FrancisFrancis X5 espresso machine water not coming out

Equipment doesn't work? Troubleshooting? If you're handy, members can help.
rivardo

#1: Post by rivardo »

Hello Caffeinated friends!
My FrancisFrancis X5 espresso machine of 15+ years is not working.
Lights are on and steamer works, but when I press the button to pull a shot, I hear the standard sound, but no water comes out.
Thoughts/suggestions?
ty :)L

JRising

#2: Post by JRising »

If the "thumb over the steam wand test" stops flow... The pump's weak. An Ulka should be stronger than your thumb.

If the pump isn't weak, but flow doesn't come out the head... the most likely point to be clogged is brew valve.

Standard SBDU tests for all of those machines; Is there flow anywhere? is there an OPV and it it relieving? is the pump stalling? You say "Normal Noise" so probably flow going somewhere. Some more info would help us to help you, where's the water going? You may not have read the posts of the hundreds of people with little SBDU machines asking the same question, but most of the answers to those threads are worth reading if you want to see if it's not yet time to dispose of your machine, descale it, clean it or replace the pump.