Question about FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine
Yeah, no love lost to the sole-source send-your-machine-in-with-a-wad-of-cash "Empire Fulfillment" (how's THAT for an audacious name?)
Hard experience with my machine has taught me something about the design & I will know better than to get another F-F next time. At least I know Saeco will sell you parts if you need them, for instance.
Your machine is only 7 months old? That's kind of young for this, but you may have the same counterintuitive problem I did. I was convinced my problem was in my t'stat also until I did a bunch of testing and figured out that the real problem was that the element had corroded through. I can't find one other post where I detailed the test for this, but I'll summarize: if the element is corroded through, it will still heat, but not as well, and the thermostat is bypassed and irrelevant. **** design, yes. The "neutral side" of the element heating circuit would, after this corrosion eats through the outer shell of the element and exposes the actual resistance-wire, be through the boiler water, and then through the ground wire...not pretty, and makes me wonder what WON'T pass a UL inspection. If you plug your machine into a GFCI type outlet and it trips the interuptor, well, there's your diagnosis. If not, then your guess about the tstat was probably accurate.
If my tstat were bad, I would probably try replacing it with something very different and custom, like one or two Murphy "switchgage" dashboard-style gauges (google them - high-quality mechanical gauges that have built-in adjustable temp switches). You'd need to to some severe mods to mount and wire in the gauge/s as a repair - though there is room in the stock case where the tstat is now, just barely. (Hmmm...might be a new category in your local custom motor show...) Other options may be out there, but I wasn't able to easily find a two-temperature tstat when I googled around thinking mine was bad. Honestly, I think I would rather replace the element than have to come up with a tstat fix. But then again, replacing the tstat, you'd be able to correct the basic design problem, where F-F uses the tstat to switch the NEUTRAL side, rather than the HOT side. That alone should have stopped the thing from getting a UL cert.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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