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Blocked steamer outlet /frother tube

Any good suggestions for ways to clear what appears to be a blocked steamer tube - the bit on the side of the espresso maker used to heat liquids. I cant seem to get it to steam at all. pressure builds up no problem - steam is generated but it just wont pass out the steamer tube. I've had the tube off

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  • Gavin LP Jan 14, 2008

    sorry - continued.... had the tube off and given it a good bash but it still doesnt seem to allow anything to pass. If its ir-repairable anyidea where I can get a replacement?

  • Gavin LP Jan 14, 2008

    make - Krups 962

  • Gavin LP Dec 19, 2008

    I've done vinegar thing and it worked!! Steam flows freely now - we have very soft water here where we live so its been fine ever since! Thanks for all your tips.

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Hello take the pipe put it in a solution of calcium remover leave it in for a couple a day calcium in pipe is like concrete after a day or so try to pass a steel wire in it the calcium gonna get softer everything gonna come of after take the same product fill the machine run the machine with it for a good clean up most of the people loose good expresso machine because of hard water a clean up every few month it gonna work good and our coffee gonna be warmer .p.s when you use special cleaner rinse the machine very good the cleaner is very corrosif cheers

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Boil white vinegar in the unit. If the tube isn't completely blocked, the acid steam will clear it. If (after boiling the vinegar) it doesn't open up, then use wire pipe cleaners soaked in hot vinegar to slowly "****" it out, dissolving the calcification as you go. Pre-soaking the tube in hot vinegar will help. If you can remove the tube and lay it down in a kitchen pan, then boil it in vinegar. Once cleared, make sure to boil vinegar in the unit and eject the steam through the tube on a regular basis, at least once every 2-3 months, to keep the scale deposits down.


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