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Espresso Machine: Coffee Production is Slow or Only Drips

If the coffee production is slow or only drips in your espresso machine, it might be time for a DIY repair. Let us help you fix your espresso machine quickly and accurately. First, check out the parts we suggest, and read the corresponding information to help locate it and replace it if needed. In most cases, it is a simple fix that requires very little effort. Refer to your owner's manual for explicit informaton on your model.

O-Rings
O-Rings
If the seal, also known as gasket or O-ring, is torn or worn out it might cause resistance in the flow of water or even allow water to leak out instead of using it for brewing. This can cause slow coffee production and slow dripping. The seal is located under the group head of the espresso machine and is secured by a screw. Before installing your new seal, remove the screws from the group head cover and make sure to clean it before removing the old seal.
If the seal, also known as gasket or O-ring, is torn or worn out it might cause resistance in the flow of water or even allow water to leak out instead of using it for brewing. This can cause slow coffee production and slow dripping. The seal is located under the group head of the espresso machine and is secured by a screw. Before installing your new seal, remove the screws from the group head cover and make sure to clean it before removing the old seal.
Caps
Caps
The caps, located on the espresso machine boiler, have a built-in safety valve that can break if too much pressure is built up. If that occurs, the valve will no longer hold pressure. This damage can affect the speed of coffee production and might result in slowly-dripping coffee. Replace the caps by unscrewing the old ones and installing the new caps
The caps, located on the espresso machine boiler, have a built-in safety valve that can break if too much pressure is built up. If that occurs, the valve will no longer hold pressure. This damage can affect the speed of coffee production and might result in slowly-dripping coffee. Replace the caps by unscrewing the old ones and installing the new caps
Tubes
Tubes
If coffee production is slow on your espresso machine, check the tubes (also known as pipes) for kinks. If so, it can cause the tube to swell and even burst. Make sure to replace the pipe if this occurs. First remove the water reservoir, top cover, and back cover. Now that you can access the tube, check if it is clogged or kinked. Once you pull out the tube using a pair of needle nose pliers, you can install the new tube. Slide the O-rings from the old tube onto the new one. Lastly, secure the tube in place with clamps and put the covers back in place.
If coffee production is slow on your espresso machine, check the tubes (also known as pipes) for kinks. If so, it can cause the tube to swell and even burst. Make sure to replace the pipe if this occurs. First remove the water reservoir, top cover, and back cover. Now that you can access the tube, check if it is clogged or kinked. Once you pull out the tube using a pair of needle nose pliers, you can install the new tube. Slide the O-rings from the old tube onto the new one. Lastly, secure the tube in place with clamps and put the covers back in place.
Solenoids
Solenoids
The solenoids, also known as valves or electrical valves, can cause slow coffee production in your espresso machine. if water passes through the valve when it is closed this can slow down coffee production. Another issue that can arise is if the valve stays open because of a buildup of water deposits. If the valve will not allow water to go through and remains closed this can also slow down coffee production. Check the valve for the above symptoms and replace if it is not working.

To Replace the valve, you will first need to remove the front panel, unscrew the breaker, remove the nut and electrical connector, take the coil off, along with the nuts, washers, and allens. Finally, take out the malfunctioning part and replace.
The solenoids, also known as valves or electrical valves, can cause slow coffee production in your espresso machine. if water passes through the valve when it is closed this can slow down coffee production. Another issue that can arise is if the valve stays open because of a buildup of water deposits. If the valve will not allow water to go through and remains closed this can also slow down coffee production. Check the valve for the above symptoms and replace if it is not working.

To Replace the valve, you will first need to remove the front panel, unscrew the breaker, remove the nut and electrical connector, take the coil off, along with the nuts, washers, and allens. Finally, take out the malfunctioning part and replace.
Blocks
Blocks
The thermal block provides an important function in your espresso machine, as it works to heat up water for brewing or steam. If your thermal block is clogged it might keep the water from easily flowing and heating up, which can slow down the production of coffee or make it drip. If this is case, your thermal block will need to be replaced.
The thermal block provides an important function in your espresso machine, as it works to heat up water for brewing or steam. If your thermal block is clogged it might keep the water from easily flowing and heating up, which can slow down the production of coffee or make it drip. If this is case, your thermal block will need to be replaced.
Coffee Filters
Coffee Filters
If your espresso machine produces coffee slowly or only drips, check your coffee filters for buildup. If your filter is clogged from small particles or dirt, the flow of the coffee will slow down, resulting in these symptoms. It is normal for filters to become clogged with use. It is recommended to have extra ones on hand to replace them. Depending on your machine, the size of the filter can differ, but it is usually made from metal.
If your espresso machine produces coffee slowly or only drips, check your coffee filters for buildup. If your filter is clogged from small particles or dirt, the flow of the coffee will slow down, resulting in these symptoms. It is normal for filters to become clogged with use. It is recommended to have extra ones on hand to replace them. Depending on your machine, the size of the filter can differ, but it is usually made from metal.

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