Nespresso Blinking Yellow Light

How To Fix Nespresso Blinking Yellow Light Problem

The Nespresso Vertuo series was created to provide you with an easy way to enjoy your favorite espresso and coffee drinks at home, but sometimes the blinking yellow light can be more than a little annoying. If you’re dealing with that light right now, don’t worry—I’ve put together information on what the Nespresso yellow light blinking means and also a step-by-step guide to help you fix your machine quickly and easily so you can get back to enjoying your morning cup of joe!

What Does Nespresso Yellow Light Mean?

When the yellow light on your Nespresso Vertuo machine starts blinking, it indicates that the machine is experiencing a malfunction. Several factors can cause this, and troubleshooting is required to identify the problem. Sometimes, it could be as simple as changing the water tank or unplugging the power cord. In other cases, the issue might be more serious.

Nespresso Yellow Light Status and Troubleshooting

The blinking yellow light on your Nespresso machine can have different meanings depending on its pattern and frequency. Here are the various status indicators and their troubleshooting steps:

Yellow Light StatusMeaning
Blinks twice per secondMachine needs to be cleaned
Blinks three times per secondRequires emptying or descaling
Flash twice rapidly, then long OFFError occurred
Pulsing light (Continuous ON & OFF)Machine is overheated
ON for 1.5 seconds then OFF for 0.5 secondsRunning out of water in the tank
Five times blinking in 10 secondsResetting to default settings
Blinks then white for 3 secondsUrgent descaling required
Nespresso Yellow Light Status

Fixing Blinking Yellow Light Twice

If your Nespresso Vertuo machine’s yellow light blinks twice, it indicates an issue with the water pump. To resolve this problem, simply run a cleaning cycle on your machine. Follow these steps:

  1. Eject any used capsules from the unit.
  2. Rinse the water tank, cup support, and drip tray with water, then fill the water tank with fresh water.
  3. Place a container with a capacity of at least 1 liter under the coffee outlet.
  4. Close the machine’s head and turn the lever to the lock position.
  5. Press the button 3 times within 2 seconds to start the cleaning cycle.
  6. The yellow light will start flashing, and the water will begin to trickle out. Three cycles of water will be released in total.
  7. After completing the cleaning cycle, wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth and let them air dry for 5-10 minutes before using the machine again.

If the yellow light continues to blink, hold the button down for at least 7 seconds before contacting Nespresso customer support.

Fixing Blinking Yellow Light 3 Times

A yellow light blinking three times indicates that your Nespresso machine needs descaling. Descaling removes mineral buildup from the water tank, ensuring the longevity of your machine. To descale your machine, you’ll need to purchase a Nespresso Descaler Solution. Follow the instructions in my Nespresso Descaling guide for detailed steps.

Fixing Blinks Yellow Light Twice Rapidly Then OFF

When your Nespresso Vertuo machine flashes yellow twice rapidly and then shuts off, try the following troubleshooting steps:

Ensure that the water tank is full and the machine is properly plugged in.
Double-check that you have correctly placed the coffee pod in the container and that it is undamaged.

Turn off and unplug the machine for approximately ten minutes.
Plug it back in, wait another 10-15 minutes, and turn it on again. It should work properly from there.

Resolve Pulsing Yellow Light

A pulsing yellow light indicates that your Nespresso machine is overheated. Follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Turn off the machine and wait for it to cool down.
  2. Press the power button for 3 seconds to ensure it’s completely off.
  3. Allow the machine to cool for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  4. Once cooled, turn the machine back on and resume using it.
  5. If the problem persists, hold the button down for at least seven seconds to force it to stop.

Fixing When Yellow Light ON for 1.5 seconds OFF For 0.5 Seconds

If you notice the blinking yellow light on your Nespresso machine turning on and off rapidly, it indicates a water-related issue. Ensure that the water tank is not empty or low. Fill the water reservoir with fresh water, making sure it reaches the ‘max’ line. Press the ON button and wait for the yellow light to turn off.

Fixing Flashing Yellow Light Five Times

When your Nespresso Vertuo machine flashes the yellow light five times, it means it needs to be reset to factory settings.

  1. Remove any capsules from the machine.
  2. Press the lever down for 3 seconds to turn off the machine.
  3. Press and hold both the coffee button and the lever simultaneously for 3 seconds. The orange light will be displayed.
  4. Then push the lever down 3 times and press the ‘Coffee’ button once.
  5. After performing these steps, the orange light will flash 3 times and then turn steady green.

Fixing Blinking Yellow Then White

If your Nespresso machine blinks yellow and then white, it’s a signal that you will only be able to use your machine a few more times before descaling becomes necessary. Descaling is crucial to maintaining the optimal performance of your coffee maker. You’ll need a descaling kit for this process. Once you have the kit, follow the instructions provided to descale your machine.


Dealing with a blinking yellow light on your Nespresso Vertuo machine can be frustrating, but with the right knowledge, it can be easily resolved. By understanding the different blinking patterns and following the appropriate troubleshooting steps, you can fix the issue and continue enjoying your favorite coffee beverages. Remember to maintain your machine regularly to prevent any further complications.


What does a blinking yellow light on a Nespresso mean?

It’s your machine’s way of telling you something is wrong. The blinking pattern can give you a clue about the problem.

How do I fix a Nespresso machine blinking twice per second?

It indicates your machine needs cleaning. Run a cleaning cycle and if the problem persists, contact Nespresso support.

How to resolve a pulsing yellow light on my Nespresso machine?

A pulsing yellow light signifies that the machine is overheated. Let it cool down before you resume using it.

What should I do if the yellow light is on for 1.5 seconds then off for 0.5 seconds?

Your machine is low on water. Simply refill the tank.

My machine is blinking yellow then white. What does it mean?

Your machine needs descaling. Follow the instructions on the descaling kit to get your machine back in order.

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Ronald Miller

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