Nespresso Vertuo Blinking White Light (Solved!)


Encountering a blinking white light on your Nespresso Vertuo, especially when it’s not brewing, can be puzzling. Understanding its signals can quickly get you back to your coffee ritual.

This guide unpacks the light sequences, potential issues, and offers step-by-step solutions to ensure your machine operates smoothly.

How To Fix A Blinking White Light On A Nespresso Vertuo?

Normal white light sequences include gradual dim to bright indicating the machine is heating up, a steady bright light showing it’s ready to brew, blinking every second during brewing, and quick blinks signaling a software update.

For troubleshooting, press the brew button. If the light persists, hold for 10 seconds and wait a minute to enter and exit the descale mode. This can quickly reset the machine.

If it keeps blinking, Do a full reset by unplugging the Nespresso and following a sequence of button presses. Clean any stuck disk in the lid with vinegar. If issues persist, consider descaling or contacting Nespresso Customer Support.

Let’s dive into some more detail on how to do this below!

Nespresso vertuo Flashing White Light

Normal Functioning White Lights

Usually, the white light blinking in different ways is normal and doesn’t mean your machine is broken. Each blinking pattern shows a different function.

Here are the normal white light sequences for the Nespresso Vertuo Next:

  • When the white light gradually increases from dim to bright in about a second and then turns off, repeating this pattern, the machine is heating up.
  • When the white light stays solid, the Nespresso machine is ready. It’s heated up and you can make coffee.
  • When the white light blinks on and off every second, the machine is preparing and brewing coffee.
  • When the light blinks quickly, turning on and off every half second, the machine is updating its software.

Blinking White Light And Not Working

At times, the Nespresso might display one of these typical white light patterns, but the machine may not work and appears to be frozen in that mode.

If this occurs, there are several solutions you can attempt:

Reset Your Nespresso Machine

First, press the brew button once. If the light continues, hold the button for 10 seconds, then wait for a minute.

This makes the machine go into descaling mode and then exit it again after a minute. This might help restart the machine.

If the white light remains, a software update might have failed, and the machine needs a complete reset.

Try the following steps:

  1. Open the machine by lifting its handle and let the capsule inside eject.
  2. Unplug the machine.
  3. Close the machine by lowering the handle.
  4. Plug it back in.
  5. Press the power button. Keep pressing until the light stops blinking.
  6. When the light is steady, release the button. Wait 35 seconds.
  7. After 35 seconds, quickly press the button 5 times.
  8. The light should blink slowly. In about 15 seconds, it should remain steady. If so, the machine is reset.

It’s important to note that you might need to go through these steps more than once to get it right.

Make sure to follow the timing instructions carefully, particularly the waiting period and the quick button presses.

The Coffee Dispenser Disk In The Lid Is Stuck

A stuck disk in your Nespresso can cause various light errors. Correcting this disk issue can help resolve the blinking orange light, the blue light problem, and occasionally the white light issue.

There are two crucial moving parts in your Nespresso:

  1. The coffee capsule holder, which should rotate and move up and down.
  2. The disk in the handle, which pierces coffee capsules. It should spin freely.

Over time, the disk might get jammed due to coffee residue or limescale, leading to the blinking orange light error.

To fix this:

Turn off and unplug your machine and open the handle. Then, Apply vinegar to the disk using a small brush. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with water.

For easier access to the disk, remove the water tanks and lay the machine on its side. After this, the disk should move freely.

Addressing this issue can also reduce any clicking noises from your Nespresso machine.

the disk that can get stuck
The disk may appear a bit different for the Plus and Next models, but the same main idea is relevant for both.

The Nespresso Vertuo Needs To Be Descaled

If you’ve tried all the suggested solutions and your Vertuo’s white light is still flashing without brewing, then descaling and cleaning might be the next step.

By running a descale cycle, you ensure that any scales that might have loosened up when water passed through the tubes are thoroughly removed.

Although the Nespresso has a red/yellow ring light to indicate when it needs descaling, you don’t have to strictly wait for this signal.

Initiating a descaling cycle can potentially rectify the issue of a persistently blinking white light, even if the red/yellow indicator hasn’t come on.

For a detailed tutorial on how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo, check out the provided video tutorial:

The Last Thing You Could Try

As a final option, reach out to Nespresso Customer Support. Inform them that your Nespresso Vertuo displays a flashing white light and isn’t brewing.

If your machine is under warranty, they often offer a replacement. If not, they typically provide a substantial discount on a new machine.


The blinking white light on your Nespresso Vertuo serves as a communication tool, signaling various machine states and potential issues.

By understanding these signals and following the recommended troubleshooting steps, you can ensure that your coffee-making experience remains seamless and enjoyable.

When in doubt, reaching out to Nespresso Customer Support can be an invaluable step in resolving more complex challenges.

Thanks for reading!