Breville Steam Wand is Not Working (Know How To Fix It)

When you’re in the mood for a cappuccino, you turn your machine on to make the milk frothy, but you notice that your machine is not operating. 

In this instance, you are in the right place because in this article we will discuss this problem and the possible solution to this problem.

How Do I Fix A Breville Steamer That Is Not Working?

If the frother of your machine is not working, then in that case, what you can do is clean the wand’s tip of any limescale or milk debris. If this fails to resolve the issue, then you need to run a full descaling process on your machine to clear the remaining residue from the steam wand.

Perform Obvious Checks

There are a few obvious reasons why the steam wand does not operate. The first thing you need to ensure is that your Breville machine is switched on.

The second thing is to check the water in the tank. If the tank is empty, fill it with fresh water.

The final step is to set the steam dial to the preferred steam position rather than standby or hot water.

Steam Wand Needs Unclogging

Every time you use a steam wand, you should clean it. If you do not clean it, it is possible that it will become blocked with dried milk inside. As a result, the steamer will either drop some water without steaming or will not operate at all.

Clean the steam wand. You need a tool that already came with your machine when you bought it. The tool has a pin on it and a hole in the centre of the tool.

You can use the tool to clean the steam wand. To do so, insert the pin into the hole of the steam wand. Shake it around a little to get all of the dried milk out. After this, unscrew the steam wand’s end tip with the help of the hole in the tool.

Take some hot water with cleaning powder in it (the same thing you use to descale your machine). Dip the steam wand tip into it for 10 to 15 minutes. This helps dispose of any old dried milk. Then wash it with normal water, and everything should be clean.

You may also use a water/descaling solution that was still left over after descaled your espresso machine.

Now to check whether the steam wand is functional, just put the steam wand in a cup and stand back, since it may spit a lot of hot water when it is used for the first time after being cleaned

Avoid The Steam Wand From Getting Clogged

In order to avoid future clogging of the steam wand, the best thing you can do is clean it after each use. First, clean the steam wand with a moist towel to take out any milk residue.

After that, move the wand towards the drip tray and set the Steam/hot water dial on steam for 10 seconds to completely clean the interior of the steam wand.

Do A Descaling Cycle On The Breville Espresso Machine

Perform a full descaling process on your Breville espresso machine cleans all other parts of the steam wand.

It is essential to know that you should not use white vinegar to descale your Breville espresso machine, this could damage the machine.

Take the descaling solution, and follow all the instructions written on the bottle to mix it in the water tank. You should use the solution with an equal amount of water, which makes it a one-to-one ratio.

Then turn your machine off, and hold down the two-cup and power buttons for 5 seconds. If some lights start to blink, it means your machine is in descale mode.

So now that you are in descale mode, you need to press and hold the one-cup button for 25 to 30 seconds to allow water to pass through the portafilter.

Now turn on the hot water for 10 seconds, and lastly, turn on the steamer for 15 seconds. Continue the cycle until the water tank is completely drained. You may turn it off after the tank is empty.

If you are planning to clean the rest of your machine, then you must check out the article we have written on how to clean the Breville Barista Express.

The steam wand should now be entirely clean and ready to use!

The Steam Wand of Breville Oracle Is Leaking

When the steam wand on the Breville Oracle begins to leak at the tip, there are usually two causes.

The first thing that could cause this is that you didn’t sufficiently tighten the end of the steam wand. This may allow some of the water to leak through.

The second issue might be that the O ring lies between the steam wand’s tip and the steam wand itself, is cracked or torn.

O ring can be replaced easily. All you need to do is remove the steam wand’s tip and replace it with a new O ring.

Steam Wand Is Still Not Working

After following all the solutions mentioned in the article, your machine should be working again. If your Breville espresso machine is still not working, then the best thing to do is to call  Breville customer support.

If your machine is still under warranty, then they will repair it for free or they can guide you over the phone on how to fix it.

Final Words

The steam wand plays a very important role in making a cappuccino, but what if it’s not working? I know it’s really annoying to have this issue with your machine when you want to have a cup of cappuccino. We have mentioned all the possible solutions for this issue in this article.

I hope this article helps you to fix the issue for which you are reading this article.

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