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yorel1
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 7:18pm
Subject: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

Hi All,

My Brasilia Club pump is playing up. It starts off noisy then is just a hum. It doesn't appear to be producing any pressure.

Does anyone know how to test the pump?
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 6:00am
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

Is this with an empty group head or do you have coffee in the basket in the PF?

 
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yorel1
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 1:07pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

Thanks for your reply calblacksmith.


Both with grinds in the basket group head or without the grouphead at all.

The pump will run when filling the boiler & or getting hot water from the steam/hot water wand.
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yorel1
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 8:42pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

Lastest update:

I have:
taken apart the solenoid valve & cleaned it with citric acid
taken apart the boiler & cleaned it with citric acid.
Used air tool to run some air through group head.

There is still a blockage.

Water will flow through the top hole in the solenoid mount and out the grouphead & vice versa but not  through inside pipe group hole to grouphead.

Theory?? : I'm suspecting when in brew mode the pressure should force the water up the boiler and down the inside pipe group (missing in picture as I took it off to clean it) to exit out the grouphead?

Any suggestions? Will descaler work better than citric acid?

Now I just have to work out how to add a picture that is small enough!
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 10:37am
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

sorry, I have been away for a while.
It sounds like you have isolated the blockage to the GH if I understand what you are saying.
I don't know if you will be able to clear it with citric acid, you might need to remove the GH and disassemble to mechanically clear any blockage.

 
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yorel1
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 7:36pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

Have some photos now!

yorel1: side view brasilia boiler bottom half.JPG
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yorel1
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 7:37pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

photo2

yorel1: Bottom half Brasilia club boiler.JPG
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yorel1
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 7:37pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

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yorel1
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Roaster: Going to try popcorn maker...
Posted Mon Oct 29, 2012, 4:18pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

I managed to clear the blockage! I'm soooo happy.  The blockage was within the grouphead. I'll post photos soon.  Now to reassembling & replacing gaskets etc......
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Oct 30, 2012, 9:36am
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club Pump problems
 

GREAT!
Keep us in the loop when it is back together!

 
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