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Nespresso Only Water Coming Out – How To Fix

Nespresso Troubleshooting Aug 21, 2023

This is an issue that often happens with Nespresso OriginalLine or Nespresso Vertuo machines:

You put in a coffee capsules, press the brew button, but only water comes out and no coffee is brewing.

The main reason Nespresso only pours out water instead of coffee is because the Nespresso pod is not being punctured correctly.

In this post, I will help you through possible reasons why only water is coming out of Nespresso machine and how you can fix it.

Nespresso Vertuo – Only Water Coming Out

Nespresso Only Water Coming Out - How To Fix

With Nespresso Vertuo, you place the pod with the foil lid facing up. A rotating part with needle is placed above it on the Nespresso Vertuo lid. When you close and lock the machine’s lid, it punctured the pod and the rotated helps rotate and saturate the pod with water.

Why This Nespresso Problem Happening

Possible reasons your Nespresso Vertuo is only pouring out water is:

1- The pod is not being punctured

2- Motor Failure

Let’s look at each of these issues and how to fix them.

Nespresso Pod Is Not Being Punctured

Nespresso Only Water Coming Out - How To Fix
what punctured Nespresso pods should look like

There’s an easy way to identify this issue. Simply lift the lid up and let the pod eject, have a look at the top of the pod. Do you see any signs of it being punctured? You should find several holes on the foil lid of the Nespresso pod.

In Nespresso Vertuo, usually two problems lead to Nespresso Vertuo pods not being punctured:

The needle/rotator part on the lid is stuck

On the top lid of your Nespresso Vertuo, try to move and rotate the spinning part that helps the pod rotate. If it’s not spinning freely, then that’s your issue.

Make sure that you clean it using a Q-Tip or a damp cloth. Any dry coffee residue around it could cause it to get stuck.

Low Water Flow

One of the main reasons water does not flow correctly, and therefore, does not pump enough water through the coffee pod is because of an air bubble, or what’s known as ‘Nespresso Airlock issue‘. This happens especially if the Nespresso machine has not been used for a while.

To fix an Airlock problem in Nespresso Vertuo, you’ll want to run a cleaning cycle for several times, until the machine regains its normal flow.

While doing this, your Nespresso machine might make loud noises, which is fine. Keep running that cleaning cycle for as long as needed and the machine will work again eventually.

Nespresso Motor Failure

This is a dreaded problem because it’s not an easy fix.

If your Nespresso machine is exceptionally loud while trying to brew, yet only water is coming out. And if you have tried following the solutions above to eliminate any pod puncturing problems, then this could mean that you have a failing Nespresso motor on your hand.

A failing motor fails to provide enough force of water to brew the coffee. The loud noise of the motor should help you identify this problem.

If your Nespresso machine is still under warranty, all you have to do is give your local Nespresso customer service a call and they’ll provide you with instructions on how you can get your machine fixed or replaced. If it’s no longer under warranty, they’ll give you an estimate of how much it can cost to fix it.

Nespresso OriginalLine – Only Water Coming Out

When it comes to Nespresso OriginalLine (Nespresso Essenza Mini, Pixie, Citiz…) the same issue of only water coming out can happen for the same reasons.

Nespresso OriginalLine Pod Not Being Punctured

The placement of Nespresso OriginalLine pod is different to Nespresso Vertuo. The pod is placed with the foil facing front, and if you force them in strongly, there’s a possibility that they could fall into the used capsule bin (without actually being used).

So, to start, you’ll want to make sure that your pods are actually being punctured and not falling.

To do that, place the pod in. Close the lid and check the used capsule bin. Is there a pod with no punctured holes in it?

You can check my full guide on Nespresso not puncturing pods and how you can fix it.

Nespresso OriginalLine Clogged Needles


The needles on the Nespresso OriginalLine machines are kind of hidden inside. If you’re not periodically running a cleaning cycle on your Nespresso machine, it could easily get clogged which obstructs water flow and you can get watered down coffee due to slow water flow.

Using a small brush ( a toothbrush should work), gently brush the inside front of the machine, where the foil lid of the pod should be facing.

After, you’ll want to run several cleaning cycles to wash out the inside of the machine. Simply hit the lungo button, without any pod inside the machine, to run hot water through the system to flush out the machine. Do this several times until the water comes out clean and in full force.

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