yerushalmi Senior Member Joined: 15 Jul 2008 Posts: 71 Location: Jerusalem Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Brasilia Mini Classic, 30... Grinder: Accaso i-mini
Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 12:27am Subject: boiler light flashing intermittently - How to fix?
Please see attached video. Is there an easy way that I can fix the boiler going off and on like this? Or do I need to send it in to the repair shop? Many thanks in advance. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jcawjmn8wbmi25p/20140406_103024.mp4
DavecUK Senior Member Joined: 21 Sep 2005 Posts: 1,469 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 2:32am Subject: Re: boiler light flashing intermittently - How to fix?
Hopefully it's just a bad connection somewhere, probably at the back of the neon light that's flickering, if it's not there it will be around the pressurestat, any relay or possibly the heating element. If it's in the high amperage area of the circuit, look for any signs of overheating on the plastic spade connector covers.
I'm hopping the hissing was either you with the steam wand cracked open a pressure cooker or a video sound artifact....if not, check your vaccum breaker and Safety Valve isn't leaking.
DeanOK Senior Member Joined: 24 Sep 2012 Posts: 744 Location: OK Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 8:03am Subject: Re: boiler light flashing intermittently - How to fix?
If your pilot lamp has an NE2 Neon bulb inside of the lamp assembly, they can flicker after they get old. They can even become photosensitive to light and dark. NE2 bulbs have been used for several decades in pilot lamp assemblies because of their long life, but I think it is fair to say that LED technology is taking over in terms of longevity. If the voltage to the bulb is stable, you simply need to replace the pilot lamp assembly. Just choose a pilot lamp that will fit the hole and match the applied voltage.
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