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Garry500
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Joined: 5 Mar 2014
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Location: London
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Espresso: Gaggia Cubika
Grinder: Braun Burr
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 4:40am
Subject: Gaggia Cubika not working!
 

(Hello
First time here, so please be gentle!  My coffee machine is playing up and I need some advice.  I've got a 5 year old Gaggia Cubika that's stopped making espresso (Click Here (ecx.images-amazon.com)).
What happens:
I turn it on and, as requested by the manufacturer's instructions, pump a cup of water through the shower head to prime it that works fine.
But when it reaches temperature, nothing (or the slighted trickle) goes through.
The pump makes noise, but the noise on the initial flush-through is louder (and rattle-ier, if that makes sense), but when it reaches temperature it has a more muted hum/pump noise.
The frothing wand works fine.

I've cleaned the shower plate, and removed/cleaned the little spring from the centre of the grouphead concealed beneath the shower plate.  
I do live in a very hard water area (South London), but I also run a de-scaler cycle every few months.  I've done so about 15 times over the past week, trying to dislodge any blockage.

This would sound like a text-book "calc-up", but for the fact that it passes water when cold, but not when hot.  And even if heating up expanded something to cause a blockage it's odd that it wouldn't have been dealt with due to the number of descale cycles I've run.

Gaggia UK do repairs but it will cost 28 for courier fees, plus 50 for them to look at it.  I don't want to spend 78 to find that I need to buy a new machine!
Has anyone experienced similar?

Thanks for reading,
Garry
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