Williamh Senior Member Joined: 17 Aug 2013 Posts: 6 Location: RSA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 2:41am Subject: Ascaso Boiler
Would anyone have advice on how to test the boiler on an Ascaso Dream? I understand that as the boiler doesn't refill automatically when using the steam wand there is a risk it can run dry which causes significant damage. I've tracked down a well priced second hand machine which I can test in person, but not entirely sure how to check whether the boiler may have been damaged.
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 510 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 Sat May 17, 2014, 4:02am Subject: Re: Ascaso Boiler
As far as I can tell from looking at the interwebs, the Ascaso Dream is assembled with either the old tiny brass boiler like the Inova used to have, with an external heating element press-fit around the upper half of the boiler, OR a thermoblock that they're using on newer machines. I don't see any evidence that Ascaso Dreams ever had an immersed element that would have been sensitive to being heated dry. Which brings us to: Test the machine. If it heats to brewing temp and doesn't over heat when sitting idle, then the element is good. If it has the little brass boiler and doesn't leak from any boiler connections nor from the boiler's seam, then it probably hasn't been brutally overheated.
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