Can't get my machine to prime
I haven't used the machine that often, the last time I tried to prime it the motor goes but does not draw up the water, maybe an air pocket in the line?
You can use a turkey baster/ear bulb/etc to force-prime the pump; often they get airlocked when sitting for a long time. Fill the bulb with water and fit it into the water intake hose, then with the pump running squeeze the bulb to force the water in. As soon as the water starts to flow easily turn the pump off, put the hose back into the water tank and continue priming.
Guys and Gals, just follow the directions given by Starbucks: the approved and simple method for priming the pump dies not require turkey basters or ANY tools. Turn the machine on but leave brew and steam switches on right OFF. Place a cup under the steaming wand. Open t he steaming valve. Now, although we did not heat the boiler for steam, the wand has this second function, namely priming the pump. When the valve is opened but the boiler is not heated for steaming, the pump kicks on and primes the pump. When the water from the wand is flowing in a continuous stream (3-5 seconds), shut the steam valve. You may now heat the water to steam or brew.
I found that if the machine has sat for a while (years in my case) just using the steam wand WILL NOT WORK. I followed the suggestion of forcing water into the pick up tube that sucks out of the water tank. I used one of those injectors (like a big hypodermic) for flavoring meat. Worked right away and I’m pulling pretty good shots already. Good thing since my Rancilio Sylvia just bit the dust after 20+ years. Got the Starbucks machine a long time ago at a thrift store for $50.00. Oh did I mention it was virtually brand new? Thank you IFIXIT people!
Works with Graef ES. I've usually had to wait an hour or more when it's accidentally run dry. This time I was up and running only a few minutes later. First time I've used the steam tube.
Hello! I hope i can post a question.. So mine won't prime either but it is making a loud humming clanking sound when I turn the wand to prime... Will turkey baster work for my unit or do I have a broken part?
I’ve used both the manufacturer’s priming method (steam wand when machine is cold) AND the turkey baster method with no luck. Compressed air? Help! Bought this (used) for a friend and the owner said he used it successfully 6 months ago!
Baster did not work for me. I needed remove the cover and elevate the syphon tube above the pump. Removed the filter and filled the tube with water and massaged the tube to release air bubbles from the pump. Filled the tube twice. When massaging, squeeze as much of the tube as you can to create enough suction to draught out air bubbles. I used at least six fingers.
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