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gic
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Posted Sat Mar 22, 2014, 11:38am
Subject: Frecuency of Descaling
 

Hi, I own a Saeco Intelia HD8751, for two years. I wonder how often the Descaling should be made, since according to the manual the machine will ask for it, but so far it never asked. I forced the descaling after eleven months because I thought it was time. I have the water tested with the saeco test strip and it is very soft water, I also use a saeco intenza filter which is set in the low hardness mode (Letter A). For the rest the machine works ok and ask for the replacement of the filter every 53 days average. On average i have 10 shots per day.
Is this normal, should I wait longer for the descaling cycle?

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Posted Sun Mar 23, 2014, 9:59pm
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I'm also interested in this. I live in Australia, we do it more often.  Is it depending on the quality of the water?
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Posted Mon Mar 24, 2014, 7:38am
Subject: Re: Frecuency of Descaling
 

When your shots taste bad or you notice that the pressure isn't as it once was. People normally recommend every 3 months but I find that a little overkill. Try a shot with no coffee and drink the water, does it taste bad?
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Posted Mon Mar 24, 2014, 8:40am
Subject: Re: Frecuency of Descaling
 

The frequency of descaling largely depends on the hardness of the (tap?) water you use. The harder the water is the more often you'll have to descale. I used to live in areas where I had to do a full run every three months. Where I live now, the water is so soft I only have to descale once a yťar. So, there's no general rule to it.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 24, 2014, 10:11am
Subject: Re: Frecuency of Descaling
 

The Insanely Long Water FAQ addresses this:
Click Here (web.archive.org)
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 8:53am
Subject: Re: Frecuency of Descaling
 

Hi, thanks for all the answers! So I've read the articles an basically my conclusion would be to wait until my machine ask for a Descaling cycle, even if it takes one year. I assume that the Intelia knows better, since the the usage is pretty low and the water hardness y low as well.
Are another Saeco Intelia owner in this forum to cross check if this happens on another machine as well?

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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 9:05am
Subject: Re: Frecuency of Descaling
 

You also may want to go to an aquarium supply and pick up a kit for testing total hardness and carbonate hardness in your water source.  They're pretty cheap and easy to use.  In the US, it's easy to find them online for less than $10, with enough materials to test about 100 water samples.  Then you'll have a better idea how your water relates to the recommendations in the Insanely Long Water FAQ, and this in turn will give you a better idea when YOU should run a descale.

 
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