mike9186 Senior Member Joined: 14 Jul 2005 Posts: 2 Location: New York City Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jul 17, 2005, 7:15am Subject: Francis X1 leaking between body of machine and head unit
I have owned and used a Francis X1 daily for a little over a year and it has recently developed a problem. Whenever I pack a solid amount of grounds in the portafilter, the machine will leak badly at the seam between the chromed Head unit (??? not sure of the real name) and the body of the machine. If I pack a more modest shot and do not tamp down too hard, it works fine.
I opened the front of the machine (where the switches are) to see if there was a leaky gasket between the boiler and head unit, but I couldn't really discern anything. The leak seems to happen somewhere below the boiler. Also, I descaled the unit, but the leakiness remains.
Is this a defect or am I asking too much of the X1 and it has a pressure release when it can't pass the water through the grounds. FWIW I use the Lavazza expresso ground in the black can (because they are cheap, easy to find and they make a nice crema for me).
Any insight in this problem is greatly appreciated. I do not want to send it to Francis Francis because I do not have a backup machine.
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