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Roasterbob
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 6:43pm
Subject: Ascaso Boiler repair?
 

My dream machine quit halfway into an extraction today.  The on light remained lit but there was no heat to boiler.  I Checked the thermostats and both are blown (ie. not functioning).  Question to forum: Do I need to replace just the thermostats or did they blow because the boiler is shot?

Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 7:09pm
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Sounds like the heating element is fried.  How did you determine both thermostats were bad?  Check power across the terminals if there's voltage and the machine is cold, there's your answer.  If there's continuity to ground across any terminal, it's shorted out.
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Roasterbob
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Posted Thu Dec 2, 2010, 8:05pm
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Thanks for the quick reply Matt,

I checked the continuity in the thermostats and there was none. Sounds like the heating element is out.  Any suggestions?

It looks like it would be fairly easy to replace. Famous last words.  Do I ahve to replace the entire boiler or just the heating unit.
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Posted Fri Dec 3, 2010, 6:17am
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Roasterbob Said:

It looks like it would be fairly easy to replace. Famous last words.  Do I ahve to replace the entire boiler or just the heating unit.

Posted December 2, 2010 link

I'm assuming you are still using the Dream?  You'll need to replace the whole boiler assembly.  LOOK HERE.  Yes, it is easy to replace.

I believe it's the Ascaso Steel Uno/Duo with the "Proffesional Boiler" that you can replace just the heating element.
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Posted Sat Dec 4, 2010, 2:30pm
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Before replacing a costly boiler check for continuity across the heating element. If it's open it is indeed ruptured and the upper boiler half needs to be replaced. If there's continuity then the heating element is fine, and it's either not getting voltage or has no path to ground. You'd then want to look at the fusible link clipped to the top of the boiler or one of the thermostats.
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