My Isomac Relax portafilter only engages about half way or less
This is a new machine and the portafilter has never has engage on the group head completely, the dealer hasn't yet resolved this for me. I though the gasket would need some time to break in but after two weeks of use it's still the same. Could I have the wrong gasket or filter basket, if I remove the filter basket it locks in with little effort. Could the portafilters be the wrong ones for the group head?
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It is possible that the grind you are using is too fine and causing so much back pressure that the portafilter is moving, also possible that the group gasket installed need to be replaced, I have also seen this happen with damaged screens.
The filter is stuck on the group head of the machine only by the force of dry coffee which acts like glou and since on the portafilter is secure by a wire spring which is probably loose and couldent hold the filter in place. So all you need is a pointing screwdriver with edge like a nail or similar and use it on the filter try to level it out and by a little force try to move it and get unstuck. After that you can clean also the coffee remaining's on group head also. In order to avoid this in future you will have to clean the portafilter from machine after you will make a coffee, replace the portafilter spring with a new one and clean the grouhead and grouphead gasket often with grouphead brush. You may need also to buy cleaning grouphead powder and backwash blid filter to perform backwash frequent. All these cleaning and parts you can easily find in eBay.
Yes you can. There's a bit of work involved. The issue is you have to remove the boiler through the top of the machine in order to access the gasket. If you're not careful, you can break one or all 3 lights because of the wires attached and the limited amount of room. I would take pics of everything before you begin. Then remove the 2 screws from the top of the machine. You can see all the wires and the brass boiler. Next remove the 4 cap screws near the brewhead where the portafilter goes. When you do this, you will see the boiler is now loose. I will let you decide how you want to do the rest. Either remove and label all the wires, or remove some of them or whatever you choose. Once you can remove the boiler, you will see that the chrome brewhead cover also comes off revealing gasket. Remove the damaged gasket, and clean the area where it sits. Put on the new gasket and put everything back. That's it. Good luck!
I had a brand new Via Venezia that I could barely get to make espesso, nothing or very little came out. Got a new portafilter and now it work beautifully, espesso flies out of the thing wonderfully. Bad news is a new portafilter is like $65. I can't believe they are shipping these with bad portafilters, but they are.
You may just need a new grouphead gasket. This is a rubber ring that fits in the space between the outside of the grouphead and the interior area that houses the dispersion screen. If it's worn or dried out, the pf may not be sealing properly (which would cause the leaking and instability)
The portafilter (pf) handle should line up with a pre-printed indicator line on the group head when it's "locked" in. If you're looking at the machine straight on, and the far side is "12" on a clock face, the handle should be at 6 or 5 o' clock. The pf should "ease" in to the grouphead, not stop with a hard feeling.
The problem might be with the portafilter "ears", or the metal tines that wedge into the grouphead. If they're excessively worn, the pf might not be secured snugly enough to make a seal. A new pf will solve this.
So, first, try a new gasket. Then a new portafilter. Then a new machine :)