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ejdolly
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 5:33am
Subject: Delonghi EC155 green light turns off after ~10 seconds
 

Hello,

I have a Delonghi EC155 espresso maker that I got used and have descaled within the past week.  I had always been able to get a shot out of one "cycle" of the heating pump, but now, after the green "ready" light is on and I've turned the switch to brew, after about ten seconds the green light turns off and the pressure drops significantly.  I've tested this without the portafilter and coffee at all, and barely any water comes out, starting at around 8-10 seconds and the light turns off.

My current solution is to turn it on and let it heat up for a while (10-30 mins), running it with just water a few times as well, THEN pouring the real shot.

Is this a problem with the pump of do I need to descale again?  Could it be something with power supply too?  Many thanks,

Eli
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 6:44am
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Elijah
Welcome to the board.

That is a very inexpensive machine, only $87 new.

Even if you find the issue, it is likely that it will cost more to repair than you could replace it with another used machine, I would guess $20, if that.

If it has introduced you to Espresso and you really like it, perhaps it is time to move "up the ladder" so to speak and get a real espresso setup. That machine uses a pressurized PF, it is designed to let you use pre ground, stale coffee and still get "something" that resembles (but is NOT) espresso. The temp regulation on it is very poor and that makes it very hard to get anything consistently.

A starter setup, that is a grinder, machine and tamper, rock bottom, new is in the $400 range and up for anything that comes close to espresso.

I'm  sure that is not what you wanted to hear.

OH, btw, any machine takes about half an hour to come up to temp, forget the "ready" light, the rest of the machine is cold, it ALL needs to get to a stable temp.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 8:33am
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I have owned the EC155 myself but have never this problem.  This could be caused by many things like a spent/damaged element, gasket.  If you bought the machine used it may be dying on you.  These machines are pretty much built to be disposable.  Use for a few years and throw away.  I agree with calblacksmith I would just replace it.  Also the EC155 is built not to be descaled.  The cost of say a Gaggia espresso machine is $200-$350 depending on the model. What grinder are you currently using
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 9:38am
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Thank you both for the quick reply!

Yeah, I knew it was cheap and am saving up what I can to put towards an upgrade, especially in the way of the grinder (still using a timed blade grinder that I swirl/shake while it's going to even things out a little more), but was hoping I could coax more from what I have.  That is good news about all machines requiring time to come up to temp, but I suppose I can't COMPLETELY cheap out on everything and get anything worthwhile :/

So my next step would either be to get a cheap replacement EC155, or the next steps up I was looking most seriously at were a Gaggia Baby/Classic and a Baratza Virtuoso/Rancilio Rocky?
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 10:22am
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Yeah the Classic + Virtuoso would be a nice set up for a lower budget.  My only upset is that the Classic doesn't have  a multi directional arm.  If your not a big steamer then this set up would please you greatly!.

You are looking at around $600 for the set up new.  If you contact Baratza and Crossland you may be able to get a refurbed CC1 + Baratza grinder for maybe $100 more.  :)
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 3:23pm
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I'm not :)

And you guys are really making me want to go ahead with an upgrade...my girlfriend and bank account will not be happy...
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 4:31pm
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Girl friends may come and go but espresso is forever

Well, maneuver not. Lol

 
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