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Gaggia Baby Twin won't power on. I press the power button and the lights on the panel flash but don't stay lit.

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  • dhillis2 Sep 06, 2010

    Switch is good per ohm meter.

    What else could it be?

  • dhillis2 Sep 06, 2010



    this is a baby TWIN and it does have electronics

  • dhillis2 Sep 07, 2010

    Is there anything else that it could be?
    Circuit board is around $ 100. if that is it I'll replace it but that's about my limit

  • dhillis2 Sep 07, 2010

    This is non responsive I can cut and paste myself

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The most common solution to this problem is to replace a fuse in your machine. This is a relatively simple process that only requires a few tools. Please call us to order fuse DM1040. When you are ready to install this fuse, follow these instructions:

1. Unplug your machine.
2. Remove the top panel on the machine as follows:

Gaggia Classic and Gaggia Coffee- Remove the 2 screws on the top.

Gaggia Carezza
a) Remove the single screw in the funnel that leads to the reservoir.
b) Remove the screw on top of the steam knob.
c) Remove the steam knob.

Gaggia Espresso- Remove the single long screw in the funnel that leads to the reservoir. Note: Be careful when removing the top of the Gaggia Espresso, do not force it or it may crack.

3. With the top of the machine removed, you can see the brew boiler. It is the large, silver component right over the brew group with all of the wires going to it.
4. Locate the Phillips-head screw on top of the boiler that is holding down a brass-colored clip. It should be on the left-hand side if you are facing the front of the machine.
5. Under the brass-colored clip, locate the semi-clear soft tube with wires coming out of both ends of it. The fuse link is in this soft tube.
6. Remove the Phillips-head screw and cut the 2 small plastic ties at either end of the rubber tube.
7. Slide the rubber tube toward the front of the machine. You may have to move the switches on the machine if they are in the way. You will also have to cut 2 or three plastic ties that hold the wires together so that you may move the rubber tube forward.
8. Leave the rubber tube on the wires so that you can slide it back over the new fuse.
9. Taking note of where each wire connects to the, cut the wires that lead to both sides of the fuse. Note: Cut it very close to the existing crimp connector so that the wires will not be overly shortened.
10. Strip the wires that you just cut back about ¼-inch. This will expose the metal part of the wires.
11. Before you install the new fuse, make sure that that the rubber tube will be long enough to cover the whole fuse and that it connects with at least ¼-inch to spare. Cut the fuse shorter if necessary.
12. Install the new fuse (it does not matter which way it faces) using the crimp connectors provided. The connectors are 2 different sizes. The small one is for the single wire from the front of the boiler and the larger connector is for the 2 wires coming from the back of the boiler.
13. Crimp the connectors onto the wire and fuse firmly, but not so firm as to cut the connector.
14. Gently tug on the fuse and the wire to make sure that there is no movement and the connection is secure.
15. Slide the rubber tube over the fuse. Note: Make sure that that all exposed wires and the fuse are inside of the rubber tube.
16. Install new wire zip ties on the ends of the fuse link and replace any that where cut when moving the rubber tube.
17. Replace the brass-colored clip and Phillips-head screw, making sure that the fat part of the fuse link is located under the clip.
18. Make sure that the fuse and rubber tube are securely held in place by the clip. Put the machine back together, plug it in and test it out.

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Hi.

The Baby Twin is definitively not the most reliable Gaggia model. This machine does not have much electronic, if the machine goes off immediately, then it is porbably a On/Off switch, or a wiring problem.

Ensure that problem is not the power connection by connecting power cord to a different outlet. If that does not fix the problem, then the machine must be disassembled. First test is done removing the power switch and reading Ohms at its contacts to see if the switch is staying closed.

The best thing to do from the user point of view is contacting Gaggia, which customer service is quite good, and asking a quote on repair. If I was in your shoes I would ask if a part exchange or upgrade toward a different model is possible.

See:Gaggia : Returns Policy

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

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    Ginko Sep 06, 2010

    Check and eventually replace the fuse. If there is nothing there, then next step is following the lines from main and reading voltages while machine is off. The same job can be done reading Ohms with machine not connected
    For safety reasons I must mention that major repair any test needing power on must be done by trained personal.

    Here the complete diagram with part list. That should be a great help.

    Fuse is part 63.

    I do not think the problem is a short, all parts in this machines are 120V or 220V, a short will trip the circuit breaker, and machine won' restart at all.
    Either than that, there is no electronic. Problem is faulty switch, the fuse, wiring problem.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 06, 2010

    If it has electronic, then it is control board or fuse. If it starts then goes off, then fuse is unlikely. Fuse stays open after breaking. I would replace fuse just in case, but if switch is OK, then problem is likely the control board. A defective component or a cold solder joint can easily cause the same symptoms. As said, the full testing is done reading volts going to control board. Problem is likely control board.

    Here the Baby Twin schematics.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 07, 2010

    Re:Circuit board is around $ 100. if that is it I'll replace it but that's about my limit.

    For that reason the board must be tested. This board is also quite simple. Usually they can be fixed at component level.

    I see that my previous comment received a negative rating. I do not
    understand the reason. By the way on your request the question will be
    passed to a different expert. Sorry about your decision, I have spent some times on your espresso machine.

    Goodbye and good luck.

    Ginko.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Sep 21, 2010

    Thanks a lot. Go and replace the fuse.

    Goodbye.

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Hello. Most likely the brew head needs cleaning. Do this:

1. Ensure that the brew switch and steam knob are turned off and the machine is cold.
2. Unplug the machine.
3. Remove the reservoir, drip tray and drip pan and carefully lay the machine on its back.
4. Use a short Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the shower screen. It is fastened into the group head with a chrome Phillips-head screw (if you damage the shower screen and/or screw, we have replacements available and they are not too expensive).
5. Under the shower screen you will see the “Shower Holding Plate” that is held in place with 2 Allen screws. Remove the 2 Allen screws with a 5mm Allen wrench. Note: If the shower holding plate comes out after removing the 2 Allen screws, skip to step 6.
If the shower holding plate does not come out after removing the 2 Allen screws, use a large flat blade screwdriver to gently pry out the Shower Holding Plate. Note: Be careful not to damage the ridge that the shower screen fits up into. If it still does not come out, you may need to apply some descaler solution in the gaps with a turkey baster or something similar. Be careful not to break or scratch the holding plate.

6. Soak the shower holding plate and shower screen in descaler and use an old toothbrush or group brush to clean the shower screen. DO NOT push a pin through the holes in the screen. It can cause future clogs because it will enlarge the small holes.
7. Rinse the parts thoroughly.
8. Replace the Shower Holding Plate and Shower Screen.
9. Tip the unit back up and replace the drip pan, drip tray and water reservoir.
10. Fill the reservoir and plug the machine in and your machine should be ready to brew again.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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