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Steam wand not working

The coffee brews fine but the steam wand is not working. I just cleaned it and water comes through the wand in a good stream and it steamed. A couple of hours after cleaning, the steam wand has stopped steaming again.

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Re: steam wand not working

When I got my X1 (used,) the steamer was clogged. I unscrewed the end of the nozzle, and a big chunk of calcium(?) came out. I had to poke it with some wire with the steamer on. The way I got the end off is: I wrapped it with a leather glove first, then turned it with a pair of pliers. I still managed to scratch it a little bit though. Maybe you can turn it by inserting a needle in the little hole on the side of the nozzle. I've been thinking of using distilled water to avoid the calcium build-up in the future.

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

Re: steam wand not working

The coffee brews fine but the steam wand is not working.
Pressure build ok.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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Does the pump come on (do you hear it?) but no water comes out when you make coffee?

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