Nespresso Making Loud Noise When Brewing: How To Quiet It Down

Nespresso Troubleshooting

If your Nespresso is making loud noise when brewing, it might turn your peaceful coffee time into something that sounds more like a busy construction site. This can be annoying, especially if you love starting your day quietly with a good cup of coffee.

In this post, we are going to see why your Nespresso machine is possibly making loud noises during brewing and offer practical solutions to fix this.

Why Is Your Nespresso Making Loud Noise When Brewing?

Loud Nespresso coffee machine

The first step to solving the problem is to understand what is causing this noise. Here are the most common reasons:

  1. Hard water can lead to mineral deposits inside your machine, affecting its normal operation and causing loud noises.
  2. Sometimes, air gets trapped in the system, making the pump work harder and louder to push the water through.
  3. Continuous use can wear out parts or cause them to become misaligned, leading to unusual sounds during brewing.
  4. Just like any machine, certain parts of your Nespresso might need lubrication to function smoothly.

How To Fix A Loud Nespresso Machine

When your Nespresso becomes too loud, it is a signal that something isn’t right. However, most causes of loud noises are fixable with a bit of knowledge and some care.

Let’s break down each solution in detail.

Descale Your Machine

Over time, water, especially hard water, leaves behind minerals that build up inside your machine. This scale build-up can restrict water flow and make the pump work harder, resulting in loud noises.

Here is how to do it properly:

Get Your Machine Ready

Make sure your Nespresso is plugged in. Take out the used capsules and empty the drip tray, then put them back in place.

Prepare the Cleaning Mix

Pour one Nespresso descaling packet and 17 ounces of water into the water tank.

Set to Clean Mode

Without any coffee capsule in, close the top and lock it. Wait until the light stops blinking and is just on (should take about 30 seconds). Keep the top closed, unlock and hold down the button until the light turns off and then blinks orange quickly. This step might take about 7 seconds.

Confirm Clean Mode

Quickly lock and unlock the top again within 45 seconds to make sure you’re in the cleaning mode. You’ll know you’re in the right mode when the orange light blinks fast.

Start Cleaning

Put a big container (should hold at least 34oz) under the nozzle and press the button to begin the cleaning. The blinking light will keep going while it’s cleaning.

Wash It Out

Once the cleaning solution has all run through, throw it away and clean out the water tank well. Fill it back up with clean water and put it back on. Press the button to flush clean water through the machine. Get rid of this water once done.

Finish Up

When the machine stops by itself and the light goes steady, fill the water tank again, wash and put back the drip tray and capsule container, and clean the outside of the machine with a wet cloth. Let your Nespresso rest for 10 minutes before making coffee.

Remove Trapped Air

Air trapped in the water line can make the pump work inefficiently, causing loud noises as it tries to force water through the system.

Here is how to fix this:

  1. Make sure the water tankis filled to the maximum line with fresh water.
  2. Turn on your machine and run the machine without a capsule. This process forces air out of the system and allows water to flow freely.

Check And Adjust Parts

Continuous use can cause certain parts of your Nespresso machine to wear out or misalign. As a result, this can cause unusual sounds during operation.

How to do it:

  1. Look for any visible signs of wear or misalignment, especially around the capsule container and the brewing head.
  2. Gently adjust any parts that seem out of place, referring to your machine’s manual for proper alignment.
  3. If certain parts look damaged or overly worn, consider ordering replacements from Nespresso or an authorized dealer.

Lubricate The Machine

Specific moving parts of your Nespresso machine might require lubrication to operate smoothly, reducing the noise caused by friction.

How to do it:

  1. Consult your machine’s manual to identify which parts require lubrication. Common areas include the lever mechanism and the capsule area.
  2. Apply a small amount of food-grade silicone grease to the identified points. Do not use cooking oils or non-food-grade lubricants as they can contaminate your coffee and damage the machine.
  3. Apply a thin layer of grease, making sure it spreads evenly without overdoing it.

Preventive Measures

To avoid future noise issues, here are some tips:

  • Make sure to use filtered water. This can reduce scale build-up.
  • Clean and descale your machine regularly.
  • It is recommended to use genuine capsules. Sometimes, non-brand capsules can cause issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Nespresso machine so loud all of a sudden?

A sudden increase in noise could be due to scale build-up, trapped air within the system, misalignment or wear of internal parts, or a need for lubrication. Regular maintenance, such as descaling and checking for any loose or worn components, can often resolve this issue.

How can I fix a noisy Nespresso during brewing?

Start by descaling your machine to remove any mineral build-up. Then, try running the machine without a capsule to expel any trapped air. If the noise persists, check for any visible misalignments or signs of wear and lubricate necessary parts with food-grade silicone grease.

What should I do if descaling doesn’t reduce the noise in my Nespresso machine?

If descaling doesn’t quiet down your machine, check for air pockets by running the machine with water only, and make sure all parts are correctly aligned and lubricated. If the issue persists, contact Nespresso customer support.

Is it normal for my Nespresso to make a loud noise when starting up?

Some noise at startup is normal as the machine heats up and water begins to flow. However, excessively loud or unusual noises can indicate a problem.

Can hard water usage increase the noise level of my Nespresso machine?

Yes, hard water contributes to faster scale build-up inside the machine, which can restrict water flow and make the pump work harder. It will result in louder operation. Using filtered or softened water can help reduce scale accumulation and keep your machine running quietly.


If your Nespresso is making loud noise when brewing, it is usually something you can fix with some simple checks and cleaning.

Following the steps we talked about will help make your Nespresso quiet again, so you can enjoy your coffee without the noise. Just keep up with regular cleaning and your Nespresso will work well for a long time. Enjoy your coffee!

Friendly Reminder: Always refer to your Nespresso machine’s manual for specific care instructions and contact customer service for support with complex issues. Your morning coffee experience is worth the effort!