Five Signs Your Coffee Machine Is Ready For A Service
How To Know When Your Coffee Machine Needs A Service
1. Your coffee tastes different (and not in a good way)
If you're anything like us - and if you're here reading this, it's likely you are - you love your coffee. You probably drink it fairly often, if not every day (or if you're like Craig, several times a day). Therefore a change in coffee taste is likely to be something you'll take notice of fairly quickly. Assuming, of course, that you're using the same beans, know how to adjust your grinder for optimum extraction, and have a nice clean coffee machine, if you notice your coffee starts tasting sour or burnt, you may need your machine descaled, or the water filter changed (or both).
2. Your steam wand has no gusto
If you're struggling to steam milk because your steam wand isn't putting out enough steam, first check that the wee holes in the wand tip aren't blocked due to old milk buildup. If this isn't the case, it may be that a seal needs replacing OR this may also be due to scale build-up. Both of these things are checked during a service. However, it's important to note that this can also happen due to element failure, and in some coffee machines a pump failure, which is outside the scope of a regular service and falls under the repair category - but your technician will be happy to discuss this with you if this is the case.
3. Your coffee machine is leaking water
Ok, so this may seem a little on the nose - but if there's water coming out of your coffee machine where shouldn't be, all is not well in paradise. Sometimes this is due to a seal needing replacing, other times it may be something warranting further work - but it's a sure sign your machine needs to be brought in.
4. Your coffee machine has low pressure
In a nutshell, pressure makes the coffee go round. If you notice your espresso machine is starting to lose pressure, you'll want to get this seen to quickly - there are a few potential causes, but the sooner it gets remedied, the better (and the quicker you can go back to being caffeinated).
5. You can't remember the last time your coffee machine was serviced
Ok, so no judgement here - but if you can't remember the last time your machine had a service (or if it was over 6-12 months ago), it's time to bring it in. While regular cleaning is important to keep your machine running well, certain parts of your machine - such as your water filter, anti-vac and seals - have a set lifespan, so should be replaced as soon as they start showing signs of wear.
Regular servicing also helps avoid breakdowns which can be costly and are always at an inconvenient time (like when you've been up all night drafting a proposal for work and reeeeally need that morning coffee only to find your machine's on strike).
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