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  1. My EK43 has stopped working and I'm pretty gutted. Here's what happened: - The EK has been working fine since I've got it (second hand). Exceptions have been that occasionally the on/off switch has stuck. - Last night I ground 15g for a kalitta with no problems. - The next dose I try to grind, I flick on the switch but nothing happens. - I took the pre-breaker off in-case there was a jam, but nothing. - I turn on and get nothing, when I click the off button; I get a small amount of spin, as if there's energy getting in there somewhere. - I've tried pushing in the current overload s
  2. I've been running a Cherub domestically for a couple of years (and it's a great machine), but lately the alarm that signals low water has been coming on even when there's water in the reservoir. I've solved this in the past by draining it and cleaning the probes/sensors before refilling, but this no longer works and the machine won't heat up at all. I suspect it's a scale issue (I use bottled but mainly filtered water) but does anyone know how easy it is to take the Cherub apart and check/service yourself? I've had a quote from the manufacturer for a service but at nearly half t
  3. After having left the machine on for an entire day, the Senago doesn't pump correctly. It seems the pumping times have shortened as a consequence. If the wheel selecting coffee volume is set to 1, the pump turns off after half a second, at the maximum position 13 it turns off again after 2-3 seconds. Took a quick look inside the machine: None of the contacts or wiring are loose or burned. Any ideas about what could have happened and how to fix it? Thanks for your help. Enjoy your coffees, PolarBear
  4. Hi So I have been the very happy owner of a 2nd hand Pontevecchio Lusso (from eBay) for the past 4 months. Unfortunately about a week ago after it had been on for a couple of hours it tripped the trip switch. Everytime I tried to turn it on again it did the same. I've isolated the cause to be the heating element (no trip switch activation when its removed from the circuit). After doing some research I've realised that my machine does not have a low water cut off, and I can't remember the water level at the time but I assume I must have boiled it dry and thats what has affected the
  5. Anyone repaired or have the skills to repair these or know a service centre ? Not for myself , but for cafe that . Cheers
  6. Hi everyone, A couple of weeks ago I had a mishap with my Mecoffee Pid, which sadly resulted in the melting of what I believe to be the switching transistor (though I might be totally wrong, see pics attached). I've tried contacting Mecoffee, to no avail. My only remaining options are either to go for another PID with a better heatsink on the chips, or try a cheaper solution, which would simply mean replacing the melted chip and crossing my fingers that it would pop back to life.... However, since the chip is kinda FUBAR, I can't read the serial number, and there are hardly any
  7. Hi all, I am planing to sell my Vesuvius, and while I was inspecting it, I noticed some corrosion at the bottom of the machine, and what I think is a small leak from the smaller boiler. I bought it used on this forum January 2017, and machine is working fine. I want it to be in perfect condition for its new owner. Do you know of any engineers around Newcastle upon Tyne who could pick it up from my place for repair? How much would a repair cost me (I know it is difficult to say without seeing it, but I need an approximate quote or a range)? Alternatively, is any of you techn
  8. Hi, My Gaggia Classic has failed. I think it's the pump as that stopped while I was drawing water through. BTW, the power light is still working. I'm wondering is it worth getting repaired as it's a good 7 years old and used frequently. If it is, does anyone know someone who can repair Gaggias in the Hastings area? Cheers, Del
  9. Hi guys, I bought a Gaggia Classic from eBay in 2015 but did not have much time using it until 1 month ago. Anyway long story short, after producing a really nice latte (in fact, the best I ever managed to pull off), I cant turn it up anymore. The machine was quite hot when I turned it off so just wondering whether I blew up the boiler or any important part inside. I attached some photos below. Can someone guess what happened and whether it's worth repairing the machine, given I have no knowledge of mechanics whatsoever, and will have to buy all parts/tools?
  10. Hi the video gives you a tutorial for repairung your Nivona CafeRomatica, loosing hot water in the drip tray due to a broken pressure outlet valve. The video shows the fault and it's repair in a step by step way. The video has a German soundtrack but English subtitles are available on YouTube. Greetings, Jürgen
  11. Hi all, I brought a Gaggia classic off eBay when starting out a month ago. However I think the seller had done a poor repair job as the steam handle is off centre and rubs on the casing. Indeed the whole steam tap is angled slightly towards the rear. I can't see how though as the boiler looks square. Anyone got a fix or has seen this problem before? I can't seem to get photos uploaded either. Yeah. Tim
  12. Hello. I've inherited an old Delonghi MAGNIFICA ESAM 3000.B, which at first was working fine, but then after a day or 2, has just started failing. I got it for free, but don't want to simply add to landfill, as I'm not one who likes wasting good tech. At first the power button did nothing, and after opening up, I saw it was old and needed replacing on the circuit board. Managed to replace that just fine. It's now in a state where it turns on, but doesn't complete it's start up cycle. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5TrXW0Zh4g If anyone has any ideas, it would b
  13. Hi all, I got an error code when turning on my Minima this week and I've been trying to figure out the issue ever since. I need an expert (paging DaveC !!) or at least someone with more knowledge than me at this point. Error code is "A1" displaying on the front display. The manual says (page 18) this means Brew boiler temperature probe not connected or short circuit. I have opened up the machine to check for any loose cables, and found nothing. Nevertheless, I unplugged and reinserted every cable and connector, and the problem remains. Then I took out my multimeter/voltmeter and
  14. Here's what happened. On Thursday my wife decided to treat the Heavenly to a good polish. We have the Heavenly on a timer so that it's nice an hot when we get up. On Friday morning, I go to the fridge and see the light is out. I then realise there's no power to other sockets in the kitchen, so go and flick the fuse switch and everything comes back on. Including the low water alarm on the heavenly. I then see that there's a pool of water on the counter top where the heavenly stands. I then notice that the switch you press to make a cup is in the "on" position. My wife says she thinks
  15. I've just happened to stumble upon a bit of a good deal for myself of 2 Mazzer Super Jollys, one working and one not... Unfortunately the seller wasn't able to tell me what the fault was on the non running machine but I'm in high hopes it's serviceable. Is there a guide somewhere with a general overhaul directions, I'm quite mechanically minded but I'd rather know exactly what to look out for on this particular grinder. Thanks
  16. I have rounded the Allen screw on my three way valve Any tips on the best way to remove it and the specification for replacement screws?
  17. i spotted this when it was listed at 99p so i had a silly little bid on it to keep it in my lists, well my phone went with 10mins remaining and it was on 58quid so i bid 65 and won it. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Compak-Coffe-Grinder-/282332577010?_trkparms=gh1g%3DI282332577010.N34.S2&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&autorefresh=true&nma=true&si=bqCc6LnkMqSEmN9l675ViViuE8w%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc if the link doesnt work for you then eBay item number: 282332577010 the listing doesn't say much about it so i am unsure what model it is but it seems like a b
  18. Hi, I recently bought an Izzo Pompei and after taking the top off - noticed that the pipe that goes into the valve for automatically topping up the boiler (controlled by Gicar) is disconnected. I took the bridging connector off but can't figure out how was it (or should be) attached to the valve housing. Is there something missing that should go between the connector that I disconnected and the valve? Would anyone be able to guide me in simple terms? I'll try to attach photos. Best, Martin
  19. Hello all, My machine broke down this week. I believe its a faulty element, no continuity across it and the ECU is still providing power to it. I've seen a few places online supplying them, I assume its good practice to replace the element gasket at the same time? Is it as straight forward as it seems? I'd like to thoroughly descale the boiler while I've got direct access to it, any tips for descaling through the element hole? Ha! Thanks!
  20. So I bought a used Fracino Picinno back in Feb this year. Love everything about it until about 2 weeks ago, I made a coffee that was undrinkable. Ruled out the group head water first, tried the steam wand and low end behold the water was discolored and it smelt very chemically. I've tried flushing the system through and eventually contacted fracino. It's suspected milk in the boiler and I'm looking at £275.00 shipped inc vat for a full service of the machine which is pretty crippling. So I guess my options - 1.) Consider the machine a write off and buy another machine for the value
  21. About 3 years ago we bought a Silvia v3 here in Luxembourg. After less than a year, the heating element burnt out and was replaced under guarantee by the local dealer (S-presso) that we had bought the Silvia from. As part of the repair they put in a v4-style boiler (I hope I have the version numbers right) where the heating element is separate from the boiler. Late last year the Silvia failed again. The dealer diagnosed yet another failed heating element, and is currently trying to obtain the correct part to replace; this seems to be a slow process. The repair won't be under guarantee - i
  22. Thanks to help from this forum I've thoroughly enjoyed using a second hand Rancilio Silvia V2 (also bought through this forum) for the past couple of years. I've upgraded the steam wand, showerhead gasket and a few other bits and pieces over that time and gotten better and better results as I've learned. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago the boiler stopped heating, and having tried the reset switch, I believe the heating element has gone. From what I've been able to gather from searching here and elsewhere, this appears to mean that the entire boiler needs replaced (pre-V3 design) and,
  23. A place to post a simple picture of or few words about something you built, moded or brought back to life today. As a huge fan of the "Postie thread" (http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?10791-What-did-the-Postie-bring-you-today) and just as huge a fan of DIY - I thought I would see if this would stick. (As cool as Posties are, making it yourself is even cooler, no?) Preferably coffee related but anything cool will do. Doesn't matter if it's simple, complex, been done a thousand times before, all fair game.
  24. Hey there, So it seems I need a new boiler for my Gaggia baby (at the moment, there's no heat at all, but everything else works). I was going to order a new boiler from Mark @ gaggiamanualservice.com. But am a little scared as I can't find any instructions online. Anyone on here done anything similar in the past?
  25. Hi, I have taken apart my Gaggia Classic and I see that water is only coming out of one of the holes in the picture below. Is this normal? If not, what is the best way to unblock these? Thanks
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