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skunktail
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Posted Mon Aug 16, 2010, 9:43pm
Subject: Hamilton Beach 40715 troubleshooting
 

I recently recieved a HB 40715 espresso machine as a gift. Very excitedly, I opened it up and read the instructions on what to do before use (priming the pump).

Well, I filled the water reservoir to the max line, turned on the machine, let it heat up, turned on the steam, pressed the pump button, and nothing happens except for the machine making an odd noise. I've tried everything I can think of. There is no blockage, the machine just doesn't seem to be building any pressure at all. I've read and reread the instructions -- any ideas on what may be wrong??
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2010, 4:36am
Subject: Re: Hamilton Beach 40715 troubleshooting
 

I have that machine, and that's the proper way to prime the pump.  Sounds like you got one with a bad pump.
EDIT:  You should return it to a store that carries them and ask if you can switch it out.  WalMart might have that model, that's where I got mine, and they're pretty good about gift exchanges.
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skunktail
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2010, 12:52pm
Subject: Re: Hamilton Beach 40715 troubleshooting
 

Ok, I went to walmart and swapped it out.

This one works better, but now the steamer seems to just go insane. Instead of releasing steam, it just squirts water out. If i press the temp. control button, it starts steaming, but won't stop when I release the pump button and leaks all over the place. Do I go get ANOTHER one, or is this typical?
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Posted Tue Aug 17, 2010, 5:35pm
Subject: Re: Hamilton Beach 40715 troubleshooting
 

The way I do steaming with this machine is with the valve all the way clockwise, in the brew position, I push the temp control button in, switching it to steam temp.  Wait 30-45 seconds, then with an empty cup underneath the steam wand, turn the steam valve all the way counterclockwise to the steam position.  

Do not turn the pump on. (If you turn the pump on now, it will start a syphon and the water will never stop flowing)   It takes maybe 10 to 15 seconds for the water to clear and steam to flow.  There will be still some slight spritzing, I find this machine does do wet steam.  

When the water flow turns mostly to steam, turn the valve to brew again, shutting off the steam flow.  Put your steaming pitcher under the wand with the wand submerged in the milk and turn the steam valve to full steam again.  Then lower the pitcher till you hear the cchhhhchhhh sound and the whirlpool starts.  You'll see larger bubbles at first, then as the milk heats, the bubbles will disappear and the surface of the milk will start to look smooth and glassy.  if you want thicker foam for cappuccino, surf the whirlpool a bit longer.  (The pitcher should be a bit warm to the touch by now).  Then raise the pitcher to sink the wand deep into the milk and hold until 140 - 150 degrees F.  Then turn the steam valve off.

Pour the milk, then rinse the pitcher, put it under the steam wand again, turn the valve to full steam and switch the heat button to brew.  Run the pump for a few seconds to cool down and flush the steam wand, then turn the pump off, and switch the valve back to brew, shutting off the water flow.
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