How to Fix Nespresso Machine Blinking Orange Light or Red Light? Easy Way

If you have a blinking orange light or Red light on your Nespresso machine, it usually means that the machine needs to be repaired. If it’s flashing red, it will beep every couple of seconds and not make any coffee! We’ll cover how toet reset your machine in the event of an overheating issue, how to turn off the flashing orange light, and how to fix the flashing red light.

Troubleshooting Part 1: Problem: No power on

If your machine is not turning on, this is the most common issue. Try plugging it in and powering it up for a few minutes. If that doesn’t work, make sure that the voltage switch on the back of the machine (if there is one) is set to 220 volts. Also, look at your cord and make sure you have it connected firmly in place all the way through. Then try plugging it in again.

Troubleshooting Part 2: Problem: After pressing the power button, blinking orange light.

If your coffee machine has a blinking orange light, this is typically a power issue. This will usually only happen after the power has been unplugged and plugged back in. The first thing you should do is plug it back in and turn it on again by pressing the power button once.

If you’re still getting the blinking orange light, hold down the power button for 10 seconds. Once released, wait 30 seconds and then press the power button again. If the blinking orange light appears to have gone away, then your coffee maker’s power cord may need to be replaced.

Troubleshooting Part 3: Problem: After pressing the power button, red flashing

Often, the machine can not finish its heating process, then restart it a few minutes later, and it is solved. The two most common causes for this are:

The plastic tubes that connect the bottom of the machine with the coffee capsule holder have lost their shape. The top of the tube is no longer held snugly by both contacts. This can cause water to get under pressure when powering up the unit, which may lead to water leaking out of these tubes.

What happens if you press the power button again when blinking orange or red?

Pressing the power button again usually just results in a long blink of the orange or red lights on your machine. If this happens, it is possible that you need to reset your machine.

To do this, place a cup under the opening at the top of your machine, then unplug it and wait 30 seconds before plugging back in and turning it on. Once plugged back in, turn it on by pressing the power button once more and wait for the orange light (or blue, if the model has a touch display) to appear.

How do I reboot my Nespresso Machine after the blinking orange/red lights issue?

If your machine has an orange blinking light, you have water that is too hot. Fix this by removing the water tank and then following these steps: Disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet. Wait one minute.

Reconnect the power cord and turn the machine on. If the red blinking is not fixed after three attempts, please contact customer service for more help. The cause of the issue could be because of any number of things, including a loose wire in the coffee grinder, a clogged milk spout, a capsule jam in the brewing unit, or a leaky water reservoir. These are all issues that can be easily repaired with some tools found around the house.

If your machine continues to show a red light when plugged in without turning on or cycling through all its functions when you press a button, please contact customer service as soon as possible so they can replace it before it fails completely.

Important points before contacting customer service

Common issues are clogged up frother, empty water tank, and machine not turned on. Here are the solutions for each:

  • Empty water tank: Turn off your Nespresso machine, then fill it with fresh cold water. Leave it be for 5 minutes before powering it back on. If you still have no luck, try filling the tank again with a slightly hotter temperature (not boiling).
  • Clogged up frother: Check that there is no old milk residue on the outer surface of the container lid by using a wet cloth. If there is any residue inside the frother, use a paper clip to dislodge any lumps. You can also make sure to run the clean cycle once in a while to get rid of any stubborn stains.
  • Machine not turned on: Make sure that your Nespresso machine is plugged in, press the Start button and wait 10 seconds before turning it off. Also, make sure the power outlet is working properly by plugging something else into it first.

Test this out by plugging in a lamp or an alarm clock. If these devices work, then the power outlet is functioning properly, and the problem could be either with your Nespresso machine’s cord or its switch. The cord could have been damaged from overuse, so try unplugging it from both ends and replace it if necessary.

The switch could also be defective, so check for any cracks on its surface and replace it if necessary.

  • Plug in another device to see if the power source is working correctly
  • Replace the cord if overused


What does the blinking orange light mean?

The first time the machine flashes an orange light, it means that the water tank needs to be filled. The second time, it means that the water tank is full. The third time, it means that either the capsule holder is full or you have put a capsule in the machine incorrectly.

The fourth time is when there is no capsule inserted, and none of the lights are on. The fifth time is when your machine is malfunctioning, and all lights are off with no blinking for five seconds. It can also mean that the coffee powder was not placed correctly, or you haven’t installed the water tank correctly.

The sixth time is when your machine has low power, so it flashes red three times and then blinks blue four times before turning off. To fix this problem, unplug the Nespresso machine and plug it back in. If this doesn’t work, replace the batteries with new ones.

What does the red blinking light mean on my Nespresso machine?

There are a few different things that might cause your Nespresso machine to blink red. The most common is that the capsule container door is not closed properly. For this, you can either push it shut manually or turn off the machine and then restart it, which should help.

If the door remains open while you’re using your machine, that could be a sign of other problems as well, so make sure to keep an eye on it and bring your Nespresso machine in for service if needed.

The blinking orange light indicates that there’s something wrong with the water flow sensor.

This sensor tells the coffee maker when enough water has been dispensed for espresso preparation. When this sensor malfunctions, you will see an orange light flash continuously when turning on the coffee maker to brew espresso drinks. Check if the seal around the battery cover is broken. If so, get a new seal kit and follow the instructions on how to install them.

Check if you have enough water in the tank; make sure it’s close to full but not overfilled, as it will cause leaking or spitting. Make sure your capsules are securely screwed into place by pushing them up as far as they go while ensuring they’re aligned properly against both walls of the slot where they sit and making sure they aren’t too high or too low inside the machine’s holders.

How do I fix this issue?

There are a variety of reasons your machine may blink orange or red, ranging from the container being too full to water in the machine being too low. Before doing anything, try to ensure that you have enough water in the machine for it to function properly. You should see the alarm go off and turn either green, if not fixed, or red once it is fixed.

If you continue to see the alarm flashing orange or red, please reach out to customer service so they can help determine what might be causing this issue.

It’s possible there’s just one coffee pod left, and some liquid has been drawn out of that pod since you put it in. That would explain why nothing happens when trying to brew with no coffee pods present; however, it wouldn’t explain why the LED light blinks.

The only other cause could be a general problem with your machine itself. In fact, many blinking-light issues are known to originate within one of two areas: power supply or pump control module (PCM). Because these components lie within two different mechanical parts of your device, one likely lying above and beyond easy access (namely PCM), we recommend reaching out to Nespresso support before attempting any sort of disassembly yourself.


A blinking orange light is the error code for a faulty brew unit. It may need cleaning, rinsing, and drying correctly or replacing. Fixing it could be as simple as unplugging it, running some hot water through it, plugging it back in, and waiting while it heats up.

All you need is hot water and a paper towel. If the blinking red light appears, there’s either something wrong with the brew unit or the coffee capsules themselves. In that case, check the brewing temperature and make sure all other features are operating correctly first before ordering new capsules.

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