10 Breville (Sage) Barista Pro Problem Solved

Are you facing an issue with your Breville Barista Pro? Here is a guide to help you solve the most common problems you are facing with your Breville Barista Pro and know how to maintain it to get excellent regular espresso.

Stay with us to learn how to solve these common issues you are facing with your Breville Barista Pro.

Common Breville Barista Pro Problems

These are some common issues that people face with their Breville Barista Pro are: 

The machine stops after 5 seconds, The coffee grinder is not working, no frothing milk, no heating issue, it produces a loud noise, it leaks; it has low-pressure issues, and more.

Further to this article, we’ll cover all these issues along with their solutions 

Stops After 5 Seconds

You must have faced this issue, in which your machine stops after 5 seconds during the brewing or draining process, It usually happens due to an airlock within the machine.

To fix this issue, you can remove any trapped air by pushing water via the water suction port.

You can also use some tools, like a turkey baster or syringe, to do this. Place the turkey baster inside the water reservoir on the water suction port and push water down the intake.

You will notice progress if you repeat the pumping movement multiple times.

Not Flushing Or the first Cycle Not Working

As the owner of the Breville Barista Pro, you must know that it comes with a safety feature that stops it from working if the water fails to be drawn properly, to protect the heating system. If air is discovered in the system, the initial flush may be paused.

To make it function properly, before using it, ensure that the water tank is full and that the filter is fully wet. This helps in the removal of any trapped air inside. Also, you can fix this with the syringe, as explained in the above section.

My Barista Pro had one or two pauses throughout the initial flush, but it has been running nicely since.

If, after following all the setup processes, your machine continuously refuses to flush when the blinking single shot button is pressed after several attempts, it’s conceivable that you have a faulty machine.

In this instance, it is best to contact Breville and ask for a replacement.

Displaying “Er” Error Message On The Screen

Your Breville Barista Pro may have gone into error mode if it’s showing “ER” on the screen of your machine.

To solve this, you can descale the machine or leave the machine idle for some time to cool down by unplugging it.

If this doesn’t work, then according to the handbook, “if your machine shows ER on the screen, contact Breville Customer Support.

Temperature Problem: Not Hot Enough

If your Breville Barista Pro fails to reach the ideal temperature after descaling, it means that the descaling process was not done properly or that you are not descaling your machine regularly. Try to follow all the descaling instructions as mentioned in the user manual.

Using too much soft water may potentially prevent your Breville Barista Pro from effectively heating the water. Try using spring or ordinary water, and make sure the water tank is properly closed in place.

You can increase the temperature setting of your machine in order to increase the water temperature

How To Change The Temperature Setting

Step 1: To Start, Access the Main Menu

You need to click the menu button on your coffee maker in order to get into the main menu. This is where you can discover numerous settings to modify your coffee-making experience.

Step 2: Navigate Through the Menu

To go through the different settings, use the grind amount dial. Find the “Shot Temp” option. This will help you change the temperature of your espresso.

Step 3: Select the Shot Temperature

Select “Shot Temp” by pressing the grind amount dial. This will enable you to adjust the temperature of your espresso

Step 4: Adjust Shot Temperature

By turning the grind amount dial, you can raise or reduce the shot temperature as shown on the screen 

After selecting the best temperature for your espresso machine, you need to click the grind amount dial in order to confirm the selection. Then the machine will come in its normal mode, and you may begin making your coffee.

To get the right balance for your specific beans, change the temperature in small increments.

In general, increase the temperature if the espresso tastes sour. Reduce the temperature of the espresso if it tastes ashy or burned.

Pre-Heat Your Breville Barista Pro And Cup

Preheating your cup of coffee and machine is another excellent approach to making your Breville coffee hotter.

Before I put coffee in the portafilter to produce an espresso, I first placed the portafilter in the group head without any coffee in it, then put it under the machine and clicked the coffee brew button.

The heated water is going to warm the machine’s cold metal components and your colder cup. After that, pour the water into the washbasin and brew a cup of coffee as usual.

This trick is not applicable to throwaway cups. Because a plastic or cardboard cup does not maintain heat as well as a ceramic or glass cup.

Temperature Problem: Not Heating At All

If your machine doesn’t heat up at all, the problem might be a faulty thermal fuse on the boiler that produces steam.

If you are unfamiliar with mechanical repairs and fuse replacements, it’s preferable not to try to fix it yourself. Rather, contact Breville Customer Service for guidance. If your coffee maker is still under warranty, they should fix it for free.

Grinder Not Working

If your Breville Barista Pro’s grinder stops working, one probable cause is that the coffee grinder has become clogged with coffee beans.

In order to solve this problem, you must unscrew the coffee grinder, vacuum it and completely clean it. 

If your Breville Barista Touch seems to function momentarily while trying to dispense ground coffee but immediately shows “stop” on the screen, this might indicate that the coffee grinder motor has been burned or damaged.

In this case, you need to contact Breville customer support for guidance, if your coffee maker is still under warranty, they should fix it for free.

The Steam Wand Is Weak Or Not Working.

10 Breville (Sage) Barista Pro Problem Solved

Before starting the troubleshooting of the issue of the steam wand not working, first make sure the machine is turned on, there is water in the reservoir, and the steam dial is in the right position.

When the wand becomes clogged, unblock it with the included tool and soak its tip in a Cafiza solution. Make a mental note of how weak the steam is before cleaning the steam wand to compare after cleaning.

To stop future blocking, you need to clean the wand every time you use it and descale it regularly.

If your steam wand is leaking, make sure the tip is correctly attached and, if required, replace the O-ring.

No Water Is Coming Out

The most common causes of this problem are a malfunctioning or blocked valve or a damaged water pump. Follow these procedures to troubleshoot and resolve the issue:

  1. Remove the top and inspect the machine’s water supply and tubes, confirming that all valves are switched on and functional.
  2. When pushing the brew button, listen for a clicking and buzzing sound. demonstrating that the solenoid valve and water pump are both operational.

If you notice that the valves are not operating properly or if you can’t hear any sound, unblock the valves and water pump, use the following methods:

  1. Try to descale the machine regularly
  2. To clear the blockage, use the steam feature. 
  3. Remove any waste from the filter and rinse it with warm water.

If your coffee maker is not working even after descaling or cleaning it, then you must contact Breville support. If your machine is operational but the pressure is low, you can try these troubleshooting steps:

Low Pressure

10 Breville (Sage) Barista Pro Problem Solved

There can be several reasons that cause low pressure on a Breville Barista Express.

To solve the pressure issue, check that your machine is operating correctly and that there are no ground beans in the basket. You need to descale your machine, or your machine is broken if there is no coffee in the basket and the pressure is low.

However, if your Breville Barista Pro is working perfectly, then you can try some different things to fix this issue.

  1. Use the correct grind size, For espresso, a size 9 is appropriate. If required, change the top burr grind setting.
  2. Use the proper amount of ground beans. Whenever pressed down, make sure the silver ring on the tamper is visible.
  3. Tamp the coffee with enough pressure to form a thick coffee puck.


Try to find the leakage source so that you can fix it. Check for leaks in the water tank, gasket, and steam wand.

If necessary, carefully disassemble the machine to determine the source of the leak. When you get to the area where it’s leaking, there are some solutions that you can try to fix this leakage issue based on the kind of leak:

Leaking Water Tank

Make sure that the water tank is completely filled and secured tightly. Tighten the tank if it is loose.

Leaking Group Head or Steam Wand

When using the milk frother, if there is supposed to be steam flowing from the group head or, while extracting an espresso shot, water seeps from the group head, there are three common fixes to this issue.

  1. Descale the Breville espresso machine: A valve that regulates the flow of water could be clogged due to scale buildup, generating a steam or water leak. You can fix this issue by descaling the machine with a descaling solution.
  1. Cleaning the tip of the steam wand: Milk leftovers can block the steam wand tip, as a result of which excess pressure and steam escape through the group head. Use the tool that comes with your machine to clean the tip, remove the milk that has dried, and then soak the tip for 10 minutes in a Cafiza solution.
  1. Replacing the gasket on the group head: Water leaking might be caused by a worn-out or broken group head gasket. To resolve the issue, replace the gasket and check that the portafilter is properly secured.

Leaking Drip Tray

It may appear to be an easy solution, yet it is frequently overlooked. Whenever the drip tray grows full, it may overflow, resulting in water spilling over the countertop. To avoid this problem, remember to clear the drip tray on a regular basis.

Preventing Leaks

  1. Maintain and align seals and gaskets and clean them as needed.
  2. Before you begin brewing, double-check that all of the components are in place.
  3. To avoid overpressure, fill the water tank with cold water.
  4. To remove any accumulation, clean the machine on a regular basis.

If any of the steps never work, try sending the machine to Breville’s support service for repair.

Final Words

In this article, we have provided all the best solutions to fix the common issues with the Breville Barista Pro.

By following all the steps we have mentioned in the article and maintaining the machine regularly, you will make your machine work properly.

If you encounter any problems that are not addressed here, please contact Breville’s customer support for additional help.

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