Posted Tue May 20, 2014, 12:37pm Subject: When to replace boiler?
I removed the old insulation on my Oscar and noticed some small bulges and dents in the boiler. Is that a sign to replace the boiler or does it not affect anything? I haven't noticed any foul odors when I brew/steam, etc.
Bad pic is right. I can't make out that area at all, but if that "bulge" on the bottom is actually copper boiler material turn off the machine NOW! Unplug it NOW!
A boiler should never show a noticeable bulge, seam leak or any other deformities. The boiler is under a good bit of steam pressure, and if that were to open up it could literally rip the boiler into shrapnel for your household. We don't want that.
Take some better pictures if nobody else can diagnose from that photo. I sure can't see it well enough to make a judgement.
skydragondave Senior Member Joined: 18 Feb 2013 Posts: 168 Location: Ontario, Canada Expertise: Professional
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Posted Wed May 21, 2014, 6:11pm Subject: Re: When to replace boiler?
Nuova Distribution lists the Oscar 110V boiler p/n 73003005 at $471.50USD FOB Washington. Maybe you should take it in and have it looked at by a professional because the cost of that boiler with shipping is going to exceed the residual value of your machine.
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