I have tried to baste it while in brew mode. The loud noise goes away and as I am basting it sounds like it's trying to make the coffee but nothing actually happens and then as I release the baster the noise starts again and all is still not well. Do you or anyone else out there have any idea how I could go about 'kick starting it back up' or any other suggestions that I could do to make my machine work again? I don't want to finish wrecking it but at the same time I do not have the means to pay a repair shop as the holidays do come with enough spending on their own. Thanks Again!
Great news. The basting method did not work in this case however I get it to work by using the steam wand. What I did was turned the machine on and turned on the wand right away and let all possible water on. Then I turned the steam function on and let the wand release a lot of steam. Turned everything off, let it sit for awhile and went back and presto! Made myself the first decent espresso I've had in days and all of a sudden was lifted. Felt like I had wings on my back hahaha. Thanks for the help. I'll be sure to come back on this site and support it.
Sorry I did not come up with the solution sooner -- I gave a Gaggia machine (previously owned by Emmy award winner Dina Kaplan -- owner and VJ over at Blip.TV) to a young lady who has endless problems with air lock.
The machine is a Gaggia Coffee.
I gave her this same tip when it locks up.