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Barista athena We didn't use our barista athena for a couple of weeks and when I went to use it water did not come out of the steam wand, rather straight through the shot handle which is unusual because when I first turn it on I flush the steam wand (per the directions) and then flip the steam on switch. I opened the top and it doesn't look like anything is blocked

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  • ultrarunning Oct 20, 2008

    same issue, didn't use for months, turned on, waited for green light (steam button off) and then once green light came on, turned knob on, but just a few spits of water and looks like the water is not being pumped thru the tubing from the bucket. Ideas?



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I have just had a similar problem. Water no longer moves through the steam wand when I try to prime it. Instead, water shoots through the shot handle (or screen if handle is not in).

One thing I did notice is that the dial for the steam wand unscrewed too far and basically popped out. I screwed it back in and the water did not ever come out of the wand again. I took the top lid plate off and unscrewed the wand dial and removed it. I put it back and noticed that there is a little metal spring switch underneath that I assume turns the wand pump on.

Attached to the dial is a plastic sleeve with a flat side. When the dial is turned, this sleeve should turn the switch on. I noticed though that the sleeve is creeping up the shaft towards the dial head which makes it miss the spring switch.

I don't know what kept the sleeve in place before. Probably a plastic stop that has been worn away from use. There is an allen screw in the sleeve, but tightening it doesn't seem to keep it in place. Perhaps inserting a spring in between the dial and the sleeve would work, but the sleeve cannot be taken off to do this. No other answers right now. My wife is not happy the lattes have dried up.

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This happened to me once, and it was a matter of a clogged steamer wand. I straightened a large safety pin and very gently scraped it up and into the wand, pausing to turn the steam valve every couple of scrapes. eventually whatever was in the wand (assuredly milk, even though I clean it religiously) came out and voila- no more problem! hope this helped!

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