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My steam function more water than steam comes out. Yhe thermostat is turning on and off but when you open the steam valve you end up with more water than steam??? To froth the milk i have to do 4 cycles(wait for the light to turn off then stop till light comes on again before open steam valve)Frustrating as you get a watery coffee!!!

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Replace the thermostat for the steamvalve, it is not keeping the element on long enough or you need to descale boiler because there is not enough room for water.

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