scale. There is a copper tube which runs from the group up inside the boiler which can get clogged up quite easily. When you take the group apart you will see that when you remove the shower plate and unscrew the bolt in the middle the safety valve and spring will pop out and then if you get a pipe cleaner or something similar and ram it up through the copper pipe. If this does not work then you may have to dimantle the boiler and give it a good clean out. Also although you say the pump is primed it could still be broken. All these problems usually come from scale though. If you get some descaler and try to feed into the boiler by pumping or running water out the steam wand this may free it up. Any further assistance please get in touch with David at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a domestic coffee machine engineer and have machines of all makes sent to me from all over the UK daily. I specialise in La Pavoni, Gaggia, Elektra, Francis Francis etc. You can get in touch with confidence.
All the best
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Hi, this is so easy to fix. Firtsly unplug the machine. Then remove the two screws in the top plate so that you can have access to the internals of the machine. You will see the red pump to the left hand side at the back. Remove the two screws that hold the pump in place (use a magnetic screwdriver so that you can pull the screws out). Pull the pump up towards you and then unscrew the thin plastic pipe at the top of the pump . It is the pump that has the scale build up problem. If you the put the water tubes into the water tank and hold a cup to the top of the pump to catch the water you then have to switch the pump on. You will then start to see lots of scale come out of it and the pump will pump more water than you are expecting so be careful. Be sure to cover the internals of the machine whilst you are doing this as you don't want to get water on the electrics and electricute yourself!!! Then rebuild it! Just svaed yourself £100 in having it serviced :-)