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mama
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 12:31pm
Subject: Is my machine dead?
 

We bought a reconditioned Gaggia Baby about 3 years ago and have used it daily with good results, only replacing the gasket annually.

My husband came home from work last week and found that the steam/frothing button had been on all day, probably accidentally pushed by the cleaning lady. (we don't froth milk, only make espresso.)

Since then the machine doesn't work. You can turn it on, it makes all the right noises, but nothing comes out. It's as if the machine is clogged. My husband tried to run descaler through it but that's not coming out either.

I looked at parts on wholelattelove (which is where we bought it) and it looks like major replacement parts like the boiler are as expensive as the machine.

Would you experts look into having this thing repaired? If so where would you go? I'm in Berkeley, CA.

Or would you be in the market for a new machine?
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 12:50pm
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Have you checked the tips section at WLL?
You may need to re prime the pump as per the instructions here.

Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 1:02pm
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I  was a bit slower than CoffeeRon.  Same thought, the boiler is empty from leaving steam on and needs to be refilled, primed.  Assuming the right noise is the pump.  Do not keep running it unprimed.  If not as simple as a re-prime, does it heat?

 
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 3:59pm
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Thanks both for the suggestion. I did the priming routine. Very very hot water comes out of the frothing wand, nothing out of the regular part that makes the espresso. It almost seems clogged, like my husband says.

And he says I described the accident wrong. The espresso machine was turned off while the cleaning lady was here. What happened was that my husband went to make espresso and discovered the valve thing was turned halfway between the steaming wand and the regular espresso setting. So water and steam came out of both places, and nothing since out of the - what do you call it anyway? - espresso part of the machine. (Which, again, is the only part we use.)
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 4:58pm
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I believe that this is your machine.

Click Here (www.partsguru.com)

If the steam valve is closed and the pump on, what happens?  Do you hear the pump and nothing out?  When did you last descale?  When did you last backflush, and what agents for descale and backflush?

I believe that you are wanting the part group or group head.  

If the steam switch is on, not just the steam valve open, then the 3 way valve shuts off the group.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 9:33pm
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Okay, my husband has the machine all taken apart on the kitchen counter. Pity me.

It seems to be the three-way valve. We can blow air through the thing when it is turned toward the wand, but not at all when turned toward the head.

At least he's having fun!
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 2:40pm
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I feel I owe it to my husband to report that he fixed the machine!

It was some combination of being clogged and needing to be primed. Once he took everything apart and blew through all of the connections, then primed the machine, water started flowing through the head again.

Many thanks to those who answered.
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 3:06pm
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What was the clog?  When did you last descale?  What can we all learn :)

 
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 3:39pm
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Good job!

 
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 8:53pm
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I do not actually know where the clog was located.  We disconnected all of the tubes, blew through them, and reconnected them. Some of the clamps no longer worked so hubby went to an auto parts store to buy similar clamps.

Then did the priming routine and it worked. We ran descaler then because when we opened it up there was a bit of mineral deposit in the boiler. We hadn't descaled in almost a year.

Um... Also. Because I was on here looking for ideas, I got sucked into the thought of roasting my own beans. I ordered some green coffee beans and am going to use the air popper method. :). This is a dangerous place to hang out.
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