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plodder627
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Posted Sat Apr 2, 2011, 9:10pm
Subject: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

Hi, I have had a Rancilio Silvia now for 4 yrs. The model I purchased has a  chrome plated plastic group head cover. The chrome has been peeling off for some time and really detracts from the look of the machine. I bought a new cover thinking it would be easy to replace - I think I was wrong. The screws that hold the cover in place can't easily be accessed without taking the whole unit completely apart. I was wondering if anyone has tried, or knows how, to replace the cover? It looks like it will be a major job to dissemble the unit. Has anyone else experienced this?
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V65Magnafan
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:16am
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I notice that plodder never got an answer, so I thought I'd re-activate the thread.

I also want to replace my Silvia group cover. It appears that it has two or maybe three mounting points. Before I take the unit apart, does anyone have an easy technique to replace the cover?

Thanks in advance.

 
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:49am
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

If this is the cover you are talking about, the only way I know to get access is to remove the boiler like it has been here. It isn't a hard job but it may be a bigger one than you want to get intol. I just cleaned this one and put it back, it was in good shape and was not removed from the group head.

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V65Magnafan
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 11:58am
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Thanks!

Actually, it's the decorative chrome-covered plastic cover of the group head. The bottom edge gets worn and peels, exposing the yellow plastic underneath.

 
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 6:09am
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

I was always taking the groupheads off anyway during a rebuild etc etc

but yes the PLASTIC cover (not the metal one showed from Wayne)
however it can be done without removing the lower grouphead half from the frame:
unscrew the 2 screws from the upper panel (below the switches)
gently pry the metal flat piece up, the plastic one will disengage,
do the opposite to replace with the new one.
take a little patience but is faster and less troublesome then having to remove the boiler,

for the older version in metal the all boiler assembly needs to come off

 
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V65Magnafan
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 12:27pm
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Perfect, Stefano!

I was hoping something similar to what you describe would be the solution.

I'll give it a try after it cools down.

Thanks.

 
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Posted Fri May 24, 2013, 2:35pm
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

Just a followup.

I replaced both the portafilter gasket and the head shroud.

The gasket was quite dried out, and its nesting area needed a good cleaning.

The espresso tastes delicious now, the portafilter seats properly, and the unit looks new again.

I think I'll have to replace the gasket every few months instead of five years, LOL.

Thanks for all the help.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:40am
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

My Rancilio Silvia bought in 2010 also has a deteriorating plastic "chrome" grouphead cover. I can order another one from 1st Appliance for $25 or so, but is there a better solution, some metal replacement I can install and not face this again in another three years. A plastic coated grouphead cover, with all that heat and moisture that is exposed to, is doomed to fail.  This is otherwise a finely built solid machine. Why did they get cheap with this important visible part?
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V65Magnafan
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:49am
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

Good question.
The rest of the machine is well built and will last for many years.
Can a qualified engineer answer the question?
My only guess--and I'm not an engineer: it might have something to do with heat transmission. The plastic absorb much of the brewing heat in that area, making it less likely that the user will burn fingers. Just a guess.

Fortunately, we can do these repairs ourselves. On the other hand, a certain Cuisinart North-American Style coffee drip machine would also last indefinitely, except for a small length of "food quality" synthetic tubing that fails after several years. A replacement part is not available, and hunting down a substitute--and buying the amount required to install the few inches of tubing replacement is not cost/time effective.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 22, 2014, 4:00am
Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
 

Hey guys,

Maybe i'm being a bit naive here but here goes, maybe you can help me.

I remember that the pre 2009 Rancilio has a metal surround for the head. These are available as spares. I have the one with the plastic surround that, no surprise here, is due for a replacement. Would it be possible to buy one of the metal surrounds for the earlier model and fit it to my newer model or have the fittings changed too much?

I'm aware there are two different shape cut-outs on the back splash-plate so might I need to change this as well.

Ah so many questions.

Thanks everyone!

Kris.
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