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Cannot Prime Starbucks Sirena

Have same problem as others. In order to prime the Starbucks Sirena machine, I turn the power sitch on, then turn steamer knob on. The pump runs only for about ten seconds and stops - water does not come out. Until I can prime it, I cannot use it. Tried multiple times. Any solutions? Did not work to put downward prssure on water tank - as suggested in earlier thread.

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In regards of the no prime issue. this is the only way i could prime this new puppy.make sure its stone cold which is a no brainer since it will not heat h2o unless its primed. first take off steamer plastic tip ,turn on steamer clock wise till pump starts. then **** the tip of the end of the metal tip hard until pump stops may need to do it a couple of times. yes this seems out of this world but it works. you are flushing out the vapor lock in the pump. bravo enjoy!

Posted on Nov 29, 2009

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    the word **** means pulling air out of tube tip by your lips sealing tube tip an inhaling through your mouth

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I tried the inhale method sip method described but, i could not get enough vacuum, but it got me thinking in the right direction.
You do not need to disassemble this machine, it will not heat unless it is prim
WARNING: machine must be STONE COLD before attempting this!
1. Get a large syringe (Without a needle of course, I used a 60ml one I bought at a pharmacy for $3.)
2. Fill the water tank full
3. Pull off chrome tip on the steam wand to expose the black plastic jet where steam comes out.
4. Place the tip of the syringe onto the tip of the black plastic steam jet on the machine.
5. Push the power button ON.
6. Turn the steam knob clockwise all the way until the pump starts.
7. Press the syringe onto the jet firmly to seal the connection, and simultaneously draw the plunger out.
8. Quickly, release the seal and eject the air in the syringe out (into open air not into the machine)
9. Repeat steps 7&8 until water draws into the syringe.
10. Go make yourself a cup of coffee and celebrate that you overcame the flaw in this machines design that renders most of them to the rubbish heap.

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I had the same issue also. The way I solved it was to lift very slightly on the tank. Or what you can do is just remove the tank and set it in very very lightly. The light turned off and I heard the machine click. I was able to use my free hand to turn the pump on and prime it and water actually came out.

Only problem is that I had to keep the tank slightly higher than it wanted sit for it to work at all. I had to use some rubber band around the little legs on the back of the tank so it would sit higher, and it sits on the sensor correctly. If it doesn't it will have a steady blue water light . I know... it is ghetto, but saves you from shipping to the manufacturer. hope this helps. Sad that this machine cost so much, but it is so touchy that if a squirrel in your back yard farts it stops working.

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