Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 7:21pm Subject: Caravel, no espresso
crisis! my caravel just crapped out on me! I cleaned it, reassembled and now the power light or element won't come on. Is there a way to test the wiring to see if I have a short? I don't have a volt meter, but I do have a little gadget you stick in an outlet and it lights up if the wiring is "hot". I had a new 220V outlet installed and a new plug (original wouldn't fit out 220 outlet) adapted by an electrician. It's worked fine for almost a year. I think if it were the element, the power light would still come on, but the element wouldn't get hot? Is there a reset button, and what is the function of the power button when you "push" on it vs turning it right or left?
Posted Wed Jun 11, 2014, 4:26pm Subject: Re: Caravel, no espresso
I talked to my electrician and my 220v breaker tripped. He thinks the heating element in the Caravel is going out, which caused the GFCI to trip. Any one else experience something similar when the heating element starts to go bad?
Posted Thu Jun 12, 2014, 9:35am Subject: Re: Caravel, no espresso
Quickest way to know is to pick up that cheap little multimeter at your local True Value. Set it to read resistance (Ohms) and check between the terminals of the disconnected heating element. A reading of zero means a short, which would blow a breaker. A reading of infinity means a open circuit, which means no current flow, no heat. A reading of greater than zero but less than infinity means the element should be working and you need to look elsewhere for the problem.
The big one won't affect when you push it. But the small one on the top will stop heating when you push it. If you want to make the thermostat is not the reason stopping the heat, turn the big one clockwise and turn the small one counterclockwise.
thx everyone for your replies. I was able to fix my Caravel with some help from Francesco and his post, which I hope will help others in a similar fix. If the link doesn't work, try searching his website for how to repair a short in the heating element, or contact him directly.
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