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Filter basket sticking in the group head

In the past few weeks, my filter basket has been sticking in the group head and not coming down with the handle. It is getting increasingly difficult to remove it - as if it is tightly sealed against the rubber gasket.

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It sounds like the solenoid is not discharging after a coffee is made, try back washing machine with purocaff. If the soap comes out of the small pipe on the right and dumps into the drain tray you are back in business if not you might to clear the pipe.

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Service manual


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La Cimbali junior group head leak after restore


Group head leaks can be caused by group gasket, portafilter basket (cup), valve, pipe fittings. Call back your service tech.
* Check group gasket and position of portafiler handle when pulling shot. The handle needs to point directly at you (your chest) if it points to your left shoulder or pops off the group then the gasket is worn, not correct size, missing spacer.
* If the handle points to the right shoulder then the gasket is, too thick, too many spacers, or it was installed without removing the old coffee (crud) from the group head and is stuck under the gasket. Remove and check group gasket and spacers.
* If the handle points directly at you but portafilter still leaks then check the basket (cup) insert. Many Barista's smash the portafilter on a bumper. If the bumper is worn and the metal bar is exposed then the basket insert will have a flat or dented lip. Check all your inserts for damage and replace worn bumper (a piece of water hose cut to size works)
* Still leaking? Remove cup tray above group and check group head for leaks around the pipes and fittings. Note: water discharge from bottom of group valve is normal DURING the pulling of a shot. It should not continue to drip water after pulling the shot.
* Still leaking? The group head needs to be checked.
* Pump, water lines, Water by-pass, Economiser, Hot water wand, and all the water fittings.
Aloha, ukeboy57 (youtube)

Feb 18, 2013 | Espresso RMI La Cimbali Espresso Machine

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Water gushes out of the group when back washing.


If you replaced the group gasket, then you might want to check the top of the blind filter basket to make sure it has no dents. If you were having the same problem while brewing espresso, I would say carefully remove the gasket and clean the head thoroughly then use a mirror and check to make sure there is no coffee or small pieces of rubber in there then put the gasket back on and try to brew a coffee. Since the problem is only happening when you backwash the only thing different is the basket.

Jun 04, 2012 | Pasquini Livia 90 Espresso Machine

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How do i use cleaning powder


Hi Dont use the cleaning powder yet. Remove the group head shower and clean it with steel wool, then clean the group head where the shower sits with sfeel wool. Remove the filter fron the group handle and clean the under side. Also clean the group handle before you put the filter back in. You shouldn't use powder in these machines, but if you do, you need to put a blind filter (filter with no holes in it)in the group handle. If you dont have a blind filter, you can use foil to cover your filter. When you have done that, you need to add a 1/4 teaspoon of powder into the foil covered basket and lock the handle in the group head. Switch the coffee button on for a few seconds then off again.Domt take handle out yet. Repeat this on/off proceedure 5 or 6 times. Now remove the handle and flush out any powder that is left. Leaving the foil in place, lock the handle back into the group head and repeat the above proceedure. This fushes out any powder residue. Make a coffee and discard. Now your machine has bee back flushed. Again, i do not recomend using powder in these machines. The poder can back flow into the boiler. Just make sure you give it a good flush. If you clean your group head and shower weekly, you'll never need to use powder. Dazza COFFEE MACHINE TECHNICIAN

Sep 26, 2011 | Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

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I have a Starbucks Sirena - the grounds overflow in the basket while pulling shots, and it drips forever after it's done. When I remove the basket it's a huge mess every time. All the parts seem to be...


it sounds like you need a new group head gasket, or the group head gasket is not installed properly.
If it is a new machine, you probably just need to reseat the group head gasket. If it is a used machine, the gasket is probably worn, they need replacement every 6-12 months.
The Starbucks Sirena is made by Saeco, and is also called the Saeco Sirena.
You can find the group head gasket (brew head gasket), and any other parts from the following:
seattlecoffeegear.com

Here are a few videos of the machine in use:
http://www.youtube.com/SeattleCoffeeGear#p/search/3/6QlOKdAhElI
http://www.youtube.com/SeattleCoffeeGear#p/search/1/U8Lyomhq92Q

Mar 03, 2011 | Saeco Starbucks Sirena Espresso Machine

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I am using my new silvia with the ese pod adapter with illy pods. When I press the coffee dispense button with a pod in place, coffee begins to come out of the right orifice, then after a few seconds it...


"leaks noisily from what appears to be the contact between the grouphead and portafilter"
* Leaks from top of portafilter and group head are caused by poor sealing at head gasket.
* wipe top lip of portafilter before inserting into group.
* check if group is clear of coffee grounds, paper bits, tissue, dry crud. Use a head cleaning brush (tooth brush works) and wipe group clean (do not use screwdriver to scrape!)
* Make sure when inserting portafilter it is seated properly. (check your manual for procedure) Note the position of the portafilter handle if it's in the right position AFTER you tighten it. Is it far to the left? or stuck and barely hangs on to group?
* Barely hanging on to group? Check if pod is too big. Note; you can't double shot or use 2 pods in a single pod basket! Make two separate shots for a double.
* Handle tightens but slips off group or still leaks when pulling shot? Worn out or missing gasket. Gaskets are made of rubber and can crack, drop out, or pit. You will need to have the gasket replaced. Check with vendor or MFR for service/parts.
* Make sure you have the correct portafilter. Many look the same and may even fit but when making fine adjustments or critical shots they don't work right. Check manual or vendor for confirmation.
* Make sure you have the correct basket. The portafilters may have different baskets or cups that can be inserted. Many have special uses that can affect the pull of a shot. Fewer holes causes slower flow and longer brew time. Many holes gives a weaker shot but smoother less bitter taste. There is a blank basket that has no holes which is used for backflushing and cleaning of the group. Check your manual or vendor for which basket you should be using. Odds are that you have a standard basket ment for ground coffee and not pods. (you can remove the coffee from the pod but it will be messy.) Ask for the optional 'POD' basket insert.
* Finally if everything checks out and your still having leaks then your machine needs service as the group head or valve needs replacement. Call your vendor or MFR direct.
Aloha! ukeboy57 (youtube)

P.S. Looking back at my service with pod conversions, I've found that most if not all pro-machines don't really like the pod adapters. Sure it will work but shots are weak and poor. Pods really like a very tight fit with a very small portafilter basket(chamber) I mean like the size of a soup spoon! They like very slow and very hot water pumped with a vibration type pump to extract all the essence from the paper filtered coffee. Illy is an excellent coffee pod with a very rich aroma and good creme. The best for them (pods) are the dedicated pod machines (won't do ground coffee, only pods). If you must use a pro semi-automatic machine then I would suggest adding a port constrictor to the portafilter output. There may be a third party supplier that has a compatible adapter for your brand. I've come across some of these very extreme tools for the elites coffee affectionato. It restricts the flow at the output thus causing the hot water to brew longer and at a higher pressure to force the hot water and steam into each coffee grain. (think pressure cooker) Some of the better ones are adjustable. But note that these will need daily or cleaning after each use as these restrictors have very tiny holes which clog unless flushed after each use. Good luck 9on your pursuit of the perfect cup!)

Jan 17, 2018 | Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

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We have a new coffee house with new machines. Our rancilio sometimes has water coming out all around the basket when trying to pull a shot. What is causing this?


You need to change the group head gasket. They only last about 1 year and then should be changed. Get 2 because they usually fail on Friday and you have a party on Saturday.
The gaskets get hard from the heat and don’t form to the filter any more so they leak.
When you get the new gasket.
Empty everything out of the machine (water tank, drip tray, etc.) Turn the machine upside down on a towel. This way you can see what your are doing.
Remove the filter screen and diffuser from the brew head. The black O-ring is your gasket. Carefully pry it out. Clean the opening good before you install the new gasket. Insert the gasket with the beveled side down (on the inside edge of the O-ring is the bevel). Once you have the gasket in place, use the portafilter to finish seating the gasket.

Sep 04, 2010 | Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

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My gr10w bunn coffee maker leaks while using.I think it overflows the filter then leaks down. I use Bunn filters. please help!


If it is leaking out past the filter basket, it can be fron two things- either the basket edges are worn out, and is allowing water to leak past it, or the hole is being partially blocked by scale or caked coffee. in the first case, try replacing the filter basket. In the second case, you can either clean out thr hole or try running a drill bit through it to clear the hole.

Mar 13, 2010 | Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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I have a Briel MultiPro espresso maker. When I try to make coffee, water/coffee starts running over the edge of the basket and it "spurts" coffee and grounds after a few seconds.


The group head gasket needs to be cleaned or replaced. First get a brush and clean put the head, then insert back wash filter(basket with no holes) in portafilter, make sure that it is seated properly(atleast 90° angle with machine), then run the head if nothing leaks around the portafilter the gasket is fine, if it leaks then replace the gasket. Make sure that you press the stop button before removing the back wash filter.

Jun 23, 2009 | Briel MultiPro Espresso Maker - Brushed...

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Leaks From Filter Gasket


Sounds like you might have coffee oil build up. I would suggest soaking the Brew Head Screen and filter holder in a coffee oil remover by www.urnex.com or dezcal. Remove the screw if your filter basket has one. For home use it would be good to clean this every week or so. You can email me for more info: irene@smithagy.net. You also might just try purchasing a new filter basket (along with cleaning the Brew head screen and new basket).
Further technical info can be found at:
Electra-Craft
41 Woodbine St
Bergenfield NJ 07621
phone 201-439-1700
fax 201-439-1701
info@electra-craft.com
www.electra-craft.com

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