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Tooo much pressure

My Livia 90 has started building up too much pressure in the tank. It reaches about 2 and then the mechanical relief valve suddenly pops and releases enough steam to bring it back down to less than 1.5. Whatever is supposed to happen to prevent it from building up that much pressure is not working.

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If you remove the top panel on the machine there is a pressure stat on the right side, with 2 wire connections going to it. That P.stat could be damaged and needs to be replaced, or the pipe to the P.stat is clogged and it cannot read the boiler pressure.

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Have a look at the check valve (you will find it between the pressure switch and the tank) Make sure there is no pressure in the tank before you remove it!!! There should be a spring and and rubber or plastic valve in there. Clean it up, or if necessary, replace it. Otherwise, you may need to check the valves in the head, if the are not seating properly then you will get the air passing through. It is very irregular for the air to get passed the piston rings in the pump, but try those things and post on here to let me know how you get on


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I have an older Pasquini Livia purchased in the early 90s. It continues to heat up and then the relief valve goes off. Is there a thermostat to replace?

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The machine does not produce water and makes loud ticking noise- pressure gauge spikes and release valve blows. What do you think is causing that-

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The part that will solve your problem is an upgraded heating rewire kit which will control pressure electronically, not manually. The rewire kit is Part #90000, $28

You may also need a new micro switch which is connected to your PStat with the rewire kit. The micro switch part #7633905, $13

These parts are in stock. I can send you these parts and instructions to install these parts in your machine.

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