Colorado_Espresso Senior Member Joined: 28 Sep 2007 Posts: 4 Location: Colorado Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Wed Oct 21, 2009, 8:58am Subject: Need Copper Tubing for my Astoria Argenta SAE-1 JUN machine?
The tube that runs to my pressure gauge seems to leak. I looked at it and the end is damaged. There's a thin tube (copper) and a silver collar. The collar is jamed up against the end. It should allow a bit of the copper tube to protrude. Does anyone sell a kit, tools, or the raw materials to fabricate these tubes? I've seen tube bending tools for automotive applications. I couldn't find the part from espressoparts.com
koffeekev Senior Member Joined: 21 Jul 2002 Posts: 693 Location: Connecticut Expertise: Professional
Posted Sat Oct 24, 2009, 9:23am Subject: Re: Need Copper Tubing for my Astoria Argenta SAE-1 JUN machine?
Trying to find european style tubes and fittings may be a daunting task. The fitting on the gauge is different from the fitting on the pump or boiler, depending on which tube is leaking.
You could call General Espresso Equipment Company (GEEC) in North Carolina for a replacement or visit any CMA dealer. Wega, Rio, Laurentas, Formula and a couple others use the same hardware.
You could also try and teflon tape the tube end and gauge threads to see if it stops the leak. Lastly you could remove the tube and cap the boiler end. Of course you would lose the gauge but it may be a good temporary fix if the leak is severe.
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