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whitehawk
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Location: Bellingham, WA
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Espresso: ECM Giotto Classic, NS Appia
Grinder: Baratza Forte
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Oct 29, 2012, 12:46pm
Subject: ECM Giotto Classic - vacuum breaker replacement (or O-ring?)
 

So my vacuum breaker started hissing at me a week or so ago.  I went ahead and descaled the machine in the hopes that maybe that would fix it, then disassembled the breaker and soaked in a citric acid solution over-night, but its still hissing.  I know replacements aren't terribly expensive, but I though the o-ring is probably what needs to be replaced (not much to go wrong elsewhere, right?).  Does anyone know where I could get any to attempt replacing the old one?

Thank you!

 
-Josh
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Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket...
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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2012, 9:12pm
Subject: Re: ECM Giotto Classic - vacuum breaker replacement (or O-ring?)
 

Only since no one else has responded, I'll give you my bad advice followed by the good advice...
Take the valve apart, being sure not to let the tiny circlip fly across the room.  Swear when the circlip flies across the room.
Carefully roll the o-ring out of it's groove and off the valve, then reinstall it upside-down with a rub of food-grade grease.

It might last a month, so look for a parts place... because here's the good advice.
You will need to replace that o-ring, I have no idea where to get it in washington, but maybe you'll find someone local.  Anything that is so close that you can't see a difference should work.
Else, you could just replace the vacuumbreaker with any you can find from any parts store, so long as the threads are the same. (Very standard to most HE machines).

I know this advice isn't very useful. Maybe a Washington person with a good parts link will take it from here.
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whitehawk
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Joined: 20 Dec 2006
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Location: Bellingham, WA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Giotto Classic, NS Appia
Grinder: Baratza Forte
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2012, 8:21pm
Subject: Re: ECM Giotto Classic - vacuum breaker replacement (or O-ring?)
 

I very much appreciate you taking the time to respond - thank you. Working on getting several replacement parts ATM, I think the vacuum breaker will be the only easy one. =)

 
-Josh
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