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Sometimes the rubber seals on these can be very "stuck" after not being opened for a while - about the best way to free them is to pour a little hot (near boiling) water around the outside of the lid to soften up the seal, make sure you are trying to turn it the right way (anti-clockwise) and give it a little force. You can help prevent this in future by lightly greasing the seal with a tiny bit of vegetable oil - sunflower oil works fine but most should do the job. if the rubber seal looks very distorted or cracked then take it to a hardware store and see if they can find something the right size or try philips support from the same link below. get the user manual here (sorry not available in english, but is available in most other main languages) http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?slg=AEN&cat=KAP_COFFEEMAKERSANDKETTLES_CA&sct=CK_ESPRESSOMACHINES_SU&session=20070307124515_83.54.34.75&grp=KITCHEN_APPLIANCES_GR&ctn=HD5661/90&mid=Link_UserManuals&hlt=Link_UserManuals Hope this helps :)

Philips HD-5661 | Answered on Mar 07, 2015

I too have the same problem wth HD5179..i took it to philips service centre...they barely looked at it and said SORRY NO SPARES for this model.It seems in INDIA philips does not have facilities to service home use exopresso machines...a sad state of affarirs

Philips HD-5661 | Answered on Aug 10, 2013

I recently acquired the same model of espresso maker. I have found that you have to turn it on, and give the water time to heat up before attempting to use the steam function. If you turn on the steam knob too early, it will shoot out a stream of water, so you have to wait till the water is hot enough... probably 3 minutes or so. I'm assuming that you already know that you just place the steam spout into a mug of milk to both heat it up and create foam simultaneously. -Tim

Philips HD-5661 | Answered on Jan 02, 2008

Descaling Problem SOLVED!
Folks, I really hope this helps a lot of you. I too encountered the dreaded descaling problem where it gets stuck in a loop and never finishes. I thought the machine was toast and see so many reviews that people experienced this and had to return the machine.
I tore apart the machine and figured out the issue and the super simple fix!
What happens is the water level sensor does not know it is running out so when the tank empties due to running dry, it never completes the cycle.
Where the water basin goes, if you look at the back lower down, you will see a small rectangular protrusion. This is the water level sensor that works by measuring capacitance. You know how sometimes your machine runs completely out of water and you have to prime it with the tea/hot water button? This is why! When you put the tank in full, water splashes over the edge and down the back. It coats the outside rear of the tank and the sensor with water so the machine thinks it still has an adequate level of water but then all of a sudden runs dry.
The FIX:
Take a paper towel and dry off the water level sensor and the back of the tank. When you put the tank in, do not fill it too high and put it in gently to avoid water spilling out.
Simple as that...fixed!


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Press and hold (for about 6 seconds) the hot water button until the descaling light turns off.


Philips Coffee... | Answered on Nov 26, 2020

First, I'm not a Philips technician. Also don't recommend De-scaling of table top machines UNLESS the MFR provides the de-scaler and recommends it. Several things can prevent the water flow in these small machines. It's probably the vibration pump but suggest following the following list to check if everything is in order.
- Water not getting to machine or not sensing that the water tank is already filled.
* There usually some type of float near to middle of the water tank. It's usually white or colored plastic. This 'float' needs to move freely up-down to 'sense' the filled tank. clean the tank and shake it -note the movement of this float. It will need further cleaning if it's stuck (or you will have to replace tank if it's crudded up).
* Re-install tank and fill with filtered water. Turn machine off, count to 15 then turn on again. This usually turns on pump to add water to inner tank. If this does not happen then there is a CPU problem. If it does hums for 5-10 seconds then goes off but no heating then the pump may have an air bubble in line. Try the turn off and on method several times (up to 5) to get the water flowing. If it's still not working then there is a clog in the pump and will need service and/or replacement.
* Did you change water source? Since this is a table top machine in which you fill the water tank. Try to use filtered (bottled ok) water. Do Not use Distilled or 100% pure water as this type of water will eat out the metals from your machine! Some places use a water softener as it tends to be better for the machine long term (years).
* Still got problems? Check with vendor or MFR for service or replacement. Most machines of this type do not have serviceable parts or adjustments.
Aloha, ukeboy57

Philips Coffee... | Answered on Jan 19, 2018

Quite possible the boiler has failed. You would need to disassemble to check (with a multimeter) if the boiler heater elements are a continuous track from one terminal to the other. Boilers often fail - else you have a electronics problem somewhere that will require a tech person check out.
The other thing boilers can do is to develop an earth leak between the heater element itself and the outside of the element - this will cause the machine to shut down your house's power supply if you have an Earth Leakage Safety Switch installed in your meter box.

Given this was an inexpensive machine and uses rather "odd bod" pods it may be time to consider something more 'common' like a Nespresso, Aldi or the Cafitaly style of capsules.

I especially like the Cafitaly capsules as they have more coffee than Nespresso, have 2 internal filters, can be refilled with ground coffee (I reseal top with wide cellotape) and can be refilled at least 4-6 times before they should be thrown away. Instead of around 30-50c a cup, refilled capsules costs me about 9c a cup - I get about 100 capsules out of 1Kg (2.2 pounds) of coffee.... beat that.

Philips Coffee... | Answered on Dec 11, 2017

Hi,if its been packed away is there a chance the cable might have lost connection inside machine,open and check connections,just food for thought,all the best.

Philips Coffee... | Answered on Oct 03, 2015

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