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Espresso Machine Stopped Working

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My Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine (Cafe Roma) suddenly stopped heating water, and of course no longer makes coffee. The machine is about 7 months old and has barely been used once a day. It literally went from making a nice espresso to nothing, all within the space of an hour.

Calls to Breville customer service have been one-sided, as they never answer or reply to emails. (Wonder how you get a job like that??)



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  • ktr3 Oct 22, 2008

    My machine just stopped working. No hot water.
    Now what?
    Can I return it to Breville? Has anyone done this successfully?

  • solonscout Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem where it is just not heating.  Is the thermostat fuse something I can get at the hardware store and replace myself?


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Mine stopped heating (pumped only cold water) and when I opened the top of the machine I noticed that the blue electrical cable to the thermal block assembly (probably to the thermal fuse, but I an not sure about that) corroded and was loose. I fixed the connection and since then the machine heats perfect.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011

  • Andmccal Sep 25, 2011

    Had exactly the same problem and thought it was the thermoblock. Was about to buy a new machine and then read your post. 10 min later machine working fine. Must be a design flaw as the same blue cable was arcing and showed signs of scorching... Not good in a home appliance.

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    spinella812 Jun 09, 2012

    you helped me tremendously! Same situation on my 3 y.o. machine, probably used about the equivalent of 1-2 years.


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I think there are a thermostat fuse inside the machine, you have to open the top.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

  • coffee432 Jun 21, 2011

    Do you recommend replacing the thermostat fuse or what?


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Same problem for my machine. I opened the top by removing the two screws behind and the screw on the top. There are also two screws that are accessible with a long screwdriver on both sides of the portafilter (the screws retain the top also). See drawings in link for details.

I also had the blue connector connected to the heater completly burned. I managed to fix it with pliers and I added some solder to ensure a better electrical contact. I also added some solder on the red connector (also connected to the heater) because it turn red and fumed when I turned the heater on again. These connectors have poor contact and may heat up with the high current passing to heat up the water. Just make sure that there is a solid contact and that it cannot get loose during the vibrations of the pump.
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    Mayce Feb 14, 2016

    Hi, I have the same problem, but it looked like two blue wires were connecting to the red terminal. One was from the bottom of the machine and the other from the top. I'm not sure if I should be fusing them both to the red terminal? In your photo I can only see the blue wire coming from the top. I have the exact same model... any ideas would be super helpful!

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    Mayce Feb 14, 2016

    here is a photo of the makeshift job...It started to heat up the water fine, I just want to make sure it is safe before I solder and secure it more. You can see the wire from the bottom as well as from the top, and I am not sure if both are supposed to be connected to the red terminal. When I first opened it, it looked like maybe the bottom wire connected to the top wire, then the top wire alone was onto the red terminal? Can't be too sure. Any tips would be very appreciated! Thanks!

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    Mouton Feb 17, 2016

    Hello Mayce!I am glad that my post helped you fix your machine!I checked mine and there are really two blue wires attached to the red terminal. Happy espresso!

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    David Kotschessa Jul 17, 2016

    Thanks for this. Tightening with pliers worked for a few days but then came loose again. I decided it was time to learn how to solder. I ordered a kit and gave it a go. After dripping solder everywhere but where I wanted it, I finally managed to solder the parts as shown. However, on operating the machine,the parts heated and melted the solder right back off again. Thoughts on what newbie mistake I'm making here?

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    Mouton Jul 17, 2016

    Hello David. I'm happy my post could help you too. It also happened to me. It happens if the connection is not good enough. If there is lot of current that pass through a very small metallic contact, it will heat up a lot. You just need to be patient and try to solder and tighten it up so you have a nice and large metallic contact. The vibration of the machine does not help too because it can lossen weak connection. In summary, if you have a good connection, it wont heat up and the solder will hold up.

    Good luck! :-)


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Instead of soldering the 2 connectors, I used part of the electrical connector showed in the attaches image ( pointed by an arrow). This creates a solid connection between the 2 items, and now the water heats up un less than 20 seconds.
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As Hans suggested, take off the top and check the blue wire feeding into there abloom. Mine was corroded and snapped so was only occasionally providing contact. 5 min solder job and machine now consistently heats up in about 2 minutes versus ( 20minutes to never )that I had previously experienced.

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  • Filip Jakob's Apr 22, 2013

    Sorry that should read "feeding into the thermablock unit"


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