Flashing Red and Yellow Light On Nespresso Vertuo [Solved]

One of the most common problems with Nespresso VertuoPlus is the half-red half yellow light flashing. Don’t worry; this isn’t usually a sign that your machine is in trouble. This is because water minerals build clogs inside the machine and cause issues. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to solve this flashing half red and yellow light problem in Nespresso Vertuo. Simply you will need to descale the machine according to the instructions below!

How To Fix Half Red Half Yellow Light on Nespresso Vertuo

When the flashing red and yellow light on your Nespresso Vertuo machine indicates that it’s time to descale, it’s important to follow the proper steps to ensure your machine is cleaned properly. Here’s how to descale your Vertuo Plus:

SIDENOTE: Complete each step within 2 minutes of the previous step. If you don’t, the VertuoPlus will exit descaling mode.

  1. First, turn the machine ON by pressing the “Power” button.
  2. Open the machine head, eject any capsule, and close it again. 
  3. Turn OFF the machine by pushing the “Lever” down position for 3 seconds.
  4. Remove the pod holder and drip tray and empty any water or pods in them.
  5. Fill the water tank with 500 ml of water and one descaler unit.
  6. Press the “Power” button and push the “Lever” in the down position simultaneously for 3 seconds.
  7. When the orange light is steady, your machine is in menu mode. To enter the descaling mode, push the lever one time.
  8. Place the container under the coffee outlet and push the ”Power” button to start descaling.
  9. The orange light will be blinking during the descaling process.
  10. After the tank is emptied, rinse it with water and fill it again with approximately 500 ml of fresh water.
  11. Place the tank and container back in the machine, and start the cleaning cycle by pushing the “Power” button 3 times in 2 seconds.
  12. The machine rinses within less than 2 minutes and stops automatically when it’s done.
  13. The green light will flash when the descaling is finished.
  14. To exit the descaling mode, push the “Lever” and “Power” buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds. You are done!
  15. Let the machine cool down for 10 minutes before using it again.
Nespresso Descaling Solution, Fits all Models, 2 Packets
  • Nespresso Descaling Solution for all Nespresso machine models (OriginalLine and VertuoLine)
  • Compatible with all models, including Lattissima, Le Cube, Inissia, Citiz, U, etc

What To Do When Nespresso Red and Yellow Light ON After Descaling?

The descale light should automatically reset if you followed the instructions correctly without interruption. More often than not, people typically make the mistake of waiting longer than two minutes between descaling steps or neglecting to allow the tank to empty completely.
Please review the questions below. If you answer yes to any of them, you’ll need to repeat the steps at least one or two more times using the descaling solution.

  • Have you ignored descale light for a long time?
  • Do you use tap water that is really hard?

Did you say NO to all of the questions above? If, you may need to reset your Vertuo.

Reset Half Red Half Yellow Light on VertuoPlus

Follow these steps to reset the light.

  1. Remove any capsules from the machine.
  2. Press the “Lever” down for 3 seconds to turn OFF the machine.
  3. Push the “Coffee” button and “Lever” simultaneously and hold them for 3 seconds. The orange light will display.
  4. Then push the lever down 3 times, and press the “Coffee” button once.
  5. Once you do this, the orange light will flash 3 times and turn steady orange. You are Done!


In conclusion, the half-red half-yellow light blinking on your Nespresso VertuoPlus machine is typically not a cause for concern but rather an indication that it’s time to descale the machine. By following the step-by-step instructions provided above, you can easily descale your machine and resolve the flashing light issue. It’s important to note that completing each step within the specified time limit is crucial for success. If the descale light remains on after completing the descaling process, it may be necessary to repeat the steps or reset the machine, which can also be done using the steps outlined above. By properly maintaining your Nespresso VertuoPlus machine, you can ensure its longevity and continued high-quality performance.