My Nespresso Vertuo Is Making Loud Noise (Solved!)

Nespresso Vertuo machines typically make noise due to their high-pressure pump and rotating capsule holder. If the noise increases, it could signal a problem.

This guide will provide methods to reduce the noise from your Nespresso machine.

How To Fix A Nespresso Vertuo That Is Making Loud Noise?

  1. Clean or replace a dirty or faulty ball bearing.
  2. Unjam or clean a stuck coffee dispenser disk.
  3. Clear clogged internal tubes by flushing them with water.
  4. Regularly descale the machine.
  5. Place the machine on a soft, vibration-absorbing surface.
  6. Ensure all components are correctly fitted and installed.
  7. Use only official Nespresso pods to prevent noise and damage.

Let’s dive deeper into these solutions below!

Nespresso Vertuo Making Loud Noise

Replacing The Ball Bearing In Your Nespresso Machine

If your Nespresso machine starts making loud noises, it might be due to a dirty or faulty ball bearing. You can fix this by cleaning or replacing the bearing.

If you’re skilled at DIY repairs, you can disassemble your Nespresso machine to replace the bearing.

However, be aware that opening the machine yourself may void its warranty. Before proceeding, ensure that your warranty period has expired.

If your machine is still under warranty, it’s best to contact Nespresso customer service.

You can purchase the correct replacement bearing on Amazon. For detailed instructions, refer to the following video:

Fixing A Stuck Coffee Dispenser Disk In Your Nespresso Vertuo Machine

Loud noises from your Nespresso Vertuo machine could also be due to a stuck disk in the lid.

The machine has two key moving parts:

  • The capsule holder, which should rotate and move smoothly.
  • The disk in the handle. This disk punctures the Nespresso capsule, allowing water to flow. It needs to spin freely.

Over time, coffee residue or limescale can build up, causing this disk to get stuck or difficult to turn. This might lead to a grinding noise during brewing.

To fix this issue:

  1. Ensure the machine is unplugged.
  2. Open the handle of the machine.
  3. Use a small brush dipped in vinegar and gently apply it to the disk. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse the area with water.

For better access, you can remove the water tanks and place the machine on its side. After cleaning, the disk should spin freely, resolving any grinding noises and issues like the white light blinking twice.

the disk that can get stuck and result in extra noise

Clearing Clogged Tubes In Your Nespresso Vertuo Machine

Besides the risk of disk jamming due to not descaling your Nespresso Vertuo regularly, there’s another issue that can arise from the same cause: the buildup of mineral deposits. Over time, these deposits can clog the machine’s tubing.

Additionally, an air bubble can get stuck in your Vertuo if you press the brew button when there is not enough water in the reservoir.

This can lead to your Nespresso not pumping water properly and it making more buzzing noise than usual.

To fix this:

  1. Fill half of the water tank.
  2. Use a turkey baster, straw, or syringe to draw water from the tank.
  3. Place your tool of choice directly onto the water suction port.
  4. Press the brew button and, while the machine is operating, forcefully squirt water into the port.


  1. Remove the water tanks.
  2. Attach a tube to the water suction port, ensuring a snug fit.
  3. Fill the tube with water.
  4. Blow into the other end of the tube to help dislodge any clogs.

These methods should help to clear any blockages and restore proper water flow, reducing the buzzing noise.

Another Way To Clear The Blockage Or Air Bubble

If external unclogging methods didn’t work, try clearing the blockage from within the machine.

  1. Make sure the Vertuo is unplugged and remove the water tanks.
  2. Lay the machine on its side and unscrew the nine screws on the bottom to take off the base.
  3. Inside, you’ll find a cable and a small, clear tube attached to the water suction port.
  4. Detach this tube from the black outlet of the water suction port.
  5. Use a syringe or turkey baster to flush water through this tube a few times.

Reducing The Noise Of Your Nespresso Vertuo

If your machine is functioning correctly but still making loud noises, the following steps can help reduce this noise, even when there are no defects.

Descaling Your Nespresso Vertuo

If you have tried all the other fixes and you’re still waiting for the new bearing to arrive in the mail. Then descaling and cleaning your Vertuo is always a good idea.

Performing a descale cycle on your Vertuo helps remove any scale that may have loosened when you were pumping water through the tubes.

Keep in mind your Nespresso will signal with a red/yellow light when it’s time for descaling. However, you don’t need to wait for this light to initiate a descale cycle.

For guidance on how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo, watch this instructional video:

Reducing Noise By Changing The Nespresso Vertuo’s Surface

Placing a Nespresso Vertuo on a soft surface like a paper towel or a piece of cloth helps to absorb the vibrations from its internal components, like the motor and pump.

Vibrations are often louder on hard surfaces. A soft material acts as a shock absorber, reducing vibration transmission and thus, lowering noise levels.

Another noise source could be the cup. Vibrations from the machine may cause the cup to resonate, especially if it’s in contact with the machine.

Placing a silicone or rubber mat under the cup can help absorb these vibrations.

However, note that these measures may not completely eliminate the noise.

Make Sure All The Components Are Seated Properly

The noise issue might stem from the positioning of the water tank. Ensure it’s securely in place.

Also, avoid using the machine when the water tank is nearly empty, as it can lead to extra noise and air bubbles in the tubes.

Similarly, check the drip tray, pod holder, and capsule bin inside the machine. Confirm that each of these components is correctly and firmly seated.

Don’t Use Different Brand Pods

Using third-party or non-standard pods in your Nespresso machine can cause problems like excessive noise and mechanical stress.

These pods might not match Nespresso’s original capsules in size, shape, or weight, which can lead to damage or the machine’s lid becoming stuck.

Also, they may not be able to withstand the machine’s high pressure and heat, resulting in deformation and uneven brewing.

Additionally, your Nespresso may struggle to read the barcodes on these third-party capsules. This can be frustrating as you might have to repeatedly remove and reinsert the capsule to get it recognized.

For the best performance, longevity, and quieter operation of your machine, it is advisable to use original Nespresso pods.

image of An original Nespresso Vertuo capsule


Addressing your Nespresso Vertuo’s noise problem can make a significant difference to your coffee routine. Key solutions include regular upkeep, changing a faulty ball bearing, unjamming the coffee dispenser disk, and unclogging the machine’s tubes.

Remember to frequently descale, ensure all parts are correctly assembled, and use genuine Nespresso pods for optimal results.

Should your machine still be within warranty, consider seeking help from Nespresso’s customer service.

Thanks for reading!