cas Senior Member Joined: 8 Aug 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Calgary Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Saeco Aroma
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 12:23pm Subject: Saeco Aroma not pumping water
I've had my saeco aroma espresso machine for about 18 months. I hadn't used it in a while so I ran a vinegar water mix through it and then an additional tank of water to remove any additional vinegar taste. I ran a shot through just fine and once I was done running it I noticed the tank was almost completely empty but I was able to make my latte just fine.
Tried to use it this morning and now it will not work. I get steam out of the wand but no water through the steam wand and no water through the main part either. I'm worried that a) the vinegar damaged something or b) I damaged something due to the water tank being almost empty.
I've read a few things but I'm at a loss and am not sure what to do. Any help is greatly appreciated, I am a newbie to all of this!
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 11:11pm Subject: Re: Saeco Aroma not pumping water
Sounds like you ran it dry. Have you tried to re prime it? search google for great instructions and you tube: priming saeco aroma. Aromas can run dry and need Re priming just for looking at them the wrong way. never let the tank go past 1/4. I have seen aromas need reptimg if left unused for month. Learn to prime the pump.
I would never use vinegar. use dezcal, cheap and effective. citric acid and $1 a packet
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 7:58am Subject: Re: Saeco Aroma not pumping water
Have you filled the boiler since you used it? Unless you used all the water from the internal tank, I doubt you need to prime it but the boiler needs to be filled after EVERY drink you steam. When pulling shots the boiler will refill but steaming, it will use up the water and you need to fill it again. To do this, open the steam wand and turn on the pump, you should get water out of the wand after a few seconds. If you don't get it, you may then need to prime the pump. A turkey baster filled with water can be used to pressurize the line to the pump.
Vinegar will not hurt the machine but for anything other than trying to remove a taste from the water system, it will not help anything either.
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