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drdreydel
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:08am
Subject: Bezzera BZ07 buttons getting stuck
 

I've had my machine for about 15 months now and recently both the brew and power buttons have been getting stuck when pressed after they click into place. The Bezerra has push button style switches which I was afraid would be more prone to failure than say a lever or a the flip style switches on other machines.  At any rate, do I need to replace the switches or can I try to somehow lubricate the switches? Has anyone else had this problem?
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:34am
Subject: Re: Bezzera BZ07 buttons getting stuck
 

I have a similar machine (Livia 90S) which, after 9 years of service, has begun to exhibit the same symptom, though only in the power button.  This seems odd, because the machine is on a timer so the power button gets little use.  At least it is more or less stuck in the on position, so the machine is usable.

I have no solution, only a similar problem.  I was thinking that when I get a chance, I will check the Pasquini site for price/availability of these switches.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:41am
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The Bez switches are pretty cheap at 1st-line , just $8 per switch. I just want to know if there's a maintenance type solution vs having to replace the switches all the time.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 8:56am
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The 1st line site says that cheap bez switch will also fit the Livia.  The site also lists a Livia switch that looks very similar for $37, although it doesn't mention that it will fit the Bezzera.  Error, markup difference, or is the Livia switch of higher quality?  If so, it would be worth it (to me) to pay more for a part that would last much longer.

Sounds like a question for Jim at 1st line.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 7:54pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera BZ07 buttons getting stuck
 

drdreydel Said:

The Bez switches are pretty cheap at 1st-line , just $8 per switch. I just want to know if there's a maintenance type solution vs having to replace the switches all the time.

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Remove the offending switch(es). Blast them with an electrical contact cleaner/lubricant (Aerosol water-displacer with isopropyl and lithium) One type. Reinstall the switch and see if it's better.  I've gotten switches in terrible/humid/dusty abuse locations to rejuvenate to less than 0.02 ohms and function smoothly again many times with a simple cleaning. Most last for a couple more years. Some only last a month or aren't repairable at all, but it is worth the couple minutes it takes.
When re-assembling, be sure the switch isn't being crushed by things around it which could be distorting the shape of its plastic housing when hot. Also be sure it isn't rubbing against the body or something else that might be the cause for sticking.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 9:29am
Subject: Re: Bezzera BZ07 buttons getting stuck
 

bmorton Said:

The 1st line site says that cheap bez switch will also fit the Livia.  The site also lists a Livia switch that looks very similar for $37, although it doesn't mention that it will fit the Bezzera.  Error, markup difference, or is the Livia switch of higher quality?  If so, it would be worth it (to me) to pay more for a part that would last much longer.

Sounds like a question for Jim at 1st line.

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I would suggest cleaning the switch as already suggested.

Actually, there is a mark up issue with a lot of Bezzera parts, in general. I had a former employee and he/she was making a lot of errors on parts prices at our loss. Unfortunately, I am catching errors on a case by case basis where he/she put parts prices below our actual total cost and this one of them. Out of fairness, I will honor this price for over the weekend. However, come Monday, we will have to raise the price.

We buy Bezzera switches directly from Bezzera. Therefore, they usually are cheaper than Pasquini because there is one less middleman in the supply chain. In most cases, the actual source of many parts is from the same or similar suppliers. However, sometimes the opposite effect occurs when we bring a few parts in via airfreight and the freight costs account for driving up the price of the part.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 10:15am
Subject: Re: Bezzera BZ07 buttons getting stuck
 

Thanks, Jim and SStones.  I'll try cleaning/lubricating the switch before ordering a new one.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 10:25am
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Ditto for me. Thanks Jim!
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