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Not heating up the water

I have rancilio silvia espresso maker that is not heating the water up. It is 5 years old and I have used it a lot, can you help me?

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  • culture_geek May 05, 2009

    Help! My Silvia suddennly stopped heating up water. The power light stays lit and no hot water or steam. It's about 6 yrs old.

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3 things could be wrong. First is easy to check. With machine on, turn on the steam switch and after about a minut open the steam knob and push the middle switch. Check the water coming from the wand and see if its warm? If it is you need a brew thermostat. Unplug the machine. Remove the water tank. Remove the 4 screws that hold the top on and lift top off. The boiler has 2 thermostats on the top front of the boiler, and the one with the red dot is the brew thermostat and need replacing.
If that didn't fix your problem there is a reset thermostat on the front face of the boiler and has black wires going to it. There is a red button in the middle of the thermostat and needs to be pushed.
If that one didn't solve your problem you need a new heating element. You can do a continuity check on the terminals.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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