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I purchased a lightly used ECM Veneziano A1 Espresso Machine. I was able to locate a manual on a German Website and think I am doing everything correct. Machine has sat for 5 years in a warehouse. I cleaned it up, removed resevoir and added filtered water and replaced. I opened valves, plugged in machine and turned on machine. It buzzed for 30 secconds or so, got quaite and then an alarm and lights blinked. I turned off machine. I dont think pump is working or perhaps I need better instructions. I only have one flexible rubber tube to go in resevoir and manual mentions two but perhaps the 2nd is for S1 model. Is there a primer on machine or something? Is pump not working? Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Steve

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The clue here is that the problem involves the hot wate and the single or double espressos. These three functions require accurate water measurements and they are programmable. It appears that the flow meter is not sending the correct information to the control unit. This could happen if you have blockages or if the flow meter is not working anymore. Most likely you need a new flow meter which only costs about $20 and should not be too difficult to replace. It is located between the water tank and the pump.

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