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olaboss
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 1:29pm
Subject: Re: Rancilio Sylvia - Getting hot water, but no steam
 

I realize that this post is old, but I though I could add to the knowledge base on this subject. To my utter devastation, my own machine did the same thing last weekend. No steam. I read this thread and started my search for the problem. Took off the top plate and started loosening all the electrical terminals one by one and put them back immediately. I often do this when I work on vehicles. That fixed the problem!! Yay! All it was, was a terminal with a bad connection.
So this is my suggestion if someone experience the same problem, try this first and if that doesn't fix it, continue to follow suggestions above.
Thanks!
Ola
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 1:58pm
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Is there a possibility that the root of the problem was a tripped thermostat, and that it was inadvertently (or intentionally) reset during the course of the work you did?  If you bumped into the little red button on the safety thermostat you could have reset it.

Secondly, if the problem was a loose connection, then it would probably be wise to replace the crimp connector.  There are many reports of these connectors loosening with age, probably associated with the thermal cycling.  If they are loose, then the connection has higher resistance than desired.  The higher resistance generates heat, which in turn can destroy the insulation on the wires, which in turn can lead to short circuits, sparks, and smoke.

In any event, glad to hear you have it fixed.

Jim
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olaboss
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 8:10pm
Subject: Re: Rancilio Sylvia - Getting hot water, but no steam
 

Hello Jim,
Yes I believe that may have been a possibility. I know I have forgotten to turn it off some times and I think that it could have over-heated and perhaps that was what happened. I wish there was a simple timer that one could use that would turn off the power after 30-40 minutes. They had those kind of spring loaded timers in a home for mentally challenged people where I worked once. I guess they are used in homes of elderly people also. Very simple but effective. It is so easy to forget to turn the darn thing off every morning. Now I say out loud "off" when I have cleaned the machine and turn it off. I guess I am getting old :-)
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 9:19pm
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olaboss Said:

I guess I am getting old :-)

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A great habit, if you ask me.

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