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  1. Unexpectedly, the group on my twin boiler Fracino Piccino stopped producing hot water yesterday. I searched online advice and suspected I may have induced an air lock - although I wasn't convinced.... Today, I took it apart and, with the power on but no chassis (being very careful too!) I checked the flow of electricity from the mains input through to the group boiler. It's worth noting that Fracino have loads of excellent PDFs online, including a comprehensive parts list and wiring diagram. I found two thermostats on the boiler, they should both have live current going through them and term
  2. Hi there. I've bought a 2nd hand gaggia classic, the sticker on the bottom says 11/2001. I have noticed that water coming out the brew head has a sweet taste. I know this is subjective, but that's what it tastes to me. After searching online I now think this may be a metallic taste after all - not sure though... So I pumped some water into a glass container and I can see some kind of suspension on the water that clears after a while but not completely. I then proceeded to backflush with pully (with correct product). Washed with plenty water just letting the machine pump cle
  3. Morning all, Picked up a second hand Bambino recently for my workshop. Unit was serviced in November of this year and had lots of new parts (inc element), however on setting the unit up my water appears to be rather cloudy (even after leaving it settled for a long time, so clearly not just bubbles) previous owner had the unit running with a dual filter setup and i am running the Fracino DSU 10L filter (flushed before use with 5 buckets of water, although was running clear by bucket 3) I am planning on dropping the water out today and inspecting the boiler for scale, there was a
  4. Hi all, I'm hoping to sell a gaggia classic soon. If I need to ship it, should I drain the boiler? And how would I do this? Thanks!
  5. I was informed the morning after playing with the new machine that there was a puddle in the kitchen. My heart sank as I knew the only new thing in there was the Heavenly. To cut a short story shorter I took the covers off but couldn't see where the leak was coming from although the inside was wet. Decided to get it up to temp and pressure and sure enough, there were in fact 2 leaks. Both on the pipes going between the group and the boiler. Let the machine cool down while I looked for a 24mm flare nut spanner, didn't have on so I made one out of an old ring spanner.
  6. An X vending machine boiler with a few extras, opened it all up and really surprised how clean it is internally, it's a one litre capacity boiler after heater element displacement. Boiler. Element 240v. 2500w Electric valve 240v. Variable Control Temperature Control (Power off on the rise). Overheat safety cut out switch attached to the boiler. Have stripped and powered the element OK, electric valve OK, variable heat control OK, the safety overheat has a circuit and appears not to have been operated, so all good to go an
  7. Hi all, I noticed the flow of water from my machine was slow (290ml per min) Mark @gaggiamanualservice.com recommended checking the solenoid. I managed to take the boiler out, originally just going to check the solenoid valve but got into the boiler to check too, I havent seen one this bad online. I am wondering if cleaning it is OK (If I can) or does it need replacing? If it needs replacing can I put a stainless steel one in if I can find one? Heres when I first got into the boiler. After soaking for 2 hours in puly cleaner. and Lots of wire brush scrubbing, grouphead part
  8. I picked up my first classic last week and only got around to having a play with it yesterday, only to find that when running some water through it, there was a few little black particles and a small amount of lime scale in the water. 1. Should I be looking to flush this out wit some descaler? If so should I opt for the Gaggia liquid or tartaric acid? (I have some tartaric acid but I'm not sure what ratio I should use, or I can order some gaggia solution online) 2. Strip out e boiler and clear it out with a dremel style tool? 3. Replace the boiler. Any help would be grea
  9. Hi Everyone I'm selling my coffee machine due to my wife starting to drink coffee and thus us needing to have a more simple machine for her to use. I'm sure i'll be back at some time in the future but for now, I can move this machine on. It's a dual boiler, PID control of the brew boiler, pressurestat control of the steam boiler. Mains water and tank - I've tried both and have used this routinely with filtered water. Bella Barista serviced the machine and also fitted a new PID back in Apr 18, the old PID was occasionally shutting off, but now all in perfect working order.
  10. I'm cleaning up a used Expobar Office Control and am thinking I'd like to insulate the boiler. I like what I see here: #3 For those of you who've insulated a boiler on an HX machine of this size, have you noticed any downsides? I'm concerned about unforeseen consequences. Thank you.
  11. Hi, hoping someone can help me. I've got a machine that produces little or no milk, the coffee side seems to be fine just no milk. It makes a few noises but that's all. I managed to get into a service menu that had an error log, this showed "boiler steam overheating", not sure if this is what is causing the problem but I expect it won't help. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Can I fix it myself or do I need to find a local repairer ? Thanks in advance.
  12. I bought a very cheap Classic on eBay and then discovered why it was so cheap. Seems like the machine had never been descaled or taken care of. I took the boiler out and wanted to open it up and clean it out. Two screws managed to come out but then the other two just clean broke off. Question is, can I still save it (how?) and is it even worth it? Here are some photos before I started unscrewing everything: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xmrhsx1xlxoi6wb/AAA2ehUSxJokw0l1aP2mKoFUa?dl=0
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    Hi, I just wanted to thank the whole community on here. I stripped down my Gaggia classic to replace the boiler gasket and run into several problems when I put it all back together. I am very grateful for all the information stored in here by the community and how useful it all was in getting it up and running again. I now know my machine inside out too!
  14. I’m trying to work out which gasket I need the site https://www.theespressoshop.co.uk/en/Gaggia/b-27.aspx has two. One is red and silicone (Gaggia Classic Boiler to Grouphead Silicone Gasket - 12001021 £2.64) , the other is black (Gaggia Classic Boiler to Grouphead EPDM Gasket - DM0041/082 £1.20) Any idea on the difference/benefits? Also do these fit a Classic from 2012? Thanks
  15. Let's assume we have e.g. a Sage/Breville Dual Boiler vs. a Rocket Dual Boiler with identical tamp, beans etc. Would they have a different taste at the same output/time?
  16. Hi, I am the longtime owner of a Gaggia classic (7 years), and due to a fear of taking things apart have never given the boiler and solenoid a good clean before. The water flow through the group head has stopped (water and steam through the wand is still fine), so I took out the solenoid and gave it a good clean. Putting it back together was fine, but the water continued not to flow. I then replaced the pump, as it had been sounded a little weak of late. Still no water flow, so I took out the boiler to give it a good clean. Unfortunately, I can't open the boiler up. The bolts just won't g
  17. An otherwise Functional Silvia is on my bench. It was blowing the electrics at a friends flat. This is a new place with ground fault protection built into the fuse board. I have to assume that the element outer is cracked somewhere though not visible. The element itself is intact, heating and reasonable dc resistance for stated power rating. Boiler is the earlier one with integral element. The element to ground gives different measurements depending on which way around I do it using a multimeter. One way 2M+Ohms (potentially a pass) the other way is a lot lower and definitely the rea
  18. I have a Rancilio Silvia about 16 months old. It is use daily, but usually once. I always use reverse osmosis water and refill the boiler after steaming by pumping water out through the steam wand. It is fitted with the new EU compliant switch which cuts power after 30 mins. The heater has stopped working. When plugged in to a power outlet the orange thermostat light comes on before the power switch is active. The green light comes on when the power switch is activated and the orange light remains on. No heating takes place but the pump is still active. Do you think that the switch has dev
  19. Hi, I have recently ordered some parts and I thought I`ll add some extra just in case someone needs one from here. Genuine Gaggia Parts Prices including UK mainland 1st class signed for postage payment PayPal friends and family or bank transfer. I only have 2 of each but I can get some more in the case of any interest. Both comes with HQ food grade silicone O ring. Gaggia Classic Boiler £40 Gaggia Classic Steam Valve £35 Peter
  20. Can anyone offer some advice please? I picked up this lovely machine (Classico/Ariete) from the forum last year, and have had nothing but fun, trying to ‘learn’ the basics and craft! Over the last couple of days, I noticed a feint hissing coming from inside. I thought it may be the pressure release valve, so opened up expecting to do a little manipulation to relieve, or to remove and clean up (assuming the o ring may be buggered). The PRV looked great and was working well, so looked around the other side and saw the image attached (mineral build up?). Couldn’t see any steam,
  21. Good evening all, I have a 1995 Gaggia TE which I recently cleaned up and put into use after it was dormant for about 2 years with it's previous owner. In the past 2 weeks it has developed a bit of a fault. Basically, the P-Stat is releasing once the pressure inside the boiler reaches 1.1 to 1.2 bar, which is what is expected. However, the water in the boiler is not up to temperature, or at least it doesn't seem to be as no steam is produced at first. I have to force the P-Stat to re-engage the heating element several times (by opening the steam valve) before it starts producing any
  22. Had my dual boiler since December and still struggling to get the pressure any lower than 10.5 bar. I have had loads of different beans since Christmas, and with all of them the pressure rises to 10.5 bar. I have tried grinding coarser, but then I end up with shots which gush out in 18-20 seconds. Am I missing something really obvious? Could pre-infusion settings have anything to do with this? Thanks in advance!
  23. Recently I've noticed that any coffees that I make that I top up with hot water from the hot water arm taste a bit like bad socks... This seems to be a result of the taste of the water coming out of the boiler. Which got me thinking - the water in the boiler - does it not just get heated over and over again? When I use a standard kettle I empty any old water out the then refill and boil. I wouldn't keep it full and then boil it all each time. do people empty their boilers regularly or have I misunderstood how the Cellini works? (Or do I have some other problem)
  24. I have fracino cherub bought new from cater kwik in february of this year, and i keep it on a timer switch. This morning i woke up to make my coffee as usual and found the machine on, but stone cold. Since then i've tried taking off the case and trying to find the red thermostatic safety switch but could only find a white one which would jiggle in place, or pull, instead of pressing. I also tried replacing the water in the tank with tap water in case the tds is suddenly an issue, but nothing has worked. I only use volvic water and backflush semi-regularly, but have not descaled yet. I'm also h
  25. My normal routine for steaming (after pulling a shot) is to flick the steam switch and wait around 10s before opeing the steam valve. This lets me steam around 200-250 ml milk without the boiler light coming on (i.e. boiler stays on). Last couple of times, the light has come on half way through steaming, so the boiler is going off and the steam flow drops right off. Any suggestions why this would have just started happening? Faulty thermostat somewhere? thanks stuart
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