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Posted Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:17am
Subject: Saeco Rio Vapore - Did I kill the pump?
 

My several week effort to get my old, but barely used machine up and running hit another snag.  I was following the procedure to alleviate vapor lock outlined in the Starbucks FAQ's (fill tank, turn on machine, immediately open steam wand, run for 2 minutes, then push brewing button and run for 2 minutes, then turn off brewing button and run 2 more minutes through steam wand).  I opened the steam wand for 2 minutes, but one minute into having both steam wand and brew button open, the motor suddenly got very quiet, making only a humming sound, and stopped pumping water through the steam wand.  Now when I turn the machine on, it only makes that quiet humming sound with no water moving.  At one point it made the very loud sound for about 2 seconds, but then reverted to the quiet hum.  Is the pump now super vapor-locked, or have I somehow wrecked it?  If I haven't wrecked it, how do I get it back to normal?  Any help greatly appreciated.







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Posted Sat Jun 30, 2012, 2:22pm
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Oops.  I see I posted this to the wrong forum.  Sorry everybody.
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Posted Sat Jun 30, 2012, 2:41pm
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Pnwskier Said:

Oops.  I see I posted this to the wrong forum.  Sorry everybody.

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Larry, no worries! I'll move it.

Regarding your problem, the steam wand only needs to be open for a few seconds.
I'm wondering if the continuous ,pump on may have fried it.
If so, these machines are readily available, including a removal of the "crema enhancer' or perhaps a normal PF and basket for $75 to $100.
Not worth repairing, or replacing anything, IMO. YMMV.
Another member may have a more hopeful, and perhaps more CORRECT respond se.
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Posted Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:42pm
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Thanks for moving the post.  I am now getting a little flow out of the steam wand, and it has erupted a couple of times with the loud vibrating noise when I've forced water through the pump, so I don't think I've completely killed it.  I know it probably isn't even worth the time I've put into it now, and I should move on to a new and more modern machine, but I just can't bring myself to scrap it.  So I'm not ready to give up, but I'm getting close.
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