There are different series of DeLonghi coffee preparing automates. Look on the serial plate, mostly on the bottom. The ESAM family identifier starts either ESAM 3xxx, ESAM 5xxx or ESAM 6xxx.

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My Delonghi 3300 is not making espresso.

When i push the button to make espresso on my 3 year old Delonghi 3300, water sometimes comes out of the frothing wand instead of espresso. It does not do this all the time, just periodically. I have checked hoses for blockage and replaced O rings.

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Thank you for your response. I spoke to someone who told me how to determine the number of espresso shots that the machine has made. Mine is over 27,000. In addition, with the machine off he had me open the front door, take out the brewer unit and look at the yellow cylinder at top right. This had water in it, which I guess is not good.

Based on number of shots made and repairs needed I ordered a new machine. I'm now on my 3d Magnifica.


27000 in three years - not bad!

Yes, the yellow cylinder is what I called upper piston, and yes it seems to be the reason oft your issue. Give it a try, open it, its not too difficult. Use this site

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Google translate ( or I) will help you.


So I decided to just buy another Delonghi 3300. I noticed I have a small pile of grounds inside the machine between the infuser and container that collects the used pods. Why and is this something I should have looked at?


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Hmm. I see two possibilities: (1) a common issue with this device is a clogged ( Calcium) upper piston. The standard decalcification does not reach it. Fill a good decalcification fluid in the waterreservoir. Press both buttons for cleaning and grindet coffee at least for 3 seconds. The esam starts with a cleaning program which also reaches the piston. (2) Perhaps you have to change the valve for steam/hot water.

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