How To Fix The Flashing Red and Yellow Light on Nespresso Vertuo

Alex Ortiz
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Hey there, coffee lover! 🙋‍♂️ Do you have a Nespresso Vertuo at home? I bet you’ve had some amazing cups of coffee with it. But uh-oh, what’s that? A red and yellow light flashing? And it won’t give you your coffee fix? Breathe easy – I’m here to help!

So, here’s the thing. Sometimes, your Nespresso machine just wants a little break. It’s saying, “Hey, I’m feeling a bit hot under the collar. Let me cool down for a sec!” So, just turn it off for about 15 minutes. This lets it cool down and take a breather.

After that, plug it back in and switch it on. But wait, the lights might still be there! No panic. You just need to tell your machine, “Hey, wake up! It’s coffee time!” How? Press the coffee button (yeah, that one you usually press to get your delicious brew) 5 times super quickly. And I mean, within 3 seconds!

Sometimes, our trusty coffee machines can be a tad stubborn. If the quick trick doesn’t work, it might need a little extra attention. Don’t fret! Keep on reading and I’ll guide you through how to give your machine some TLC and get it back on track. 💡🛠

Stay with me, and let’s dive deeper into getting your Nespresso Vertuo all sorted out! 🚀


Let’s get something straight. Those red and yellow lights? They’re your coffee machine’s way of saying, “Hey! I’m feeling a bit off today.” Basically, these lights tell you two things:

  • The Nespresso Vertuo is either too hot or
  • Something’s not quite right inside.

And guess what? When these lights are on, nope, it’s not making your coffee. 😟


Okay, so now you’ve got a machine that’s flashing either a red or yellow light, and you’re missing your coffee. Side note: some folks even say they see an orange light. It’s all the same thing. Regardless of the shade, it’s your machine’s SOS call.

Here are four easy-peasy steps to get your Nespresso Vertuo singing again. I’ve listed them from super simple to might-take-a-bit-more-time, so start at the top and work your way down:

  • Unplug the Machine
  • Empty and Refill the Water Tank
  • Reset It
  • Descale the Machine

Got it? Cool! Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of each step, so you can be sipping on your fav coffee in no time! ☕🌟


Okay, I know this sounds like what everyone says when something’s not working right, but trust me, sometimes the simplest solution is the best. Imagine your Nespresso Vertuo is like a tired little robot. Give it a break!

🔌 Here’s what to do:

  • Unplug your machine.
  • Wait about 14 minutes (maybe dance to your favorite tune or grab a snack).
  • Plug it back in.

Magic might just happen, and those annoying red and yellow lights might vanish. If not, no biggie! There’s more we can do.


If Mr. Nespresso is still flashing after its power nap, it might be thirsty. Yep, sometimes a refreshing drink is all it needs.

💧 Here’s the game plan:

  • Empty out all the water from the tank.
  • Refill it with about 900 ml of fresh, clean water (that’s almost like a big bottle of soda!).
  • Make sure there’s no coffee capsule in there, and hit the coffee button for a regular cycle.

This could help in cleaning and cooling your machine. But hey, if those lights are still doing their disco thing, we’ve got another trick up our sleeve.


Time for a fresh start. Let’s give your Nespresso Vertuo a little reboot!

🔄 The reset steps:

  • Fill the water tank up with fresh water.
  • Kick out any coffee pod that’s hanging around.
  • Make sure the handle’s in the unlocked position (like you’re saying, “hey, it’s okay!”).
  • Now, tap that coffee button 5 times in a row, really fast, within 3 seconds.

Voilà! After doing this, that light should hopefully go green, meaning all systems are go! If it doesn’t, no worries. There are always more steps we can try, but with this, you’re pretty much a Nespresso ninja by now. 🥋☕🌈


If those red and yellow lights are still stubbornly shining, it’s likely a sign that your machine needs a deeper clean, called descaling.

🌊 The Clean-Up Steps:

  1. Buy the Right Stuff: You’ll need a packet of Nespresso descaling solution. This isn’t just any old cleaner; it’s specially made for your machine.
  2. Mix it Up: Pour the descaling solution into a full tank of fresh water.
  3. Get Set: Make sure the handle is chillin’ in the unlocked position.
  4. Push the Button: Now, hold down the coffee button for a solid 7 seconds.

Once you’ve descaled, you’re not done! It’s super important to give your Nespresso a rinse. So, follow the reset steps we talked about earlier, but use just clean water. It’s like giving your machine a refreshing shower after a mud bath.


Woo-hoo! 🎉 You’ve made it through the Nespresso rescue guide. Now, armed with all this knowledge, those pesky red and yellow lights shouldn’t stand a chance against you.

Fingers crossed, you’re back to your coffee rituals and enjoying a fresh cup right now. Cheers to you and your (hopefully) happy Nespresso! ☕🌟🎈

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the red and yellow light flashing on my Nespresso Vertuo machine?

When the red and yellow lights are flashing alternately on your Nespresso Vertuo machine, it indicates a descaling issue. This means that your machine needs to be descaled to remove any built-up mineral deposits.

2. How do I descale my Nespresso Vertuo machine?

To descale your Nespresso Vertuo machine, you can follow these steps:
  • Fill the water tank with a descaling solution and water.
  • Place a container under the coffee outlet.
  • Press and hold the brewing button for 7 seconds until the lights start flashing rapidly.
  • Press the brewing button again to start the descaling process.
  • Discard the liquid in the container and rinse it thoroughly.
  • Refill the water tank with fresh water and run a cleaning cycle to remove any remaining descaling solution.

3. How often should I descale my Nespresso Vertuo machine?

It is recommended to descale your Nespresso Vertuo machine approximately every three months or after every 600 capsules, whichever comes first. Descaling regularly helps maintain the performance and lifespan of your machine.

4. What descaling solution should I use for my Nespresso Vertuo machine?

You should use the Nespresso descaling solution specifically formulated for your Vertuo machine. Other descaling solutions may not be suitable and could potentially damage your machine.

5. Can I use vinegar to descale my Nespresso Vertuo machine?

No, it is not recommended to use vinegar to descale your Nespresso Vertuo machine. Vinegar can leave a strong odor and taste that may affect the flavor of your coffee. It is best to use the Nespresso descaling solution for optimal results.

6. What should I do if the red and yellow lights continue to flash after descaling?

If the red and yellow lights continue to flash after descaling, there might still be a descaling issue. Repeat the descaling process again, ensuring you followed all the steps correctly. If the issue persists, it is advisable to contact Nespresso customer support for further assistance.

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