If you own a Nespresso Vertuo Line model, chances are you might’ve encountered this issue. If you are wondering why is your Nespresso leaking water from the bottom, you are not alone! This is a common issue with some of the models and thankfully, there are a few quick fixes you can try to get your machine to work smoothly again.
Sometimes, your machine would be spitting grounds or giving out thick gooey coffee substance in the cup or simply leaking water from the bottom, try these quick fixes before you decide to call the Nespresso helpline and get it fixed. Usually, Nespresso machines come with a 2-year warranty, so if yours is still within warranty, you should call their helpline, chances are they might even offer you an upgrade.
To fix the issue, it is essential to understand why the machine is leaking water in the first place. I’ve seen some people even face this issue with their new machines. So if yours is doing the same, it’s not the end of the world and you can try the fixes given below.
Why Does A Nespresso Machine Leak?
In most cases, when you don’t clean your machine or descale it when it’s due (read a detailed article on the descaling process here), your machine starts acting up. Sometimes, it would leak water from the bottom or you’ll start seeing more coffee grounds in your brew.
If you are a regular coffee drinker and forget to clean your machine for more than six weeks, chances are you’ll have these kinds of issues with the machine. It’s just a small inconvenience and nothing big to worry about, but it does mess with your experience and you might want to fix it as soon as possible.
Is There A Difference If Your Nespresso Leaks Coffee or Water?
It’s mostly due to the same reasons, the first fix you always want to try in this scenario is to run a cleaning cycle. Make sure you remove the pod from your machine, fill the tank with clean water and run the cycle, you’ll notice that the water coming out would be murky. These are the impurities getting out of your coffee machine.
Repeat the cycle 2-3 times and try brewing a cup, and see if the issue is resolved. If it still doesn’t resolve let’s look at a few other fixes below.
Understanding Different Nespresso Models before Trying A Solution
The fixes I’m going to discuss in this post only apply to the Nespresso Vertuo Plus model. You can try similar solutions with other models but you should do so only after reading the manual properly. You don’t want to get caught up in the realm of the unknown with your coffee machine.
Some Fixes To Stop Nespresso Leaking Water From Bottom
Run A Cleaning Cycle
As mentioned above, this is the top-of-the-list solution you should try. If you haven’t been cleaning your machine every once a week, you should start off by cleaning it properly. Also, make sure you clean up the drip tray first and remove the gooey substance. Just wash it off and it’ll be clean. To run the cleaning cycle, just tap the button at the top 3 times and it’ll start the cycle.
In some cases, normal cleaning cycles won’t do any good as the dirt and muck and grime inside the machines clings onto them despite your best efforts. In such a scenario, you might want to use the toothbrush you clean up the insides of your machine.
This can be risky and Nespresso would never recommend it, but I’ve seen people try this and it has worked well for them.
If you are going through with it, just pick up a toothbrush (you can use your partner’s toothbrush if you want to get back at them), and pop open the head of your Nespresso, clean the area around the spot where you insert the pod and also underneath the head where the machine pierces your pod.
However, if your machine is still under warranty, don’t go through this hassle and simply call the helpline.
Pro Tip: Use hot water only and don’t use any detergents to clean your machine as this might affect the functioning of your machine. Also, repeat the cleaning cycle once you are done.
Descaling Your Nespresso Machine
If the above solutions don’t work well for you, the next thing you want to try is to descale your machine. I hope you have your descaling kit from Nespresso, but there are people who do it with white vinegar (I’ll write about this one in my next article).
The Plastic Part
In rare cases, the machine can develop an issue from the inside. There’s a plastic part (circular in shape) that needs replacement. Usually, you can’t attempt this type of fix at home as it requires dissembling your unit and replacing the part.
But if you want to give it your try since your machine is out of warranty and Nespresso is not replacing it or fixing the issue, you can watch this video tutorial about it.
If nothing seems to work for you, then the last option you have is to call the Nespresso customer support and ask for their help. In most cases, they’ll ask you to try a few quick fixes and if nothing works, they’ll ask you to ship the machine to them.
If you are lucky, they might even replace or upgrade your machine as Nespresso are great at customer support (subjective opinion here).
Nespresso Machine That Does Not Leak
Well, just like it’s impossible to find a perfect human being in this world, finding the perfect machine that doesn’t leak is also a long quest. However, as per my understanding and experience, this problem is mostly seen in the Vertuo Plus model or Vertuo Line models.
Occasionally, De’Longhi might also develop this error. So there’s no specific model that I can recommend that would guarantee that it won’t happen in the future.
If you’d still insist on my recommendation for a model that doesn’t leak, well, I’d say you should go for Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe. Now, there’s no guarantee here, but in this one, surely the issue of leaking water from the water has been blown out of proportion by people. I’ve seen people using this machine for years without any issues.
If you want to play it safe, just go with the Vertuo Plus Deluxe, it might cost you a few extra bucks but should deal with your issue for the good. Even if you develop a fault in this one, your warranty should cover it, and if it’s out of warranty, you can always try the fixes mentioned in this post.
This was all from my end about Nespresso leaking water from the bottom. If you liked this information, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below as I’d love to hear from you guys.
If you have any other solutions to help people with this problem, do let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post to fit in the info.
Thank you, have a great day!