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nicktmro
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 1:49am
Subject: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Hi all,

Long time lurker first time poster :-)

I just made the jump and bought an Isomac Tea and I noticed a small leak under the coffee machine. I emailed the retailer but haven't heard back yet. Basically after I brew my coffee I noticed that the coffee machine drips for a while from underneath the bottom plate (see attached pic).

I'm thinking I will take the cover off and have a look but I figured I would ask you guys first. When I bought my cold water dispensing fridge this was expected behaviour for the first couple of days (something to do with its valve).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers, Nick

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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 3:08am
Subject: Re: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Hi.
The machine shouldn't leak.
Is it from the fresh water feed or is it from the drip tray?
If it is plumbed in, your drain line might be kinked or it might not have enough slope to drain properly.

You really didn't give us much info to work with and the pic is really hard to see anything.

 
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nicktmro
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 1:27pm
Subject: Re: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Hi again,

Fair comment. I should have clarified the problem a bit. Basically the leak is coming from behind the hot water dispenser.

Here's a video I prepared earlier.

Also, the machine is not plumbed.

Cheers, Nick
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 3:39pm
Subject: Re: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Not normal, you can try to tighten the brass nut a bit which may seal the leak.

WS
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 4:57pm
Subject: Re: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Hi again,

I tightened the brass nut and tried using the machine straight after. There was still a noticeable leak. A few hours later I made another coffee and when I checked for the leak I couldn't believe my eyes: it had stopped leaking. I used the coffee machine 2 or 3 times since and it looks like the tightening the nut did the the job. I left a paper towel underneath and it's as dry as it was when I tore it off the roll :-)

Thanks all,
Nick
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 7:15am
Subject: Re: New Isomac Tea - Leak or Normal?
 

Glad you were able to stop the leak with just tightening, sometimes loosening the nut and wrapping the threads with plumbers tape and retightening will also seal the leak. The TEA with good fresh beans is capable of making awesome syrupy shots.

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