There’s nothing worse than seeing the engine light pop on in your car, your heart sinks knowing there is likely a large mechanics bill coming your way. The Nespresso blinking orange light is similar to that engine light, it means something is wrong and your machine needs attention. Thankfully, unlike a car, the blinking orange light on a Nespresso machine is a common issue and there is usually an easy fix.
So don’t panic, and read on to find out why your Nespresso is blinking orange and what you can do to fix it.
What is a Nespresso Machine?
A Nespresso machine is a single-seve coffee maker that uses capsules containing pre-ground coffee to create an espresso-like drink. Nespresso machines are known for their convenience and ability to produce consistent quality coffee. Within the Nespresso lineup are two different types of machines; OriginalLine and VertuoLine. These two lines of machines work in different ways, require different capsules, and will have different reasons for buttons blinking.
To further complicate matters, within the VertoLine, there are different warning signals depending on which machine you have. The Nespresso Vertuo machines have a blinking orange light, while the Nespresso Vertuo Plus machine has red and yellow lights.
Different Types of Nespresso Machines
OriginalLine Nespresso Machines
The OriginalLine machines, as the name would suggest, contain the original Nespresso brewing system. A capsule is inserted into the machine, then the machine pumps hot water at high pressure through the capsule until the foil bottom busts and espresso is released.
These machines produce a more traditional espresso, with crema on top. Machines in the OriginalLine range include the Essenza Mini, Inissia, Pixie, and Citiz.
VertuoLine Nespresso Machines
The VertoLine machines use a new system involving centrifugal technology to produce both coffee and espresso. A capsule is added to the machine, the machine then scans and reads a barcode on the capsule which dictates how that particular capsule is to be brewed.
In these newer machines, hot water flows through the capsule while it spins at up to 7000 rpm, blending the coffee and water. The VertoLine machines can produce both espresso and larger mugs of drip-style coffee, both of which are topped with a thick crema. Machines in the VertuoLine include the Vertuo, Vertuo Plus, and Vertuo Next.
Why Is My Nespresso Machine Blinking Orange?
There is a range of different reasons why your Nespresso machine is blinking orange. And as part of that, it also depends on what type of Nespresso machine you have. But generally, a blinking orange light means:
Thankfully, Nespresso has taken the guesswork out of troubleshooting by providing different signals for each error.
Nespresso Blinking Lights Explained
Now that you know what type of machine you have, you also have to take a look at how the orange light is blinking, which will help diagnose the problem with your machine. In this section, we will cover the different error codes and how to fix each issue.
OriginalLine Buttons Blinking
The OriginalLine machines, with their simpler operating system, are slightly easier to decode. There are three main reasons and ways a button will blink.
Slow, steady blinking: this means the machine is heating up. It usually takes around 30 seconds and will change to a solid light once the machine is ready to be used.
Fast and steady flashing: This could indicate one of two things. The machine is in the descaling mode– if this is the case, exit out of the mode. The second thing it could indicate is that the machine has overheated. If this is the case, turn the machine off and allow it to cool down for at least 30 minutes before using it again.
Fast Triple Flashing: Unfortunately, this light indicates there is an electronic fault in the machine and you should contact Nespresso customer service for further advice.
Nespresso Blinking Orange Light
The blinking orange light on a Nespresso Vertuo machine indicate different errors.
How to descale your nespresso machine
Descaling is one of those unfortunate tasks that needs to be performed on every coffee maker or espresso machine to keep it running at its best. Nespresso recommends descaling their machines every 3 months or 300 capsules (whichever comes first).
Thankfully, the Nespresso Verto machines have a descaling alert to notify you when this is due. Descaling is a fairly straightforward process, but it does take around 20 minutes to complete. Each machine has its instructions so it is best to check Nespresso’s descaling instructions for your particular machine.
But here’s a rundown of the general process. For more information see our guide to Nespresso Descaling.
- Make up the descaling solution as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Empty the water tank and fill it up with the descaling solution.
- Make sure all used capsules have been ejected from the machine and empty and rinse the used capsule container.
- Place a container under the coffee outlet (this needs to be at least 0.8L).
- Turn the machine on.
- Start the Descaling program as per the manual. Note: each machine has a different way of accessing the descaling program so it is best to refer to the manual for your machine’s specific instructions.
- Push the button to start descaling, the machine will stop automatically when complete.
- Empty, clean, and rinse the water tank and cup support thoroughly.
- Fill the tank with clean water and place it back in the machine.
- Push the button to rinse the machine. The machine will stop automatically when this is complete. Tip: Make sure you run two or three cycles of fresh water through the machine to ensure that all the descaling solution is rinsed out. Otherwise, you will end up with unpleasant-tasting coffee.
- Exit the descaling mode.
- And that’s a wrap! Your machine is now descaled and should be back in working order! Allow the machine to dry for 10 minutes before using it.
nespresso vertuo plus blinking red lights
If you own a Nespresso Vertuo Plus or Vertuo Next, there is a slightly different alert system with a blinking orange or red light (depending on your machine version). However, while the alerts are different, the solutions are the same. In this section, we will cover what each alert means and you can flick back to the previous section for solutions.
Below are some of the common Nespresso red light alerts on Vertuo Plus or Next machine and what they mean:
Nespresso Blinking Orange Light- In Summary
If you notice your Nespresso machine blinking with an orange or red light, do not panic! This system has been implemented to help alert you to issues that need to be addressed. In most cases, this just means you need to clean, descale, empty the capsule container or fill the water tank. Whatever the issue is, we hope this guide has helped you solve your problem quickly so you can get back to enjoying your favorite coffee.