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Hamilton Beach Espresso Machine

Steamer won't steam. No parts clogged - everything is cleaned out. Doesn't seem to be building any pressure at all. Suggestions???

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Re: Hamilton Beach Espresso Machine

I have had similar issues with my 40729.
Assuming that when you turn on the steam switch, the steam light goes on and then off when up to temp:
I have resolved this by filling my steaming pitcher with boiling water, remove the end-cap from the frothing wand and soak the end of the steam pipe in the hot water for several minutes. Then fire up the steam and blow it out. if the obstruction is more serious, then you may need to unplug the machine and run a thin and stiff wire ( like a guitar string ) up through the wand to break up the clog.

This unit uses one heater for both the extraction and the steam, so if you are getting extraction then the heater is good. You may also have either:

  • a bad needle valve in the steam knob on the right.
  • a bad thermostat that regulates the heater temp when you turn on the steam switch.

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