Why is my Nespresso blinking orange light?

With many people relying on morning coffee and can’t imagine spending a day long without having a cup of coffee, a flashing Nespresso is probably one of the most frustrating problems encountered and is very much complicated to figure out the possible causes, as these Nespresso machines have so many delicate parts. 

Nespresso machines have built-in light-based alerts. The Flashing orange light in the Nespresso machine indicates that the Machine is not working correctly and needs fixing.

Light is red for the VertuoPlus or VertuoPlus Deluxe and is orange for Nespresso Vertuo Next, Vertuo, and Evoluo.

Fortunately, there are a few common causes responsible for flashing orange lights. In this article, we will discuss in detail some of the most common methods that help you to fix your Nespresso machine flashing lights.

The most common reason for Nespresso blinking orange light is that your Nespresso machine is dirty and it needs to be descaled or cleaned properly. Other reasons might be that your machine is overheated, the water level in your machine is lower, or there might be a blockage of capsules on your machine.

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What does Nespresso Flashing Orange Light Mean?

For every possible reason, the Nespresso Vertuo next and Evoluo machines give different types of blinking alerts.

In the table below, you will find all the possible reasons causing your Nespresso machine to flash an orange light.

Orange Light statusMeaning
Blinking Orange two times per second and then OffThe machine needs to be cleaned or the water tank isn’t assembled
Blinking Orange three times then steadyThe machine needs to be descaled
Blinks Orange light 2 times for 1 second and then OffUser Error
Orange Light Pulse (off then on)The machine is overheated and it needs to be cooled
Blink Orange 1 time and then OffThe water tank needs refilling
Blinking Orange five times in 10 secondsThe machine needs a factory reset
Blink orange and then turn white for 3 secondThe machine needs to be descaled urgently
Why is my Nespresso blinking orange light? | Common causes

How to Fix for NESPRESSO Vertuo Blinking orange light

As mentioned above in the table, there are seven different causes for Nespresso flashing orange light. Now let’s discuss how to solve these problems in detail.

Nespresso Vertuo Next Blinking Orange
Nespresso Vertuo Next Blinking Orange

1. How to fix Nespresso flashing orange two times per second | Cleaning needed

When your Nespresso blinks orange light twice, then you must clean the machine thoroughly. Follow the below-mentioned steps and see if they solve your problem.

  • Open the head of the Machine to eject any previously used capsules.
  • Take a paper towel or piece of cloth, and gently slide it around the machine parts.
  • Open the head of the machine and clean the area where coffee capsules are placed and also wipe all the moving parts of the machine with that cloth.
  • Empty and rinse the water reservoir, then fill it with fresh water to minimize the chance of contaminants buildup.
  • Wash the cup holder and place a larger cup under the coffee spout to drain left out.
  • Empty the capsule container, and rinse it with water.
  • Close the head and place it in the locked position by turning it to the left.

If your machine is blinking two times per second then your problem must be solved by following the steps mentioned above.

If it keeps blinking, hold down the button for approximately 7 seconds. If it doesn’t stop and keeps blinking, you should run descaling before calling Nespresso support.

Blockage of coffee grounds in the machine

Sometimes, the Nespresso machine experiences blockage of grounds in its centrifugal spinner at the top of the capsule holder. In this situation, the Machine cannot operate properly and alert the user by blinking orange light.

To tackle this situation you should adequately examine the capsule container to check whether there is any blockage because of old coffee grounds. Wipe the spinner thoroughly and try to spin it with your hands. If it’s spinning properly then the orange light might go away.

2. How to fix Nespresso vertuo blinking orange three times then steady | Descaling needed

If the Nespresso machine flashes orange light three times per second, then your Machine requires descaling. Descaling helps remove any mineral buildup of contaminants from the water used in brewing coffee.

While you can also use vinegar to descale the machine but it’s recommended to use Nespresso descaling solutions.

Skip to the end of the article if you want to know how to prepare a descaling solution and how to use it.

But sometimes the machine does not stop blinking even after descaling in that case you have to exit the descaling mode.

How do I get my Nespresso out of descaling mode?

One of the most common causes that Nespresso machines experience flashing lights is accidentally putting the Machine in descale mode.

If you find that your machine lights are flashing quickly and persist for a more extended period, then it is most probable that you have put your Machine in descale mode.

In that case, you should quit the descaling mode. For quitting

Press and hold the flashing buttons for approximately six to eight seconds or until the Machine beeps clearly.

When this happens, you can release the button, and the system must exit the descaling mode on its own.

3. How to fix Nespresso blinks 2 times in 1 second and then off | Error in the capsule holder

This mostly happens in 2 different conditions.

1. During coffee preparation

During coffee preparation, makes sure that a new undamaged capsule has been inserted correctly. Make sure the machine is locked properly.

If the light is still on, try inserting a new coffee pod, lock it, and press the button.

2. During the descaling process

During descaling or cleaning, make sure that the machine is locked properly and that there are no capsules in the machine.

Press and hold the button for about 3 seconds to turn the machine off. Press the button again to turn it on. If the light is still flashing, unplug it from the wall outlet.

Wait 10 seconds before plugging it back in, then switch it on again.

4. How to fix the pulsing orange light continuously | Machine is overheated

The pulsing orange light indicates that the machine is warmed up due to excessive use and just needs to cool down. In this condition, press the machine button for 3 seconds to turn it off. Also, unplug the machine.

Wait for approximately 20-30 minutes until the Machine cools down.

If it still pulses, then your machine might be in a descaling mode. In that case, press and hold the button for at least 7 seconds to check whether it stops or not.

5. How to fix Nespresso vertuo blinks for 1.5 seconds and then off for 0.5 seconds

This condition indicates that the water reservoir of the Machine is empty. When the water level is lower, the Machine cannot operate function properly and start flashing orange.

To fix this, simply remove the water tank and then refill the water tank with water.

It is advisable to use filter water as it helps minimize the buildup of contaminants and further helps in the cleaning and descaling process.

6. How to fix Nespresso blinking orange light 5 times in 10 seconds | Machine needs a factory reset

The machine blinks five times in 10 seconds means you need to perform a factory reset. In such a situation,

  • Open the head of your machine and eject the previously used capsule.
  • Close the head of the machine.
  • Make sure that the lever is in the unlocked position.
  • Now press the button five times. It will flash slowly five times to confirm that the reset has been completed.

7. How to fix Nespresso blinks Orange light and then turns to white | Descaling alarm

This alert demands a descaling process. In that case, you can not use the machine without descaling it properly.

Once the descaling process is done, the orange light flashing is off, and the Machine will start working properly.

How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Machines?

Descaling Nespresso machines once every 3-4 months is necessary to keep Nespresso machines working smoothly, and brewing tasting coffee.

The Nespresso Vertuo line machine has a descaling alert when the light blinks three times per second and then steady – indicating that your Machine requires descaling.

Descaling the Nespresso Vertuo line was carried out by following the simple steps described below. But before we start, you need to unplug the machine and then plug it in back.

1. First clean all parts of the machine

For preliminary cleaning of the Nespresso Vertuo line, you simply need to open the head and eject any used capsule. Once this is done, make sure that the lid is closed, and the lever is turned to unlock.

The next step is to Remove the waste capsule container, the drip tray, the water reservoir, and the cup support, and then empty them.

After that, it’s recommended to rinse all parts with water before putting them back, then designate slots.

2. Prepare a descaling solution

Pour around 500 ml of clean water into the Vertuo line water tank. Take out Nespresso descaling solution sachets from the kit, and pour them into the water.

If you have purchased a machine from the Nespresso brand, you will receive a descaling solution. Otherwise, you can buy it from here.

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3. Turn the machine ON and enter the descaling mode

Switch on the Nespresso Vertuo line by pressing the button at the top. Unlock and then close the Machine. While preheating, the button will flash and eventually turn off.

Press and hold the button for at least 7 seconds to enter descaling mode.

 You will now have 45 seconds to start the descaling process.

  • Lock the Machine by turning the lever towards the lock symbol and unlock it by turning it to the right.
  • Press and hold the button again for at least 7 seconds.
  • Place a large cup (capable of holding at least 20 ounces) under the spout and allow the Machine to drain into the bowl.

Note: If the Machine does not start unloading, lock the Machine and press the button again to start the process.

The machine will continue to rinse until the water tank is empty.

Fill the tank again and press the lungo button, and the rinsing process will restart.

4. Turn off the descale mode

Simply press and hold the power button for about 7 seconds to exit the descaling mode. When the power light has stopped flashing, Vertuo Line has exited descaling mode, and you are good to go!

This is quite straightforward. Let the Machine dry for approximately 20 minutes before using it again.

If your Nespresso machine is leaking from the top or bottom. Read a detailed guide on Why is my Nespresso Machine leaking and how to fix it.

Final thoughts on Nespresso Flashing orange

I hope this article solves the flashing orange light problem of your Nespresso machine. We have discussed all the possible causes and their solutions in detail.

If the problem still persists, then you must contact Nespresso customer support.

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