Tip & How-To about Saeco Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines
The top cover of the Saeco Ideo Giro has a magnet in the cover and a sensor sticking up in the bean hopper that lets the machine know that the cover is closed. The sensor is in the front inside the hopper, sticking up but covered by the clear plastic hopper. My sensor slid down a quarter inch so that closing the lid wasn't detected, and the coffee maker would refuse to operate.
I fixed this by removing the hopper, sliding the magnetic sensor back up, and replacing the hopper. The hopper is held in place with a single screw with a hex socket. You have to nearly empty the hopper to see the screw, between the sensor and the grinder. The probe slides freely, so you can just push it up a bit, and the wires that are attached hold it (loosely) in place. When you put the hopper back in place over the probe, it'll push the probe down a bit, but as long as the probe is touching the hopper it'll work fine.
Credit for Saeco/Philips tech support for telling me that the hopper was easily removable.
Very easy repair. The hardest part was finding a screwdriver that would fit the screw. My hex keys - I tried both metric and english units - wouldn't fit, but I found a small standard screwdriver that worked, though I had to be careful that it wouldn't strip the hex socket.
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