Garry500 Senior Member Joined: 5 Mar 2014 Posts: 1 Location: London Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Cubika Grinder: Braun Burr
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 3:40am 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?
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