…reducing me to subsistence on drip coffee:angry: …save me please…
Through use, abuse and general neglect my ten year old Gaggia Classic has ceased to push water through the grouphead. It’s gleaming gold exterior belying total inoperability… With the pump turned on water gushes with violent force out the steam wand, however, if one cranks the wand closed one hears the pump’s muted struggle to push a piddley drop or two out the grouphead – maybe 10ml in 30 seconds.
I have popped the screen off and undone the two hex bolts hoping that something cleanable would present itself. If undoing the two hex bolts was supposed to release something – it didn't.
The tap water here is notably soft and leaves little mineral residue in kettles, even after years of use. I think it’s unlikely that the machine is calcified. It may be crudded up with espresso muck?
Any suggestions? If you are from Victoria BC do you know a repair shop?
Success! Water flow is restored! More importantly - Caffeine flow!
My dispersion block (the disk of metal just under the screen held on by two hex bolts) was stuck in place with a mixture of coffee residue and calcification. I was unable to budge it with bare hand action but a gentle nudge with the flat head screwdriver popped it off: