fontaineous Senior Member Joined: 22 Sep 2012 Posts: 2 Location: austin Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012, 3:14pm Subject: Gaggia Baby - Steam Problem
I've had my Gaggia Baby for a few months right and have not had much luck with frothing milk. It was purchased refurbished from wholelattelove a few months ago. Once I pull a shot, the machine no longer produces adequate steam to froth milk. The flow of steam is so reduced such that I can hold my hand under the nozzle. Here are some sceneraios:
Power on the machine from cold, wait 5 mins to warm up and press steam button. Wait 10s after seeing steam indicator light, and open steam knob. From there it produces adequate steam for about a minute.
Power up from cold, with 5 mins to warm up and pull espresso. Switch on steam button, wait 10s after seeing steam indicator light and open steam knob. Virtually no steam.
Any ideas? Is this symptomatic of a faulty steam thermostat? My one guess is that it is only builds while it reaches the it's operating temp after being powered on. Once that steam is depleted or it doesn't seem to produce more.
After testing, there was no steam after powering up, immediately switching to steam mode, and waiting 20 mins to warm up. This suggests a faulty steam thermostat. I hope WLL can help me out to get it fixed.
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