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Ground fault issue

I cleaned my Rancillio Silvia and when I tried to start it up it will cause the GFI circuit breaker on my kithen utlet to pop. I have a ground fault somewhere in the machine but al everything is hooked up right and wies look fine. It is from 2003 and has never been cleaned previously.

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  • kurts676 Dec 22, 2008

    I tested it previous to this post and found that the high temp thermostat was the problem. I changed it out and tried the machine and the light went out again with the familiar click of the circuit breaker. What I didn't realize was it was simply the light, not the breaker, and Silvia was up and working! Problem solved.

    I have had my Rancilio for nearly 5 years and this was the first time I broke it down. I leave in Clearwater, FL where we have very high mineral content ground water. When I opened it up there was a third to a half cup of solid sediment that poured out. It's working great now and I will up my descaling to once a month rather than whenever I think about it.

  • cmlagrand Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same problem with the GFI but im not sure what the fix was is it the heating unit and what did i do wrong to cause this problem

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This is not an unusual issue, but an unusual fix. When appliances that use water and heating elements use a ground fault breaker, it often thinks there is a problem to ground, since it is not the regular short to ground like an element. Move it to an area that has a regular outlet, and turn it on the first time. From then on, it should work right.

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