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mbwest
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Posted Fri Sep 3, 2010, 5:28pm
Subject: New Simonelli Oscar -- is small but constant steam leakage normal?
 

Hello,

I'm very happy with my brand new Simonelli Oscar, however I am curious to know whether it is normal for this machine to bleed a small amount of steam and water through the steam wand when it is left switched on with the steam knob in the closed position.
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Posted Fri Sep 3, 2010, 5:40pm
Subject: Re: New Simonelli Oscar -- is small but constant steam leakage normal?
 

Mine does not do that, never has. After it warms for a few minutes, I open up the steam wand to bleed off any pressure, then shut the knob down again to finish heating. I LOVE my Oscar.
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Posted Fri Sep 3, 2010, 9:51pm
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it's not normal. there is something in the steam valve under the valve seat.
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mbwest
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Posted Fri Sep 3, 2010, 11:10pm
Subject: Re: New Simonelli Oscar -- is small but constant steam leakage normal?
 

amerc Said:

it's not normal. there is something in the steam valve under the valve seat.

Posted September 3, 2010 link

Amerc,

Thank you. Is this something that's easily fixed by the average klutz (myself) or does it require a qualified technician?
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mbwest
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Posted Sun Apr 20, 2014, 10:22pm
Subject: Re: New Simonelli Oscar -- is small but constant steam leakage normal?
 

Better late than never, I guess. The follow up to this is that I took the leaky Oscar in for service and they replaced the steam washer. It seems, ah,  "unfortunate" that such an obvious problem would exist right out of the box, but the good news is Oscar has been running fine for the past 3+ years with no further problems. Had one maintenance service about halfway through that period.
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