Descaling your Philips/Saeco espresso machine regularly ensures great coffee taste and temperature. If the Calc/Clean light starts flashing slowly, it is time to descale the machine. Follow the steps or watch the videos on how to do this at home.
When descaling your espresso machine, only use Philips descaler (Descaling solution CA6700).
Descaling instructions may differ depending on your specific espresso machine's model. For more accurate step-by-step instructions, check the user manual or visit our Coffee Care page for video instructions.
Note: The descaling process can take up to 30 minutes to complete. Once the process has started, it cannot be interrupted.
Descaling Philips 1200/2200/3200 series
Empty the drip tray and reinsert it
If present, remove the classic milk frother or LatteGo from the machine
If an AquaClean filter is present, remove it from the water tank
Empty the water tank and pour the entire bottle of Philips descaling solution in it. Add water to the descaling solution in the water tank up to the MAX indicator and reinsert it
Place a large container/bowl (1.5 L) under the coffee and water spout
Switch ON the machine
Press and hold the Calc/Clean icon for 3 seconds, and then press the start/stop button to start the descaling procedure
During the descaling cycle, the Calc/Clean light will flash to show that descaling is in progress
The machine will start dispensing small amounts of water through the coffee and hot water spout
Let the machine dispense the descaling solution until the water tank is empty. The empty water tank light icon will light up
Remove the bowl
Remove the water tank and give it a rinse with fresh water
Fill up the water tank with fresh water up to the Calc/Clean indicator and reinsert it into the machine
Put the emptied bowl back under the coffee and water spout and continue with the rinsing procedure below.
Press the start/stop button to start the rinsing cycle. This process will take about 3 minutes
During this process, the lights on the control panel will go on and off to indicate that the rinsing cycle is in progress
Once the machine stops dispensing water, the descaling process is complete
The machine will heat up automatically
When the lights in the drink icons light up continuously, the machine is ready for use again
The AquaClean light will flash for a while to remind you to install a new AquaClean water filter
Install and activate a new AquaClean water filter in the water tank
Descaling Philips 5000 series
This video will help you to descale your Philips 5000 espresso machine. For detailed step by step instructions, check the user manual.
Descaling Philips 4000 and 3100 series
Select 'Start Calc Clean' from the menu
Press the Cappuccino button to select the descaling procedure
The machine reminds you to insert the milk carafe filled with water and pull out the milk carafe dispenser to the right.
The descaler symbol appears on the display.
Pour the entire bottle of Philips descaling solution in the water tank.
Fill the water tank up to the calc clean level
Place the water tank back into the machine.
Place a bowl underneath the milk frother and coffee spout 9) Press the Cappuccino button to start the descaling cycle.
The display will show the descaling progress. You can pause the descaling cycle by pressing the Espresso button. Press the Cappuccino button to resume the descaling procedure.
After finishing, rinse the water tank and fill it with fresh water to the maximum level and then put it back.
The start rinsing symbol appears on the display.
Fill the milk carafe with water up to the minimum level and then put it back.
Pull out the milk carafe dispenser to the right.
Replace the bowl.
Press the Cappuccino button to start the rinsing cycle.
The rinsing cycle is finished when the 'Calc Clean OK' symbol appears on the display. Press the Cappuccino button to exit the descaling procedure.
Note: If the water tank symbol appears on the display instead of the 'Calc Clean OK' symbol, refill the water tank up to the maximum level and perform another rinsing cycle.
Descaling Philips 3000 series
This video will help you to descale your Philips 3000 espresso machine. For detailed step by step instructions, check the user manual.
Descaling Philips 2100 series
This video will help you to descale your Philips 2100 espresso machine. For detailed step by step instructions, check the user manual.
Other Philips/Saeco espresso machine models
If you have other Philips/Saeco espresso machine models, find detailed descaling instructions in the user manual or visit our Coffee Care.