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Nespresso Won’t Power On: Here are a Few Common Reasons and Fixes!

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Erica Cervenkova

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Nothing can be more frustrating than being unable to power on your coffee maker when you’re in desperate need of a cup.


There are a few different reasons why your Nespresso coffee maker isn’t coming on. Some of these reasons may require a professional to fix them.

Why Your Nespresso Isn’t Coming On

Like most machines, your Nespresso coffee maker comes with key parts that must function for the machine to work. Your machine may not power on if it isn’t plugged in, the fuse has burned, the control board is faulty, the button is broken, or the power card is in poor condition.

1. Check That it is Plugged In Correctly


Your Nespresso coffee maker needs the power to function. If your machine isn’t coming on, then it may not be plugged in correctly.

As such:

Check that the plug is fully inserted into a power outlet before trying to start your machine.


If you have double-checked the connection and the machine is still not coming on, there might be an issue with that outlet.


Your machine should power on if you plug it into a different power outlet. Try another outlet in the kitchen before moving your test into another room.


If the power outlet in a different room is working, then there might not be power flowing into your kitchen. Check your circuit breaker to confirm.

2. Check the Switch

Nespresso Power Button

Some models of the Nespresso coffee maker come with a switch that can power the unit on and off.


Be careful when handling this switch, as it can fail when treated roughly. A damaged switch could be a reason your Nespresso won’t turn on.


You won’t be able to turn your coffee maker on until this switch is fixed. Prying open your coffee maker is a tall ask and may seem like an intimidating task.


You do not need to face the problem alone. You can always contact a Nespresso customer service agent and get the help you need.


They will either hook you up with a repair or a replacement.

3. Test the Power Cord

Nespresso Power Cord


Your Nespresso power cord acts as a connector between the machine and the socket. The connection needs to be seamless for your machine to work.


You may end up with a faulty power cord over time. And while it’s rare, it is also possible to receive a faulty power cord from the onset.


Most Nespresso coffee makers come with a power cord attached.

As such:

They aren’t easy to replace. You will require some electrical know-how to troubleshoot this particular problem.


It is safer to contact Nespresso customer service. Their technicians are best suited to fix or replace the power cord if necessary.

4. Check the Fuse


A thermal fuse is an essential component in any appliance. It keeps your Nespresso coffee maker safe in case of a power surge.

You see:

Your coffee maker works with alternating current from the socket. As such, a sudden change in the current could severely damage the sensitive electrical parts.


A thermal fuse keeps your machine safe. It does this by cutting off the connection between your machine and the power source.


Your Nespresso won’t come on if the fuse failsafe has been triggered.


The fuse could be the likely culprit if your Nespresso isn’t coming on after a power surge. You can fix this by bringing your coffee maker to an experienced technician.

5. Check the Control Board

Nespresso Control Board


Think of the control board as your coffee maker’s brain. Signals travel through the control board to all the essential parts of your device for coordinated functionality.


Your Nespresso coffee maker won’t power on if the related component on the control board is faulty.


This isn’t something you can fix without prior electrical engineering experience. You may be able to find your way around it, but if done wrong, it could seriously damage the machine.


You can avoid exacerbating the damage by contacting Nespresso customer service. Their agents will walk you through troubleshooting the problem.


You will be given a number of options, and it will be up to you to decide what is within your budget.


You may need to replace the control board if it is severely damaged. Or even spring for a new coffee maker.

Models Commonly Affected

No machine is immune to damage, be it electrical or mechanical.

As such:

Any of Nespresso’s flagship coffee makers could develop a fault that stops the machine from powering on.


There are a few specific models that are usually associated with this problem. They are listed below.

1. Nespresso U D50

Nespresso U D50

The Nespresso U D50 is a compact model that fits well in most kitchens. It can become a regular part of your morning routine owing to its fine selection of brewing modes.


Its small power cord is attached to the machine. The cord could easily develop a fault, preventing an eager user from preparing their morning cup of coffee.

2. Nespresso Aeroccino

Nespresso Aeroccino

The Aeroccino is Nespresso’s milk frother series. They are standalone products that help create the perfect milk foam layer for your highly anticipated morning coffee.


The Aeroccino could suddenly develop faults if a power surge occurs. This could stop you from powering on the machine or even damage the heating element.

3. Nespresso Inissia

Nespresso Inissia

The Nespresso Inissia is the coffee maker often paired with the Aeroccino frother. Together, these machines produce lovely cups of espresso including a Cappuccino.

With that in mind:

The Inissia’s compact size makes it susceptible to sudden power surges. And this can damage key components within the machine, consequently, stopping it from powering on.

4. Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

The Pixie is similar to the Inissia in size.


It has a shorter heat-up time and a few other handy features.


The machine is likely to overheat if used in quick succession. And the internal temperature could damage some sensitive parts, like the power button.


This can prevent your coffee maker from powering on.

Other models that could suddenly stop powering on include the Vertuo and the Vertuo Plus.


Let’s face it:

Suddenly discovering that your Nespresso coffee maker isn’t powering ON could cause major anxiety.


Before you get all stressed up, try to find out what could be causing it. It could be any of the reasons presented above including:

  • Not plugging in the appliance correctly
  • A faulty power switch
  • Damaged power cord

And so on

In any case:

Discovering the problem will make it easier for you to fix it. But, be sure to contact Nespresso Customer service if the problem is beyond you.


Do you have any further suggestions? Do you think we failed to mention a possible cause? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Reset My Nespresso Machine?

It depends on what model you use. For example, you can reset a Nespresso Inissia by holding the Lungo button for five seconds. The indicator light will rapidly blink three times to signify that the machine has been reset.

Why Is My Nespresso Vertuo Not Working?

There might not be a real issue with your Nespresso Vertuo. Check that the water tank is filled adequately. Double-check that you have inserted a pod. Also, make sure the safety latch is locked firmly into place. Finally, if the indicator light blinks orange, you may need to descale the machine for it to work. Do that promptly.

Where Is My Nespresso Power Button?

Some models of the Nespresso coffee maker do not have an apparent power button. However, you can power on your Nespresso by holding down the Espresso button or (sometimes) the largest button on the appliance.

Do Nespresso Machines Have a Fuse?

Yes, they do. Basically, the fuse protects your Nespresso machine in case of a power surge. This should ease your mind when using your coffee maker.

Does Unplugging Nespresso Reset it?

Not the way you intend. Intuitively, unplugging your Nespresso coffee maker will not reset it to factory settings. To reset it, you need to follow the procedure specific to your model.

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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