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lparsons21
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Posted Tue Mar 11, 2014, 11:28am
Subject: Izzo Alex HX - 7 years later
 

Been gone from here a long time, but after doing some repairs on my Alex I thought I'd come back and post my experience with my now 7 year old HX Alex.

It has almost always been the good!  Made a change a few years ago to an SSR because I was going through power relays at about a 9-12 month per relay pace.  The SSR provided a couple things, one is that it has been in there for about 4 years with nary an issue and two, it quiets the standby operation as you don't hear the relatively noisy clicks of the power relay.

Repairs have been few.  The Pstat and Geicar unit needed replacing about 4 years in as well as the pressure relief(?) thingie on the top of the boiler.  And just a few months ago the heating coil had finally decided it needed to be replaced.  Chris Coffee provided the tech support and products to fix it with and I'm very pleased with their support even on a machine this old.

This old girl still just sits there doing its job day after day!  I can't really express how happy I am that I got it and how few issues that have shown up over the years.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 11, 2014, 5:55pm
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I am glad to hear this, I have had an Alex II for just about a year and a half with good luck so far.

It doesn't seem like you hear much about the HX Alexs, maybe they are kinda overshadowed by the Duetto and all the other new DBs that have came out in the recent years.

Thanks for the update.
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lparsons21
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Posted Tue Mar 11, 2014, 6:41pm
Subject: Re: Izzo Alex HX - 7 years later
 

Yeah, the dual boilers seem to have taken the high end of the market.  There were a very few when I bought my Alex, and I mean very few at somewhat reasonable pricepoints.  The Brewtus(?) is the only one that comes to mind.

But since my Alex is holding up to the test of time, there is no reason to not think the later models will too.

As a note, when I pulled the heating coil out I was surprised at how clean the inside of the boiler and element were.  Very little scale at all.

 
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:47am
Subject: Re: Izzo Alex HX - 7 years later
 

I had a HX Alex for years, eventually sold it, because I had other machines and needed to make room. Good simple construction, easy to repair, relatively bulletproof. Your Gicar may have failed early (because they should last 10+ years easy), due to it's positioning within the machine. early models (which yours might well be), had the gicar mounted in what I felt was not an optimum place. i did tell Izzo and in later models they relocated the gicar unit.

http://coffeetime.wikidot.com/gruppo-izzo

Check the link out and you should find lot's of custom modifications for early Izzo Alex HX machines. Not just the Gicar one, but if you had a really early machine, some had the motor mounted directly to the frame and there is a fairly easy way to add some aspect of isolation mounting to the motor without having to strip the machine right down.

It's also worth mentioning that you can also convert these to electronic low water detection and use a taller tank to hold more water, by using the same technique as on the Duetto.

Click Here (coffeetime.wikidot.com)

The good thing about the Alex, is you could still be using it in 10 years time, with only minimal maintenance outlay, the bad thing is, you don't get an excuse to buy a new machine, because yours has worn out....great HX machines....just keep an eye on the 1 way valve and make sure you use decent water, especially if it's running from a tank, because they have a tendencey to leak back due to limescale.
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lparsons21
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 1:12pm
Subject: Re: Izzo Alex HX - 7 years later
 

Yeah, mine was one of the early ones that Chris Coffee handled.  Bought in Dec 2006.

And you are right, the Geicar is in a bad spot, too high up in the back, letting it get too warm.  I noticed that on the newer ones it is lower down around the same place.  I'll take a look and see if I can figger a new way to mount it.

The motor on mine is plenty quiet enough and at the very least, I'm used to it anyway.

Mine has been plumbed in almost since the day I bought it, that was one of the big plusses to me, especially since it could be non-plumbed quite easily.  But after hauling it on a couple of trips, I decided that it just too damned heavy to want to move it around.  And at 70+, I'm not the spry guy I once was!!  :)  My plumbed water supply is dual-filtered which probable explains the lack of much scale at all in the boiler.  That was one plus to having to change the heating coil, I could peer inside and check things out.

I consider one Geicar, one heating coil, one SSR and a couple check valves to be very minimal maintenance after all these years.  It is the one big thing that keeps me from getting the new machine bug, or at least letting it bite me!

Thanks for the comments, links and suggestions.  Always appreciated.

 
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