Why is the Light on my Nespresso Machine Blinking Orange?

Nespresso is a brilliantly-designed range of appliances, offering a variety of styles and use cases. They are designed with efficiency in mind to make your morning routine easier. So picture getting ready for your first cup of the day, and then something unexpected happens: the light on your Nespresso is blinking orange. What gives? Why is the light on my Nespresso machine?

This orange light can indicate that something needs to be addressed, but being half-asleep and not caffeinated is not the optimal time to process this information. What could possibly be wrong with the Nespresso machine?

When the light is blinking orange, it can mean a multitude of things. Luckily, this is a pretty common situation – and today we’ll go over the meaning behind the light, as well as how to properly troubleshoot the issues.

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Why is the Light on my Nespresso Machine Blinking Orange?

Nespresso coffee machines use flashing lights of different colors to tell the user what’s going on. Is it heating up? Need descaling? is there a fault or error?

In fact, the sequence of orange blinks is resigned to tell the user what exactly is the fault. The exact error message varies from machine to machine, but from the Nespresso we can summarise that a blinking orange light is due to the following:

  1. Water Pressure
  2. Overheating
  3. Blocked Nozzle
  4. Blocked Water Tank

Determining Your Model of Nespresso

The blinking light indicator may differ depending on the model of Nespresso you have. Currently, there are several models of Nespresso available.

The currently available models of Nespresso are as follows:

  • VertuoPlus
  • Vertuo Next
  • Evoluo
  • Vertuo
  • Creatista Pro
  • Creatista Plus
  • Lattissima One
  • Lattissima Pro
  • Gran Lattissima
  • Citiz
  • Essenza Mini
  • Pixie

Because of this wide range of options, it may seem overwhelming to know where to begin. To know which specific model you own, Nespresso has conveniently listed all of the models on their website[2]. Now that you have double-checked the website, the issue can be narrowed down to your specific model.

🟧 Trobuleshooting: The Light Is Solid Orange:

If the light is solidly illumianted orange it’s tell us there is a fault with the machine or operation.

Reason 1. Overheating

Second, the machine may simply be overheated. The only real way to stop the machine from overheating is to allow it time to cool down. Unplug the device, take out the water tank, and give it some time. Attempting to make a cup too soon will make the overheating issue persist—so give it about a half an hour before trying again.

✴️ Troubleshooting: The Light Is Blicking Orange

If the light is flashing or blinking orange it means the machine is trying to do something, but having trouble doing so. This could be due to a blockage or failed component.

Reason 1. Water Pressure

The first issue requires the use of a screwdriver[3]. If the pressure of the water is too low, Nespresso will blink its orange light, and will not make any espresso—and the blinking light will stop when you try to make a cup. To fix this, ensure that the Nespresso machine is unplugged. Next, take out the water tank and change the pressure using your screwdriver. Make sure the water tank is full, then place it back on the machine.

Reason 2. Blocked Nozzle

Another issue that happens is when coffee grinds get lodged into the Nespresso, causing the machine to get stuck. Like the previous troubleshooting steps, unplug the Nespresso and take out the water tank. Check the funnel to see if there is any buildup of coffee grinds, then remove the buildup from the machine.

Reason 3. Blocked Water Tank

The last of the most common issues is that the water tank is blocked by residue or other buildups. Unplug the Nespresso before attending to this issue, to ensure safety. Next, take the water tank off the Nespresso machine. Empty the water tank, and thoroughly rinse it. Next, clean up the slot where the water tank is inserted, as this may have gotten debris stuck inside. Once both are cleaned, allow the Nespresso and the tank to dry.

Further Troubleshooting

If these common issues do not apply and the light is still blinking, your Nespresso may need to be sent in for services. In order to request repair service for your Nespresso, there is a convenient web page for starting the process[4]. On the official Nespresso service page, there are also other frequently asked questions & answers.

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