I've lost my manual and i've had this for awhile. I liked my other one but it's now passed on to a better place... :( where do i put the milk to steam? Do I need to put water where the oil cap is? It looks like an oil cap. I put water in it and the esspresso part keeps pouring like it's making regular coffee. does the container in the front right side need a little container, nothing is there nad it's steaming all over the place.
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Ummn - something in your Q. seems not right. The milk is not heated directly - its only heated by the steam as it passes by (and picks up) by the milk using a venturi effect - same as a spray bottle attached to a garden hose. You say you have froth - but you can only get that if you have steam... (it does not just blow air thru to create bubbles). So froth = steam & steam = heat... so milk must be hot.
Suggest you check manual for the 'heat' settings for your expresso as this may have been changed. While this is adjustable, the milk is not.
Also always heat your cups before using them - the silver cup 'holder' at the top does a reasonable job but boiling water does far better.
It sounds like the venturi tube is blocked. Have you ever removed the frothing unit and cleaned in manually? I have a model 4085 and I can reach under where the milk exit tube comes out, twist anti-clockwise (if you are looking up at it) and the whole assembly with the inlet and outlet tube comes out. These pieces can then be individually taken apart and rinsed thoroughly with warm water. If you put it back together (don't forget to twist the connector that locks it back in) and the milk still doesn't froth, take it out again and use a small needle to clear the top of the clear venturi tube which sucks air in to do the frothing. If it is really badly gunged up it might need to be replaced, but mine is 5 years old and still going with regular rinsing. My whole brew unit had to be replaced after 4 years at a cost of about GBP 200, but that's another story.
guess the problem is fixed long time ago? anyway i am happy to let you know if this appliance still annoying you. i ve one which bought at laverton market some months ago, same problem as yours: no manual and even black and decker ignore my request to send me one. therefore i studied the construction and found out how it use: 1. fill up water to the level which engrave at the cylinder. (can fill hot or boiled water to save electricity and speed up the heating process) 2. when it boil power will off automatically, remember do not overfill to leave room for the generated steam; 3. plug off the power; pull up the looped pin of the bend tube; 4. place your milk jug (of course with milk or soy filled inside may be half full only); 5. press the grey button on the cylinder top (use some more energy; i know it is hard!) steam will come out to frothy your milk. 70c for latte, or 85-90c for cuppancino something like that.
add a capfull of the cleaning fluid to a litre of water, insert milk tube and request cappuccino clean from the cleaning button...icon of cleaning tablet surrounded by water droplets, second row second button from lefthand side...then follow screen instructions to step your way through the cleaning selections with +and - buttons.
I keep the cleaning fluid held high to allow it to continue running after the cleaning action.
Remember to run clean water through the pipes using the same method above.
Google x7 manual and you can download one of many copies online.
I have a PDF of the user manual if you want me to e-mail it to you. In the meantime, here is my Wiki Manual (BTW, pagan, the machine does make hot espresso or cappucino, but it doesn't froth per se like a regular espresso machine - it just heats the milk internally and dumps it into the espresso):
General Directions for Making Iced Cappuccinos -Place carafe on top of drip/tray grate with handle touching right front of ICAPP – the ice fill lines should be visible when looking at front of unit -Turn “milk knob” to OPEN position, and open lid of ICAPP -Remove milk container, espresso collector, espresso spinner cup and cover -Put espresso collector back in place with two plastic teeth facing front of machine -There is a stepped fill line inside water reservoir that measures off 1,2, and 4 cups -Fill water reservoir with either 1,2 or 4 fill line cups – do not overfill to avoid damaging the electronics -Add espresso grounds to espresso spinner cup -Line up teeth of spinner cup cover with spinner cup so that the cover locks into place -Fill milk reservoir with 3 oz of milk per cup of iced cappuccino that you plan to make – there is a fill line that measures off 2 cups or 4 cups -Fill carafe with either 2 cups worth of ice or 4 cups, depending on how much iced cappuccino you plan to make -Press down on lid and turn milk knob to HEAT postion -Turn ICAPP on using the ON/OFF button – it will begin to heat – takes about 5-6 minutes (HEAT light will stay on during this process – doesn’t make noise or steam for several minutes) -When READY light turns green, turn the milk knob to the DISPENSE MILK position – your espresso and milk will start dispensing -Unit turns itself off automatically when ready – takes several minutes