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Very little steam or unconstant steam

The coffee works well and the taste is good but when I try to heat my milk with the steam nozzle, not enough steam comes out of it and it seems to quit like if there is not enough pressure on the steam.

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I tried the obvious by cleaning parts and descaling and probing a wire in through the steam valve.. I ended up trying to get an expert on it from the area, he evaluated it and said that it was not worth working on that it would cost over the price of the machine.. I found another person who worked on it as a worker on appliances,.. after taking it apart he found the problem was the first premise that the steam valve metal pipe inside was badly clogged with lime, so he cleaned it out and got it working fine. Now the problem is replacing the parts that seal the machine from someone doing what they did by opening it up.

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