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Steam wand loose

The steam wand on my X1 is loose, letting water leak from the top. It isn't a major problem but it is irritating. I removed the fascia and had a poke around, but couldn't find a way to remove the wand without disassembling the entire unit. It looks as though there is a poor seal between the wand and the steamer.

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    No, its the seal between the pipe and the unit, the nut doesn't really do anything.

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You can tighten the steam want with a wrench. At the top of the wand just before it enters into the machine you see a "nut" use this to tighten or loosen the wand

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