FoundlingOfDollar Senior Member Joined: 25 Jun 2013 Posts: 8 Location: Edwardsville, IL Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 9:59am Subject: Elektra Not Priming
Hey all, I bought a used Microcasa Semiautomatica from 1st-Line and got it yesterday. I have not been able to fill the boiler.
When it arrived it had quite a bit of frozen ice on it. I filled the tank, turned the machine on and held down the boiler fill button. The level of the tank did not visibly decrease and no water came into the sight glass. I had to leave for a dinner so I turned it off and left. When I came home the sight glass showed half full, but the tank did not look any/much lower than it was when I left. I filled the tank with descaling solution, turned the machine on and held down the boiler fill button. The sight glass did not fill, and in fact lowered when I pressed the button. It heated up and reached pressure, the steam wand put out dry (but smelly, the descaler I hope) steam. When I sent water to the grouphead it would start out with what felt to me like a low volume of water, then taper off to a meager drizzle. I tried several times running the pump for 45 seconds then resting the pump for a minute, but there was no increase in flow. The pump sound gets pretty loud and buzzy after 20 or so seconds of holding either button. After a long rest I got bold and held the boiler fill button for 2 minutes, but still nothing.
I'm just not sure that the pump is priming or the machine getting water and am afraid I will burn out my boiler if I keep trying. I don't know if the sight glass was partially filled when I got home because I had filled it or because there had been ice in the boiler.
Please advise on what I need to do to get this machine up and running.
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