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Makes espresso, coffee, water, but will not steam

The machine has worked great for six months, now it will not steam. you can hear the pump going and it spurts water like in the beginning but it never turns to steam. 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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  • oeshun Jan 06, 2008

    Me too. I had the machine a few months verything worked wonderfully then after about 3 months the steam function stopped working. It still makes great espresso, but will not froth milk...arrgh. I can not take it back as I bought it used from somone else.

    ....Americano/Canadiano drinker former latte drinker.

  • ScarJo Mar 20, 2008

    We have had our machine for 3 months and have the same problem. We can get espresso just fine but only hot water comes out of the wand. Also, the machine stays turned on even after we press the power off button.

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The pump has gone bad - through use. This is a common problem, and has to do with the "seals" that are in the pump. Since the pump generates high pressure and heat, over time, the seals will fail, and will be unable to generate enough pressure and heat to create steam. The only remedy is to have the pump replaced through the Breville Out of Warranty repair centers.
http://www.brevilleusa.com/support/service-centers.pdf

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

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