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Machine not heating. Power problems

When I plug the machine in, only the top power light goes on. When the power switch is on the boiler light does not go on. The only switch that seems to work is the brew switch. Nothing happens when I turn on the steam switch either.

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  • etta007 Jan 22, 2008

    just got the machine, it worked for two days and then the heater conked out and the pilot light is no longer going on. How do you "check inside??"

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    I turn the machine on and it just doesn't heat - any ideas?

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Check inside for burnt spade connectors or wires burnt off the connectors. spade connectors can be gotten from radio shack or electrical supply houses or home depot.

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