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Nespresso Orange Light (5 Working DIY Fixes!)

If you just bought your Nespresso machine or have been using it for a while now, it could sometimes give you a blinking or flashing orange light when you put in the capsule, lock the lid, and try to brew it. Sometimes, it even makes the noise as if it’ll brew the cup but the hot esteeming liquid just doesn’t pour out.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it’s nothing to worry about (unlike the red ring of death) you can try a few quick fixes before you decide to call the Nespresso helpline for assistance. In most cases, they might not be able to help you as through my personal experience, they don’t really know much about the quick fixes you can try before seeking professional help.

In this post, we’ll take a look at what causes this error and what are some of the quick fixes (DIY) that you can try and resolve this issue for good. We’ll cover the fixes for the Nespresso Vertuo Plus (Next and Evoluo); however, you can try these on other models as well but make sure you read the instructions manual first before trying them out.

What Does A Blinking Orange Light Indicate?

As per the information available on Nespresso’s official website, it means the machine is functioning in a special mode. The only fixes they mention are descaling your Nespresso machine, running a cleaning cycle, emptying the system, and resetting to factory settings. Despite trying all these fixes, you might still see the problem like many other people.

It’s good to try the official fixes first, but chances are these might not work as most people end up calling the Nespresso Customer support which is the next step mentioned on the website. So what should you do? Well, the fixes are so easy, that you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of the solutions.

Without wasting time, let’s get to the fixes.

1.      Locking the Container (lid) Properly

When you pop in the Nespresso pod and close the lid, make sure you don’t push the lid all the way down with force, just let it be in the unlock position and lock it in that position. It’ll automatically push down a lid a little more but this time, it’ll brew the espresso.

Why does this work, or what causes this problem, it’s difficult to say exactly, one possibility is that when you are using refillable pods, you tend to fill them to the maximum capacity. This does not give the machine enough room to puncture the pods and create the required pressure to produce the esteeming cup of Joe.

However, these are just theories, all I know is that this fix has worked for many people in the past and you should definitely give it a try. The next time you close the lid, don’t push it down completely let it be at the unlock position and then lock it without pushing it, this will create sufficient room and the machine should work.

2.      Unclog The Internal Rotator

If this sounds too technical, trust me, it isn’t at all really. Just open the lid and remove the capsule. Underneath the lid, you’ll notice a steel fan-like structure, it’s called the internal rotator. Sometimes, it gets stuck in one position and when you try to brew your coffee, it gives off that flashing orange light.

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Next, take a piece of cloth or tissue and dip it in warm water, then clean the internal rotator underneath the lid. You’ll notice wet coffee coming off of it. Even if it’s clean just try to give it a few rotations with your hands manually and try brewing a cup, it should work fine this time.

Make sure you unplug the machine and remove the water tanker, glass container and any other item that you think can come off the machine just for safety purposes.

Try to combine it with step one just to double-check the issue and make it work. If it still doesn’t work, don’t worry, there are more tricks up my sleeve.

3.      The Factory Reset

This is another fix you should try to stop that orange light from flashing in your face. To do this, remove any capsules from the machine and close the lid, lock it, and press the power button at the top 5 times (ideally within 3 seconds). This will trigger the factory reset and the orange light will start flashing about 5 times before it becomes a steady white light.

Insert a new pod and try brewing a cup of coffee, it should work fine now.

4.      The Cool Off

The orange light sometimes also indicates overheating of the machine. If this is the case, you should unplug the machine and let it be for at least 40-50 minutes. Plug it in again and try to brew a cup of coffee, hopefully, it’ll fix the issue.

If this fix doesn’t work either, then you should try descaling your machine and/or run a cleaning cycle. These are covered in separate blog posts.

5.      Customer Support

If none of the above worked for you, it’s time to call the Nespresso customer support. Their support is excellent, however, sometimes you might get an agent who is not very friendly to your requests, in that case, just hang up and try calling them again, and hopefully, the next person you get will be more helpful to you.

I’ve seen people getting their machines replaced if those are covered under warranty. Some even got an upgraded model of their machines, so if you are lucky, you might also be among them.

The Constant Orange Light

If your Nespresso machine blinked red twice and shows a steady orange light, don’t worry, it means your machine is in the special functions menu. Just read your instructions manual and see how to exit the special functions menu. Hopefully, the factory reset mentioned in this post above should resolve the issue for you.

Final Words

I hope this post was helpful in resolving your Nespresso orange light issue. Let me know in the comments below if any of these DIY fixes worked well for you. If you have helpful knowledge to share about Nespresso orange light, share it with me in the comments below and I’ll try to incorporate that knowledge by updating this post.

Have a great day ahead!

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