My Nespresso Vertuo Is Making Loud Noise (Solved!)

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jorian

Nespresso Vertuo machines usually make some noise when brewing coffee. This is normal and is caused by the high-pressure pump and the spinning of the capsule holder.

But, if your Nespresso machine starts getting louder and louder, there might be a problem with it.

In this guide, I will show you various methods to reduce the noise coming from your Nespresso machine.

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

Excessive noise from your Nespresso Vertuo when brewing could be due to a dirty or faulty ball bearing, a stuck coffee dispenser disk, or clogged internal tubes. Fix these issues through cleaning or replacement, or by forcing water through the tubes.

Additionally, regular descaling, placing the machine on a soft surface, ensuring all components are correctly fitted, and using only Nespresso pods can help reduce noise.

Let’s dive deeper into these solutions below!

Nespresso Vertuo Making Loud Noise

The Ball Bearing Needs To Be Changed

Over time your Nespresso machine can become loud and noisy. One of the primary reasons behind this can be the machine’s ball bearing needs to be cleaned or replaced.

If you’re good at fixing things, it’s not too difficult to take apart the Nespresso machine and change the bearing on your own.

Remember, if you open your Nespresso machine by yourself, it could cancel your warranty. So, check if your warranty period has ended before you try to fix it yourself.

If your warranty is still valid, it’s better to get in touch with Nespresso’s customer service. They will likely fix it for you or give you a new machine.

You can get the right replacement bearing from Amazon. For the step-by-step process, please refer to the video below:

The Coffee Dispenser Disk Is Stuck

Another possible reason for the loud sound could be a stuck disk inside the lid.

Your Nespresso Vertuo machine has two parts that need to move freely. One is the capsule holder, which should rotate and go up and down easily. The other is a disk in the handle, which punctures the Nespresso capsule and lets the water flow out. This disk also needs to spin freely.

If you’ve been using your Nespresso Vertuo for a while, this disk might get stuck or hard to turn due to the build-up of coffee residue or limescale. This can result in grinding noise when brewing a cup.

Here’s how to fix it:

First, make sure your machine is unplugged. Then, open up the handle of the machine. Use a small brush and apply some vinegar to it. Leave the vinegar on for a few minutes. After that, rinse it off with water.

For better reach, you can remove the water tanks and lay the machine on its side. Once you’ve done all of this, the disk should be able to spin freely again.

Getting the disk unstuck can also fix the clicking noise and white light blinking two times problem.

the disk that can get stuck and result in extra noise

The Tubes Inside The Coffee Maker Are Clogged

Not only can the disk get jammed if you’ve been using your Vertuo for a while and you haven’t consistently descaled the coffee maker. The tubing in the Vertuo can also become clogged with mineral deposits.

Or an air bubble can get stuck in it if you pressed the brew button when there was not enough water in the reservoir. This can lead to your Nespresso not pumping water properly and it making more buzzing noise than usual.

Here’s how you can fix this:

  1. Fill half of the water tank.
  2. Use a tool like a turkey baster to take some water from the tank and apply it to the water suction port. You could also use a straw or syringe.
  3. Press the brew button and as the coffee maker is working, forcefully squirt the water in.


  1. Remove the water tanks.
  2. Attach a tube to the water suction port. It should fit well.
  3. Fill the tube with water and then blow into it from the other end. This can also help to unclog the tubes.

Another Way To Clear The Blockage Or Air Bubble

If trying to unclog the machine from the outside didn’t work, you can also attempt to clear the tubes from inside the machine.

Firstly, ensure the Vertuo is unplugged and remove the water tanks. Then, put the machine on its side and unscrew the nine screws at the bottom to remove the base.

After opening it, you’ll see a cable and a small clear tube that is connected to the water suction port where the tank connects. Disconnect this clear tube from the black water suction port’s outlet.

You’ll want to do the same thing with this tube. Take the syringe or turkey baster again and squirt water in it a couple of times.

Reducing The Noise Of Your Nespresso Vertuo

The suggestions outlined above can be applied when your machine isn’t working properly or is defective. However, even if your machine is in top shape it might still make an annoying loud noise. The following measures can help you reduce this noise, even if your machine is not broken.

Descale 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.

Running a descale cycle with your Vertuo will make sure you get all the scales out that came loose when you pumped water into the tubes.

Keep in mind the red/yellow light will indicate when your Nespresso needs descaling. However, you don’t necessarily have to wait for this light to come on before you initiate a descaling cycle.

Here is a video on how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo:

Place Your Nespresso Vertuo On A Soft 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.

These vibrations can amplify noise when transmitted to hard surfaces. The soft material acts like a shock absorber, reducing the amount of vibration passed onto the surface, hence making the machine quieter.

Alternatively, the cup might be the culprit. The machine’s vibration can cause the cup to resonate, especially if it’s touching the machine. A silicone or rubber mat under the cup can help absorb vibrations.

However, it won’t completely eliminate the noise.

Make Sure All The Components Are Seated Properly

The noise could be due to how the water tank fits into place. Make sure it is securely fitted, and avoid running the machine when it’s close to empty, as this can cause additional noise.

The same for the drip tray, the pod holder, and the capsule bin inside the machine. Make sure they’re also properly in place.

Don’t Use Different Brand Pods

Using non-standard or third-party pods in your Nespresso machine can lead to issues such as excessive noise and mechanical strain.

These pods may not conform to the size, shape, or weight specifications of Nespresso’s original capsules, leading to potential damage or the lid getting stuck.

Furthermore, these pods may not withstand the high pressure and heat levels of the machine, causing deformation and inconsistent brewing.

Sometimes, your Nespresso machine might have difficulty recognizing the barcodes on third-party capsules. This can become quite frustrating, as you’re then required to remove and reinsert the capsule, hoping that it will be correctly read this time.

To ensure your machine’s longevity, performance, and quiet operation, it’s recommended to stick to original Nespresso pods.

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!