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  1. I am not, Canadian here. I'm going to pack up my machine and hopefully at some point down the road I Can fix/replace the valve. It's my long term goal so to speak. I've noticed minor rusting on the inside, and the piece around the filter head has started to bubble. I have a new machine en route, I was lucky enough to find a real steal on one online. I should have it soon if the tracking information is accurate. I went ahead and got additional descaler, and wanted to check in on what/how often I need to do maintenance. The descaler I've heard anywhere from monthly to every 6 months- an
  2. Went ahead and descaled it. Blue-green water came out just like you said. Tried pliers again just in case, but it still won't budge. Sadly at this point I'm out of options. I am unable to remove, let alone replace the valve, and I have had no luck finding anyone at all in province who will even look at my machine. At this point I have to shop for a new baby. My best guess is I didn't keep up with maintenance like descaling well enough over the years. Thank you for all the advice.
  3. With a little help from a more hands on relative I tried again. We used three different pairs of pliers to try and un stick the spindle. However it will not budge. The first words from her mouth were that she thought it might have seized up. I dug through my cupboard and found the cleaner tablets which do not say descaling, and two bottles of liquid that do say descaling. I can go ahead put it back together and run it with the descaler to see if that helps un seize, but that is the only thing I can think of. I believe the directions are to use the one bottle (4 oz) in a
  4. I will probably end up ordering a new clip and knob after all. In the mean time when it's day time tomorrow I will try opening up the machine and see if I can unstick the spindle. I will also look into descaling, hopefully I can find a good video. I have some cleanser tablets, hopefully they will work in a pinch. I will definitely look into a better product to use more often. I hope I can get a few more years out of my girl before I need to retire her.
  5. I am not sure what you mean by releasing the spindle. I apologize, I am rather green when it comes to these matters. I have a couple pictures of the knob. I am able to remove the top plate, to view down into my machine, but it is hard to get a good look at where the knob would be inserted.
  6. I have a roughly 7 year old Silvia who has been an absolute beast until a short while ago. After frothing milk the steam knob seemed to be stuck open. I am afraid I used too much pressure and broke or stripped something. The maching can still steam, it just cannot turn off. I suspect a valve or something is stuck open, therefore I cannot brew espresso. When I tried to get the knob unstuck it actually came out. This has happened before, but it could always be slipped back in. This time there is a loose clip, and the knob just spins. It has a very different feel. Instead of reaching
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