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Williamh
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Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 3:41am
Subject: Ascaso Boiler
 

Hi all

Would anyone have advice on how to test the boiler on an Ascaso Dream?  I understand that as the boiler doesn't refill automatically when using the steam wand there is a risk it can run dry which causes significant damage.  I've tracked down a well priced second hand machine which I can test in person, but not entirely sure how to check whether the boiler may have been damaged.

Many thanks in advance!

William
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Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 5:02am
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As far as I can tell from looking at the interwebs, the Ascaso Dream is assembled with either the old tiny brass boiler like the Inova used to have, with an external heating element press-fit around the upper half of the boiler, OR a thermoblock that they're using on newer machines.  I don't see any evidence that Ascaso Dreams ever had an immersed element that would have been sensitive to being heated dry.
Which brings us to:
Test the machine. If it heats to brewing temp and doesn't over heat when sitting idle, then the element is good.
If it has the little brass boiler and doesn't leak from any boiler connections nor from the boiler's seam, then it probably hasn't been brutally overheated.
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Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 6:10am
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Very helpful, thank you.  I'll open up the machine to check the boiler type and keep an eye on the temperature when at idle.  Much appreciated!
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