Breville Barista Express Steam Wand Spitting Water: Causes and Fixes

Just bought a shiny new Breville Barista Express, only to find the steam wand spitting water all over your kitchen? You’re not alone. Here’s a look into why this happens and how to fix it.

First off, it’s normal for the Breville Barista Express steam wand to release water for a few seconds before turning into steam. If it doesn’t convert to steam, or keeps spitting water, there might be other issues at play.

The most common reason is a damaged water reservoir. Over time, the plastic fittings in the tank can stretch and lead to leaks, especially if you frequently remove and replace the tank. Make sure your water tank is properly seated and inspect it for damage.

Another culprit could be the drip tray. This tray collects excess water from the machine and can overflow, appearing as if the machine is leaking from the front.

Next, the steam wand itself might be dirty. Coffee particles and milk residue can clog up the wand, causing it to spit water. It’s crucial to keep the steam wand, portafilter, and group head clean, flushing them regularly. A deep clean every 4-5 months is also recommended.

Damaged internal components can also be to blame. The water tank, portafilter, or pressure hose might be damaged or clogged, leading to leaks. A burst water tank can cause puddles behind the machine, while a clogged or cracked hose can result in water and coffee leaks.

To fix these issues, start by descaling your machine with Breville Descaling Tablets every 2-3 months to remove coffee oils, debris, and limescale buildup.

If the water tank is punctured, you can try patching it with industrial tape, but a replacement may be necessary if the leak persists. Contact Breville support if you need a new tank.

Thoroughly cleaning the steam wand is essential. Don’t just clean the tip; disassemble and clean the pressure cabin and fitting. Using a cleaner like Urnex Rinza can help ensure a deep clean.

If the steam wand gasket is damaged, it needs replacing. This part can be unscrewed and swapped out with a new one. Again, contacting Breville support may be necessary for parts and guidance.

Lastly, if the nozzle is clogged, it can affect the steam wand’s performance. Reset the machine’s grind settings and clean the nozzle with a fine needle to remove any blockages.

Dealing with a Breville Barista Express steam wand that spits water can be frustrating, but most issues can be resolved with thorough cleaning and maintenance. For persistent problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to Breville support for help.

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