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.
crazy4espresso Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2008 Posts: 129 Location: Toronto Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Silvia, La Pavoni... Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 6:25am 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. Read this: Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com)
stefano65 Senior Member Joined: 30 Oct 2004 Posts: 1,364 Location: Eugene OR Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Vibiemme,Elektra, Grinder: Vario,Macap, Vac Pot: not Drip: not Roaster: not
Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013, 8:13am 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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