Nespresso Vertuo Not Pumping Water (VertuoLine, Next & Plus)


There could be a few different causes why your Nespresso Vertuo is not pumping water.

In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to fix it.

How To Fix No Water Coming Out of My Nespresso Vertuo?

The main reason your Nespresso Vertuo might not pump water is usually a blockage or air bubble in the tubing. To fix this, use a syringe or turkey baster to squirt water into the water suction port in the water reservoir.

Another possible cause is a stuck disk in the handle. Clean this disk with a brush and vinegar to loosen it.

Nespresso Vertuo not pumping water

The Disk In The Coffee Dispenser Is Stuck

In your Nespresso Vertuo machine, there are two parts that should move freely:

  • The capsule container: This part holds the coffee capsule and should be able to rotate and move up and down a bit.
  • The disk in the handle: This is on the opposite side of the capsule container. It pierces the coffee capsule and lets water flow through. This disk should also rotate easily.

Over time, especially if you’ve used your machine a lot, the disk can become stuck or hard to turn. This is usually because of scale (mineral buildup) and old coffee residue.

Here’s how to fix it:

  1. Unplug your coffee machine.
  2. Open the handle to access the disk.
  3. Use a small brush with some vinegar to clean the disk.
  4. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes to break down the residue.
  5. Rinse the disk with water.

For better access to the disk, you can remove the water tanks and gently turn the machine on its side.

After these steps, the disk should rotate freely again.

Besides causing your Nespresso Vertuo to stop pumping water, a stuck disk can also lead to different light errors. Fixing the disk problem can help solve issues like the blinking orange light, the blue light problem, and sometimes the white light issue.

photo showing the disk that can get stuck

The Tubes Inside The Coffee Maker Are Clogged

Apart from the disk getting stuck, your Nespresso Vertuo might have other issues if not descaled regularly, such as clogged tubing due to mineral deposits, or air bubbles if you pressed the brew button when the water reservoir was low.

Here’s how to fix these issues:

  • Fill the water tank halfway.
  • Use a turkey baster, straw, or syringe to draw some water from the tank.
  • Attach it to the water suction port in the tank.
  • While pressing the brew button, firmly squirt the water into the suction port. Do this as the machine tries to brew a cup.

Another Method:

  • Remove the water tanks.
  • Attach a tube to the water suction port (ensure a snug fit).
  • Fill the tube with water.
  • Blow into the other end of the tube.

Both of these methods should remove any clogs or air bubbles. They’re also good for fixing older Nespresso machines, like the Nespresso Inissia, that aren’t pumping water properly.

Another Way To Clear The Blockage Or Water Bubble

If you can’t unclog your Nespresso Vertuo from the outside, you can try fixing it from the inside:

  1. First, make sure the machine is unplugged and the water tanks are removed.
  2. Lay the machine on its side.
  3. Loosen and remove the nine screws on the bottom panel, then take off the bottom.
  4. Inside, you’ll find a cable and a small transparent tube connected to the water suction port of the tank.
  5. Carefully detach this transparent tube from the outlet of the black water suction port.
  6. Use a syringe or turkey baster to squirt water into this tube a few times.

The Vertuo Needs Descaling

Lastly, run a descale cycle with your Vertuo to make sure you get all the scales out that came loose when you pumped water into the tubes.

Descaling your Nespresso machine is important not just to keep it pumping water properly. It also helps prevent loud noises and problems like the machine only making half a cup of coffee.

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

My Nespresso Vertuo Is Still Not Pumping Water

If there is still no water coming out of your Vertuo after you have tried all the above things. Then your best option is to contact Nespresso support.

If you are still under warranty, they will probably repair your machine for free or even send you a new one.


If your Nespresso Vertuo isn’t pumping water, here’s a summary of the solutions from this article:

  1. Clean and free up the disk in the handle.
  2. Clear any clogs in the tubes of your Vertuo.
  3. Descale the coffee maker.

I hope this article helps you fix your Vertuo so you can enjoy great coffee again.

Thank you for reading!