The Espresso Machine needs some tlc.
We bypassed the leaky milk frother and the machine rose from the ashes to make 1 shot of espresso before dying again. It now blinks as if it were heating the water. The heater does get hot, and putting a hi-pot on the heater thermistor to simulate a higher temperature does not work.
It is on a cart in the kitchen with the milk frother parts. We will mess with it again soon.