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What does a it mean if the aerocino is flashing its red light?

Normally when i look it has switched off but today it was flashing.
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Diane

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  • Vincenzo Morreale
    Vincenzo Morreale Jun 09, 2015

    When you are finished frothing, turn off by the main, and you would not have that problem. Most important you will avoid all the problems below.

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We had the same thing, and I think it has to do with overheating as well.
After about two goes of frothing hot milk, a little bit of burnt milk residue had formed on the bottom of the jug. I think that "fools" the temperature sensor, and makes it "think" the milk is hot before the frothing time is up (then shuts the machine off, blinking the red light).
As soon as I cleaned the bottom of the jug (had to scrape it with my nails after leaving water in for a while), all systems were "go" again......
My remedy: rinse the jug quickly with cold water after each use, making sure the bottom stays clean!

Posted on Oct 18, 2009

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Its basically due to it overheating. 1, Make sure the bottom is not scratched. 2. Make sure the frother is not coming off. 3. Wash it between spins so it can cool down. 4. clean any muck off the bottom.
I rang them up and the above is what I was told. Also put the metal whisk in and fill it with water and let it go as well to prime it. Cheers, Paul

Posted on Oct 16, 2009

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    George Jost Jul 03, 2016

    Hi, the freezer solution sort of works. Better solution: heat milk in microwave 1 minute and use cold setting to froth. Pretty obvious the heat generation and detection is poorly designed but there are lots of ways to heat milk.

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My aeroccino was doing the "red light blinking" too so I checked the manual (no troubleshooting tips there) but I came across these tips here (thanks for posting!).
It didn't seem to be working for me at first but I did end up getting it going again. Here is what I did.
1. I removed milk from jug and cleaned thoroughly. Tried it again but it still didn't work (red light goes on froths for a bit then red light starts blinking continuously).
2. I put some cold water in the jug. Worked fine but when I switched back to milk it wouldn't work.
3. I switched the attachments and tried water again. Worked fine but when I switched back to milk it wouldn't work.
4. In the end I had to hold the jug firmly on the base and then press the button. That seemed to do the trick.
I ran another water cycle through it with both attachments just to clean it out and both times it worked fine.
I hope it works ok the next time or I will be trying these steps again but in reverse order!
BTW mine had been sitting overnight and this was the first attempt in the morning when the light started blinking. I'm not sure how it could have overheated since I hadn't used it at all yet.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  • Lenny T Jul 14, 2015

    Same thing with mine, if I hold it down firmly and the base it works soon as I take my hand away it stops, thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy

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It should not be flashing - sounds like some sort of electrical short. It has two settings - on and off. If it's flashing... it's not either of those settings! I would call for service.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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    Heather Eyre Dec 08, 2014

    It is a warning flash (overheat) that occurs partway through heating. Not a short.

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Not only you have to clean the bottom of the machine, you also make sure the whisk spring is even all around. On mine, one side was lower than another, so when I straightened the spring, everything works fine.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012

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I also had the flashing red light when attempting to make hot milk froth. My cold operation (blue) was also working fine. My uint was also super clean and had no buildup.

Here is my fix:
You need to take the unit to a nice work surface where you need to flip it upside down. You will notice 3 slots in the back. Very cautiously use a flat head screwdriver apply leverage against the plastic slots and resting your screwdriver against the metal edge, slowly work around the bottom of the unit and pry the plastic unit out of the metal housing. It is held in place with an o-ring seal and 3 plastic tabs. It will eventually come out, so be persistent.

Once the last housing and motor assembly are out you will notice 3 spring tabs. These tabs make contact with the heading element inside the metal brother housing. Carefully bend slightly outward on all three metal spring contacts. Re-assemble taking note of the rubber switch cover. The rubber switch cover needs to come out of the brother body and be installed over the switch before reinstalling.

Bending the metal springs slightly makes a greater contact with the heating element inside.

I did this and my unit now works perfectly again.

Posted on Aug 22, 2015

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    Jacqueline Hunter Feb 03, 2019

    can confirm - this solution worked great. a couple tabs broke off but unit seems to be holding together well enough for me!

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    Jacqueline Hunter Feb 03, 2019

    also, thanks, Paul!

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Had the same problem and it was a super easy fix! Just cut off the thin part on both sides of the little spinning paddle! The spinning of the tiny black "paddle" creates a vortex that causes the machine to overheat at a single point.
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Posted on Oct 31, 2016

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Mine was blinking after the milk was "frothed" but it had stopped early due to overheating. Solved by making sure there was no milk film left on the bottom of the jug before use as this tricks the thermometer into thinking its overheated.

Posted on Feb 01, 2015

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The problem is that the thermocouple has not reset. Simple fix.

Place dry - dry unit in freezer for 15 -20 minutes. Remove and ready for action. Be careful that next batch of milk may overflow when heating due to cold temp of container!!

Cheers

Posted on Jan 31, 2015

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I got this problem once, and I didn't understand what was going on. Thinking maybe some water got to the electrical parts etc. The answer was that I didn't place the whisk correctly on it's place. When I checked, it was actually not sitting on the tap, but just on the bottom of the container, close to the tap.

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