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Topic: my Gaggia classic has started to behave strangely (6 msgs / 156 lines)
1) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
Hi,
After my gaggia Classic has been working fine for more than 2 years it has
suddenly now started to behave strangely.
If I just run water through the machine with an empty porta filter inserted
to warm everything up before making Espresso very little water is comming
through.
Also the sound of the pump has changed, now when I run water through the
empty filter it sounds more like 

2) From: petzul
Hi Claus,
I am by no means an expert, but my espresso machine was acting the same way.
I took the porta filter apart and cleaned the clog. Works fine now. You need
to watch where all the little bits and pieces are supposed to be so that you
put them back correctly.
Good luck,
PeterZ

3) From: AlChemist John
That sounds like a restriction somewhere in the plumbing.  Start simple, 
when is the last time the group way fully cleaned?  After that, when was it=
 
descaled last?
Sometime around 02:22 PM 5/2/2004, Claus Thøgersen typed:
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4) From: Steve Wall
Claus wrote:
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Have you removed the shower head?  I recently inherited a Gaggia Classic
and one of the first things I did was remove the shower head and I
discovered that the thing was about 2/3rds clogged with hardened
black coffee residues.
If that doesn't work I guess the next thing to do is run some descaler
through the machine.  Sweetmarias sells the Urnex cleancafe descaler
but if you're in Denmark there may be better sources locally.
Oh, and about that Gaggia:  What a difference!  My previous espresso
experiences have been with steam toys and a Krups pump driven model,
where I never got anything close to satisfactory shot timing.  With
the Gaggia I get prodigious amounts of crema with just about anything
I run through it, and getting shot times of 25 seconds is not hard at
all.  My only struggle right now is getting my frothing technique
tuned for this machine.
Steve Wall
Steve Wall
OPM UA Lethality
763 572-6454
stephen.wall1

5) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
Hi Peter,
The problem was solved by descalling the machine. I just did not believe
that the problem could happen so suddenly.
the only thing I have done is taking the shower screen of but I cannot find
a way to get deper into the machine, but any suggestions will be apreciated.
Claus
more apart

6) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
Hi Steve,
Yes descaling was the thing to do.
I did also start out with a krups machine and had and still have a hard time
frothing on the Gaggia, simply because the system on the krups worked really
well even though it willl never be liked by baristas!
But there is a guide over at coffeegeek that can help getting a better feel
for real frothinghttp://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/frothingguideClaus


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