plodder627 Senior Member Joined: 3 Jun 2007 Posts: 2 Location: Australia Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Sat Apr 2, 2011, 10:10pm 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?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,194 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 9:49am 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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stefano65 Senior Member Joined: 30 Oct 2004 Posts: 1,417 Location: Eugene OR Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Vibiemme,Elektra, Grinder: Vario,Macap, Vac Pot: not Drip: not Roaster: not
Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 7:09am 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
DHD Senior Member Joined: 29 Nov 2004 Posts: 16 Location: South Carolina Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 7:40am 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?
V65Magnafan Senior Member Joined: 6 Aug 2008 Posts: 9 Location: Near Toronto Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Nemox Lux
Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 7:49am 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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cappuccinokris Senior Member Joined: 22 Mar 2014 Posts: 2 Location: The Fillybrooks, Stone Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Sat Mar 22, 2014, 5:00am Subject: Re: Rancilio silvia group head cover
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.
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