SoapLady Senior Member Joined: 19 Nov 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Jacksonville, IL Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 8:37am Subject: Espresso Machine is Leaking!!! PLEASE HELP!!
I bought an espresso machine off Ebay and hooked it up yesterday to find thats its spraying water everywhere :( Does anyone know why this is happening??? Is there a gasket problem? Corrosion? Please help. Anything I can do? What needs replaced? Thoughts?
Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 10:24am Subject: Re: Espresso Machine is Leaking!!! PLEASE HELP!!
1 - it would help if we knew what model, manufacturer, and year/age the machine was. 2 - it is clear that you are not experienced working with mechanical devices. Because there is danger inherent in steam boilers, and this machine is showing signs of scaling, I would recommend having it gone through by someone with experience.
Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 12:53pm Subject: Re: Espresso Machine is Leaking!!! PLEASE HELP!!
Check the scale buildup on the top of the boiler around the base of that fitting as well as the scale on the pump. I think this machine was in need of service a long time ago. I can only imagine what the inside of the boiler looks like, let alone whether the heating element has failed, or is about to.
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 518 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 8:05pm Subject: Re: Espresso Machine is Leaking!!! PLEASE HELP!!
That fitting (At red circle) is the cap on (One of) your heat exchanger(s). If the only leak is just there under the cap, remove it, replace the gasket which will either be a crushable copper ring or a teflon gasket.
Ryebread119 Senior Member Joined: 30 Jul 2013 Posts: 21 Location: Maine Expertise: Pro Barista
Espresso: Elektra Sixties Grinder: Mazzer Mini Drip: Chemex
Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 8:21pm Subject: Re: Espresso Machine is Leaking!!! PLEASE HELP!!
I'm actually having the exact same problem. Heat exchangers (especially those plumbed into the system) are very hard to descale. Best thing to do is to remove that cap (it's either a 12 or 14 hex key, metric), clean it out, and add some Teflon tape. If that doesn't keep it from leaking, you'll need to order a new piece. Next thing is to get rid of the calcium/lime build up. I would definitely hire a professional to at least walk you through this the first time...it's not easy and you could potentially do a lot of damage (to it or your house). Then, before using it, make sure it gets hooked up with a water softening/filter system. Without it, you'll be back in the same puddle in a few short weeks. Good luck, and let us know how it works out!
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