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Low water flow from gaggia evolution only 6 months old, have tried descaling, no obvious scale found in machine. pump starts but goes quiet, very feeble flow of water.

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  • edgarpacia Jul 15, 2008

    1. The pump is working (sounds like)

    2. I saw 4 outlets but one working but slow sometimes bubbles.

    3. The 3 outlets not working.

    4. Tried to put White vinegar to remove scales (Still not working)

    5. Any solution please let me know (from Toronto Canada)

  • Roger Jackson
    Roger Jackson Aug 19, 2008

    I have a Gaggia TEBE (Baby in disguise?) and all appears to work except there is no water coming out of the group head. Behind the spray plate there are four holes, of which one bubbles slightly but the others are dry. I descaled it using Gaggia descaler with no effect. The steam pipe works fine but it back-flushes the water to the tank from the group head and the pump sounds like it is working hard as if the water cannot get through.


    I guess it is scaled-up inside the group head so I tried to dismantle it but having removed the two Allen screws it will not come off. I applied descaler to the head and cleaned it thoroughly but it still will not come off, even if I apply leverage with a large screwdriver (as advised somewhere else on the web).



    I am now pondering my next move and any help would be appreciated.


    Roger Jackson

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    The flow time for 2 cups can take up to 60sec but sometimes it will take the correct 20sec. I have backflushed with cleaner tablets stripped the head, left all the parts soaking.That seemed to work but after afew days it was back to its bad old ways.I have very soft water so scaling is'nt a problem.
    Hope you can help.
    B.C.

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I have now solved this problem. The lack of flow associated with the pump working but running quietly is caused by the Group Head being blocked with limescale. Normal descaling cannot remove it because it cannot penetrate the Group Head.
Removing the Group Bell can be achieved using a collection of screws (see photo) and works no matter how stubborn the thing: levering it with a screwdriver in my case was impossible as it was so well glued on. low water flow from gaggia - 6d47425.jpg
I figure that the advice to replace the rubber seal once per year is a good one because it forces you to remove the Group Bell and clean it out.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

  • mysticMart Dec 29, 2010

    Thanks a lot! After removing the Group Bell it wasn't obvious it was covered in scale because there was to much of it. But it's now working like new!

  • anita117 Mar 14, 2011

    Hi, I have the same problem you had but for the life of me I can't get the group head off. I see you managed it with the screws, but even looking at the picture, i can't see how. Any chance you could explain please?
    Thanks

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