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I have had my machine about 2 years and have loved it. But now when I turn on the steam valve it just squirts water and makes the pump noise but no steam comes out. I did notice that a few days ago when I decalcified water was coming out the bottom of the machine (alot) as well as out the spout and the machine smelled "hot" I called wholelattelove and can send it back for repairs that cost 100 but hate to be without my machine for 5 to 6 weeks. I want to bring it to a local serviceman if there is one...I believe the secondary boiler needs repalced. The machine still brews shots os good esspresso and will dispense hot water.

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Yes the steam booster boiler is damaged and a local gaggia repair agent should be able to repair it within an hour, they normally keep that part in stock.

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  • chris2255 Feb 11, 2011

    I have EXACTLY the same problem. Thanks for helping out. Same thing, it happened after the descaling. One additional indicator: The prime light (I have the regular synchrony compact, not the digital model) was on constantly although water went thought the steam valve just fine. I got that resolved by just letting A LOT water run through.

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