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jonnyjett
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 3:12pm
Subject: Starbucks Barista not pumping
 

I just got out my Starbucks Barista from storage as my backup to my FrancisFrancis X3 (see my other post).  It's been in storage for about 3 years.  Before that I hardly used it.  I probably used it for about 6 months or less.  It still looks great.

It heats up fine, but there is no suction.  I hear the pump running.  It just doesn't suck up the water.  It creates steam just fine.  What do you think is going on?
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 5:06pm
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It looks like you don't have any luck with your coffee machines.
Well, usually at the bottom of the water tank, there is a little filter and also a clear plastic hose that is connected to the water pump. I would definitely lift the water tank out and check the filter first and the condition of the hose, make sure it's not disconnected from the tank spout going to the pump.
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 6:11pm
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I literally took the water tank out, disconnected the slip-on filter at the end, pressed the tube onto my tongue and turned it on.  There was no suction.  (Yes, my fiancee raised her eyebrows)
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 6:52pm
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Do you think the problem is the water pump?
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 7:00pm
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Could be.  I don't see why time would hurt a water pump though.  I guess I'm going to have to open the sucker up and take a look.  Hopefully the hose isn't attached to the pump.  That would make it easy.
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 10:19pm
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Took a peek inside. Everything looks fine.  There is no calcium deposits anywhere and the hose isn't kinked.  It really looks new.  Maybe the pump really took a dive over time.
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 10:27pm
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Did you disassemble the pump? It does not take anything too big to gum it up. I had to open up mine and remove the pump, disassemble and clean it. Turned out it was something like a tiny hair stuck in it. I found instructions online. If it was stored, the contaminants may have solidified enough to create the problem.
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 10:27pm
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Hi Jon,

Welcome to the Coffeegeek forums! {;-)

I recommended this to another CG member before. Here's the post: "Re: Now I've done it: Dry pump"  
Try manually priming the vibe pump water inlet/input (suction side) tube by hand. Hold the tube up in the air above the pump, & fill the tube with water., turn on the pump & the water should then be sucked into the pump & helped out by the slight gravity drop within several seconds. If not, turn off & blow into the tube to 'force prime' it & hopefully it will then work.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 11:16pm
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I tried pouring water into the tube but the tube doesn't fill because it's so narrow.  Without having to submerge it, how do I get the tube filled up with water?
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Posted Thu Jan 29, 2009, 5:16am
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use a turkey baster

and open the steam valve ALL the way.
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