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carlastromboli
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Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 3:25pm
Subject: Steam lost in La pavoni europicola
 

Hi!
I just adquired an used La Pavoni at Ebay

I tried to use it but I noticed there's A LOT of steam coming out

Any ideas of how to solve this problem? Can I put an oring there?

Also when it's on I there's no preassure at all, preassure only rises when it on II

best!
Carla

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Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 6:27pm
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carlastromboli Said:

Any ideas of how to solve this problem? Can I put an oring there?
Also when it's on I there's no preassure at all, preassure only rises when it on II

Posted September 23, 2013 link

Depending on where the steam is escaping from, sure you can put an o-ring there. It will probably even help if there's supposed to be an o-ring there.
Does it at least get warm in position 1? If not, then one of your heating elements is probably burnt out, though you can survive by temperature surfing between off and 2 if you like.
Was it advertised as a leaking machine with only one working element? You might be better off just trying to get your money back rather than investing more into a machine that a previous owner has decided isn't worth fixing.
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carlastromboli
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 3:20am
Subject: Re: Steam lost in La pavoni europicola
 

Hi,

No it was advertised at used but in perfect working conditions :( returning is not an option since I was away from home an the period to claim to ebay has passed :(

I don't think there's supposed to be an oring there but I don't know that's why I was asking :)

best regards,
Carla
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 7:25am
Subject: Re: Steam lost in La pavoni europicola
 

I've never actually attempted to remove the steam valve body, but I believe these were screwed into the boiler.  Some thread sealant or plumber's tape should seal it, however removal might be tricky. Maybe just a bit of sealant around the outside? If you can find something clear and FOOD SAFE, it should do the trick. As for the element, inspect the wiring, then test the element with a multimeter. You'll need to see if there is resistance across the terminals for the low element (should be the two terminals closest across), then test for a short.
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 9:13am
Subject: Re: Steam lost in La pavoni europicola
 

there is a brass washer and a nut (p-42 and p-43 on our web page) that can be reached form the inside of the boiler (a pain without the special tool but you can bend a wrench to reach)
HOWEVER some boiler gets so worn that the hole is not "rounded" anymore therefor
some teflon tape might help but sometimes it might not
I suggest checking into this in case you have some time to return the unit to the seller
looking at the steam wand style your machine is not that new (I'm guessing middle 80 to middle 90's)

 
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 7:43pm
Subject: Re: Steam lost in La pavoni europicola
 

Hi,

At I, it gets warm, but the preassure never really rises as in II

I can't return it to the seller so I'm going to try to use something to cover the leak that's holds that temperature and it's safe.

thanks a lot for all the responses!

Carla
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