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The Steam Mechanism Won't Operate

Hi There,
Of recently I have come across an unusual problem where by Expresso Machine won't produce steam.  When I turn the knob to the right the Expresso Function will work but soon after I turn the knob to the left for the Steam Function the Machine will not operate where by it doesn't make that thumping noise before the Machine will produce steam through the valve.
Any ideas?  I had only de-limed it in the last month or so.

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  • drdantru Mar 24, 2008

    Same issue, I tried dip-it coffee machine cleaner, and ran Cleancaf thru twice as well, nothing comes out and it get very hot trying. The espresso works just fine, but nothing from the steam. I think it is an internal issue not easily resolved with de-scaling.

  • CoffeeKrazee Jun 25, 2008

    I have the same problem with the steamer - there is no steam or thumping noise. It just started today -- the espresso part works fine.

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HI Folks, I had the same problem and I have found a solution that worked for me. I took a look at the circuit board (I am an electrical engineer) and I could see an ever so slight buildup on the circuits behind the chips. It looked like some water or steam dripped back there. Then with some effort I was able to peel the circuit board off the glue and wash the back of the board where the solder is with clean water and a gentle brush (all circuit boards are actuall washed after they are made) then I dried it by placing it in the sun. After and hour, I put the board back in and presto the "thumping" and steam were back !. I hope that helps.

Mike.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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HI Folks, I had the same problem and I have found a solution that worked for me. I took a look at the circuit board (I am an electrical engineer) and I could see an ever so slight buildup on the circuits behind the chips. It looked like some water or steam dripped back there. Then with some effort I was able to peel the circuit board off the glue and wash the back of the board where the solder is with clean water and a gentle brush (all circuit boards are actually washed after they are made) then I dried it by placing it in the sun. After and hour, I put the board back in and presto the "thumping" and steam were back !. I hope that helps.

Mike.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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I contacted Breville and they were very gracious about a return. They took mine even though it was a couple months beyond the warranty and replaced with a new machine. The new machine has some new changes that seem to help prevent the frothing arm from clogging so easily. I do like the improvments.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

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I had the same problem; the solution was to replace the PC board ($40) in the machine.

You should hear the pump “thumping away” when it is producing steam because it uses a thermal block.

Espresso machines which use a boiler to produce steam do not use a pump.


Scott

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

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Hi there,

I too am having a similar problem with my breville espresso machine. Whereby i used to be able to froth the milk with no problems but these past couple of days, the steam button light is illuminated, when i turn the knob to steam the milk, the steam button's light goes off and the hot water gets illumintaed and all i get is hot water. It also does not make that thumping noise it usually does just before the steaming begins. Please help!

I have tried clenaing it, letting the hot water run for a few minutes (not just seconds) but still the issue isn't resolved. I am thinking about taking it back to the manufacturer as it is still under warranty. Only prob is they are on the other side of the state :o(

Many thanks,
Alison

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