Senseo coffee machine with no coffee flow, how to fix it?

Categorized as Senseo

Last update September 3rd, 2022

The coffee from your your Senseo no longer flows or does it flow poorly? Your Senseo coffee machine has a problem with the flow of coffee? The reason for this can be anything from simple scaling to a damaged part in your coffee maker. This can be due to a clogged coffee outlet or a problem in the water circulation.

Follow our advice to identify the source of your problem and repair your Senseo coffee maker that no longer flows or that flows badly.

Why doesn’t the coffee flow in your Senseo coffee maker anymore?

There are several reasons why your Senseo coffee machine no longer flows and makes coffee normally:

  • the pod compartment is dirty or scaled: if the outlet sieve in the pod compartment is clogged, the coffee will have difficulty flowing into your cup;
  • the coffee flow circuit is obstructed: as before, you have a problem with coffee that does not flow or flows badly;
  • the water gauge in the tank does not work properly: it misleadingly signals to the coffee maker that there is no water and prevents the coffee from flowing;
  • the water circuit of your coffee maker is scaled: the circulation of water is poor and leads to a bad flow of coffee from the Senseo;
  • the water inlet nozzles at the level of the pods are clogged: the scale settles at this point and completely or partially obstructs the water inlet leading to a problem of coffee that does not flow properly;
  • the pump of your machine is defective: the water pressure in the coffee maker is too low and the coffee of the Senseo does not flow;
  • the boiler of your Senseo coffee maker is damaged: this can disrupt the circulation of water in your coffee machine and the coffee from the Senseo will no longer flow.

How to repair a Senseo with no coffee flow?

Depending on the diagnosis, follow our different procedures to repair your Senseo coffee maker that no longer flows at all or whose flow is low.

Cleaning of the Senseo pod slot

This is where you put the pod in the coffee maker. Take out the support and remove the part with the holes. Clean it with a soft brush and soak it in white vinegar to remove the scale.

Run water over the sieve to ensure that all holes are unblocked. Reassemble the unit without forgetting the seal.

Cleaning the coffee spout of your Senseo

Underneath the capsule holder is the circuit for pouring the coffee into your cup.

If the coffee from the Senseo no longer flows, make sure none of the holes are blocked by running it under water to check the flow.

Checking the water tank gauge of your Senseo

Make sure that the water tank gauge of your Senseo coffee machine is working properly and that it does not get stuck at times.

Descaling your Senseo coffee machine

When the Senseo coffee machine no longer flows or the Senseo does not flow well, a descaling of the Senseo can solve the problem.

To descale the Senseo, repeat the operations twice:

  1. Put 1 L of Senseo water/descaler mixture or half water/half white vinegar in the tank of your Senseo coffee maker.
  2. Place the double pod holder with a used pod and a 1.5 L container under the spout.
  3. Turn on the coffee machine and wait until it stops flashing.
  4. Press the 2 cup button and let the liquid flow.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the tank is empty.

Then proceed to rinse your Senseo coffee machine by repeating the following steps twice:

  1. Fill the tank with one litre of fresh water.
  2. Insert the single pod holder.
  3. Turn on the machine and make 2 cycles by pressing the 2-cup button twice.
  4. Insert the double pod holder and repeat until the water runs out by pressing the 2-cup button.

Wash the pod holders, water tank, coffee collector, cover and coffee spout.

You have finished descaling your Senseo coffee machine.

Cleaning the pod shower

Open the pod holder and use a Torx screwdriver to remove the part that sprays water onto the pods.

Brush the metal part with the holes with a soft brush. If it is very dirty, it will prevent the coffee from flowing out of the Senseo. Soak it overnight in white vinegar to clean it thoroughly. Reassemble the unit.

Checking the water pump of your Senseo

A problem with the Senseo’s water pump is causing the coffee not to flow or to flow poorly. To check, remove the pod holder, the pod holder holder, and the reservoir from your coffee maker. With a flathead screwdriver, unclip and remove the plastic cover on the back of your coffee maker, where the reservoir is located.

You now have access to the water pump which is located in the base of the machine. Disconnect one of the electrical wires.

Using an ohmmeter, measure the resistance of the pump: place the pins on the connectors of the pump, you should find about 650 ohms. If this is not the case, change the water pump of your Senseo coffee machine.

Boiler control of the Senseo

Inspect the Senseo boiler to make sure that the problem with the Senseo coffee not flowing is not coming from there. When the back cover of your Senseo coffee machine is open, you have access to it. Disconnect all the hoses and electrical connections.

Test the continuity of the thermostat (small black plastic part with 2 lugs): with a multimeter set to continuity mode, put the two tips on each of the thermostat lugs, you should hear a beep. If it is not the case, change it.

Then test the resistance with an ohmmeter: place the points on the terminals of the resistance, you should find about 35 ohms. If not, you need to replace the boiler of your Senseo coffee maker.

I’ve tried everything, my Senseo has no coffee flowing, what can I do?

If none of the proposed solutions solved your problem of a Senseo coffee maker that does not flow or does not flow well, two solutions:

  • call a specialized repairer who will be better able to identify the origin of your problem and solve it;
  • find a replacement coffee maker.