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There is a max fill line mark on the side of the water tank. Fill the water to there or less. Do not fill the water any higher than this line or water will spill out the side where the water inlet hoses run. Also make sure that the tank is not cracked and leaking water.
If I understand well the problem is only with tanks valve which means the spring have become more soft and stays a litle open so you have water leak. It maybe because some scale or dirt keep it open some time.
In order to decide if it wise to fix it or not the answer is simple if you have a good coffee result in cup which means that the grinder grinds good, presure pump work good and boiler heat up ok then you will only need to complete descale the machine and replace only small cheap parts and you will have a very good machine again for some more years. Remember a brand new machine will do the same espresso like yours.
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It means that you need to fill up the system, inside the machine. Push the Water portion button, then it should flow water from the watertube. If you`re having trouble with this, change the water in the tank with luke warm water, this usually solves the problem after a few attempts.
If nothing happens and no water comes out, the solenoid valve is defective and must be changed.
this has happened to me too just yesterday (26 May 2013), I replaced the tank because I was lucky to have kept the spare bits off the old machine I had and it worked fine. Over time, the water gets into the float and corrodes the magnet. Best to just replace the magnet if you can or the whole tank. Good luck
hello in the water tank they is a float it was probably out of water for a while and the float is stuck take the container in our hand and tap it gently by doing that the float gonna get loose move the container you gonna ear the float move put it back fill with water enjoy cheers