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Steamer will not work

With the machine on and functioning normally otherwise, I go to turn the steam valve open to heat the milk and nothing happens. It makes no sound either. Any ideas?

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  • rtmumper Aug 27, 2008

    That is not the problem as with a blocked frother you would still hear the pump running. In this case nothing happens. It is as though the knob is a dummy knob.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2008

    I have the same issue after "Ventilate" message. Did you find what it was?

  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    yes same problem after about a year of use we are hitting this one. referred to elsewhere as "ventilate" problem. That is ventilate warning message displays, and mchine will not steam or make coffee. Solution described in manual has no effect. Trying various of the suggested solutions but little joy so far. Leaving machine for a few hours seems to allow it to produce coffee again, but as soon as we attempt to steam we hit the dreaded V message again

  • chrisg666 Nov 10, 2008

    Same as RT Thumper .... the factory settings resets the coffee machine part, but zero from the steam part... as if it was a dummy knob .... well put.

  • Pejayar Feb 04, 2009

    Problem very similar, except that to get rid of the VENTILATE command and to get the machine making coffee again, have to do a factory reset.

    The ventilate button felt a bit soggy, so stripped back that part of the machine.  Not any help!

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    My machine said to ventilate, it did not work so i did factory setting now my coffee comes out but my steamer does not work. I turned on the knob but nothing happens it makes no noise at all. What else can i do



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In order to produce steam, the steam knob has to activate a "working" microswitch when you turn it. If this microswitch has malfunctioned, the pump will not activate.

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Sounds more like the ring clip has come off. Should be easy to replace with a screw driver and pair of pliers.

You'll need to remove the mains cable. Remove the water tank, take out the "bypass" hopper (screws) and remove the bean hopper (screws, make sure you get as many beans out as possible first!) then two more screws at the back hold the hotplate on top. Once you've lifted the hotplate detach the power to the hotplate heater element (put some tape on the wire connector and stick it so it doesn't get lost inside).

Other side of steam knob has a spring clip holding it onto a valve assembly (I had to replace this resin valve with a new one, the new one sent was metal and a lot better constructed).



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Here is what I have found to correct the Ventilate issue, go to the front panel and say yes to factory settings.push the hot water button and open and close steam knob until hot water starts flowng,let it drain in the sink and fill the bin 3 or 4 times . this will get out the air bubbles and you will be able to make coffee and steam milk,worked for me.


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Make sure your milk frother is not blocked.

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