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JohnLyn
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 10:24pm
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

Try pulling the filter out of the tank, hose and all and see what that does.

What water do you use, do you use a filter and when did you last replace it?
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 6:12am
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

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uscfroadie Said:

Nope.   No dual pumps.  If the brew path was blocked you'd hear a ramp up in pressure, which I don't.  Could just be a vibe pump on the fritz, which is an easy swap.

Posted October 28, 2013 link

Yeah, I hope that's it.  I don't mind replacing a pump.


JohnLyn Said:

Try pulling the filter out of the tank, hose and all and see what that does.

What water do you use, do you use a filter and when did you last replace it?

Posted October 28, 2013 link

I use filtered but non-softened water.  At least that's what I've used until recently since I've had a house softening system installed.  

The machine doesn't get daily use.  I turn it on most weekend mornings to make a latte and that's it.  So I'd say at MOST it's on 2 hours a week.  I've never descaled it, but the Minis have a sealed boiler.  There are some tutorials, but ,Click Here (cremina-endo.blogspot.com)]the dang thing is major surgery!

The in-tank filter looks fine, and the hoses look perfect, but I will remove them completely and give it a go.  I don't really need it since I'm using filtered water anyways.  Thanks for the ideas, I'll try it tonight and let you guys know.  :)

 
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 6:40am
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

I watched the vid, it looks like a vibe pump. A valve in the pump could be bad or something else but a pump is an easy swap and not very expensive either.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 4:50pm
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

JohnLyn Said:

Try pulling the filter out of the tank, hose and all and see what that does.

Posted October 28, 2013 link

Ok, problem solved.  Turns out the in-tank filter was the problem.  I didn't even try to remove it to see if that was the issue.  I removed it and viola! It worked!

Thank you all for your troubleshooting guidance.  


On a side note, I have a local plumber who is going to install an under-sink 5-stage RO filtration system so I can plumb in my R58 when it arrives.  Aww, yeah!

 
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Posted Thu Oct 31, 2013, 9:18pm
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bamaster Said:

Ok, problem solved.  Turns out the in-tank filter was the problem.  I didn't even try to remove it to see if that was the issue.  I removed it and viola! It worked!

Thank you all for your troubleshooting guidance.  


On a side note, I have a local plumber who is going to install an under-sink 5-stage RO filtration system so I can plumb in my R58 when it arrives.  Aww, yeah!

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Sweet on the repair and sweet on the new machine!
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Posted Sun Nov 17, 2013, 2:40pm
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R58 uff,  Overkiller!!!

Are you going to sell that Big obnoxious paperweight?
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Posted Sun Nov 17, 2013, 9:35pm
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Posted Mon Nov 18, 2013, 7:45am
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

bamaster Said:

Ok, problem solved.  Turns out the in-tank filter was the problem.  I didn't even try to remove it to see if that was the issue.  I removed it and viola! It worked!

Thank you all for your troubleshooting guidance.  


On a side note, I have a local plumber who is going to install an under-sink 5-stage RO filtration system so I can plumb in my R58 when it arrives.  Aww, yeah!

Posted October 29, 2013 link

Unless you add back in minerals, RO water is TOO pure, it will taste flat and the electronic auto fill will not operate properly, it needs to conduct electric power to sense water level. RO water does not conduct electric power, it is too pure.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 18, 2013, 12:24pm
Subject: Re: Mini Vivaldi brewhead flow problem (w/ video)
 

julito Said:

R58 uff,  Overkiller!!!

Are you going to sell that Big obnoxious paperweight?

Posted November 17, 2013 link

Yeah, I need to sell it.  It's sitting on my dining table at the moment.  I don't want to empty the boilers so I'm going to see if there's any interest locally.


calblacksmith Said:

Unless you add back in minerals, RO water is TOO pure, it will taste flat and the electronic auto fill will not operate properly, it needs to conduct electric power to sense water level. RO water does not conduct electric power, it is too pure.

Posted November 18, 2013 link

Yes, I discovered that before making my purchase.  So I just bought the 10" carbon filter from Chris' Coffee.  Gets delivered today.  I should be good.

 
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