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Saeco Easy hums instead of packs grounds

My Saeco Easy has started really struggling when packing the grounds (should be "thwok, thwok, thwok"). More and more often, I'm getting hums instead of a resounding "thwoks", and I end up with a cup full of slightly tan water and a sludge of water and grounds instead of a tightly packed puck. Something is preventing the smooth operation of the packing mechanism, but I'm hesistant to start pulling things apart. I've removed and thoroughly cleaned the plastic bean/grounds hopper, but that's not doing the trick.

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  • VinnieJ Aug 26, 2008

    Where would I find the brewing gears? In the removable plastic hopper assembly, or inside the main machine?

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Hi,

I think the brewing gears has to be replaced.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

  • Mirko Blas
    Mirko Blas Aug 26, 2008

    Hi,



    you have to open the machine, when you have the back side open you will see a white plastic on the chassis behind the grinder engine. Loosen the screws and you will see two gear wheels, one white and one grey.



    Let me know which one you need and i can give you a spare part number.



    /Mirran

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