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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013, 6:38am
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Are you giving the machine enough time to thermally stabilize, as in 30-45 minutes? Hot water travelling through cold parts can cool significantly.
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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013, 12:15pm
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Hey crazy4espresso,

Good suggestion. Usually it warms up at least 20 minutes as it's the first thing I turn on in the morning before hopping in the shower. I let it sit a good hour this morning and it topped out at 70 degrees.
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Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 10:42pm
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Seeing the picture I would start with replacing the crimp spade terminal on the wire. That is a Lot of resistance on the terminal, and not in the heating element. The're cheap enough. I had this problem (Overheated terminal on my de longhi.) I might even have soldered them together had I not purchased a new machine, as I found it loose again a year later.. That being said, Not quite sure what is causing your issue, as the thermostat(Assuming a klickston) is cycling, as this means the boiler is at least at temp. Another quickie.. Did you use thermal compound when you installed the new switch? THo this should cause an overtemp, and not a lack of. Good luck!
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 5:57pm
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Hello,

I have both the al boiler unit, like yours, and the brass boiler unit.

The al boiler unit is not as well built as the brass boiler unit..... although yours looks very clean and new looking, so must not have been used much.

I did a little test to see what temps I see in the cup:


Measured the water temp leaving the 2 machines....

72c, al boiler
82c, br boiler..... quite a difference!

Steam output is good.... so I guess this is the al boiler controversy?

Procedure I performed:

let heat up, maybe 10 min,

run once, portafilter on, large cup under.... measure until temp peaks.

dump water, wait for light to go out.... repeat.

The above measurements are repeatable from the second cup on...first one is
a little lower.

I would suspect you should replace that burnt connector, and lave the machine on for a little longer..... 72 C is probably what you'll end up with. plus/minus a couple of degrees.

Cheers, Scott
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 5:39pm
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Hi Scott,

Thanks for those temperature tests. I'll try re-crimping the terminal once I can get my hands on some crimps and a crimper!

Wish me luck and thanks everyone for your advice.
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