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Pavoni, no steam from steam wand

Hi. just recently bought second hand pavoni europicola.  the steam wand is not letting out steam to froth milk.  the plastic openning knob for it is quite tight and the metal rod attatched is slightly bent. could this affect steam? or is the steam wand just dirty and is blocked with hard old milk?  help.  thanks.


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Re: pavoni, no steam from steam wand

Unplug the machine. just unscrew the nut of the steam shaft. Take out the shaft by turning anti-clockwise the plastic knob until the whole shaft comes out. clean the inside of the attached shaft with a small wire brush. rinse under running water until water comes out the other end. try to straighten the bent shaft (one with the plastic knob) put it all back. The shaft that

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

Re: pavoni, no steam from steam wand

I havent heard of this issue , it could posibly be the bent steam wand , but the nozle is made to be that way, because the pavoni eurpicola doesnt produce enough steam pressure , it enables you to create better froth

Posted on Nov 17, 2007

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The "Froth Xpress Plus" is a very handy device which can be used with the included sleek milk container or a distinct milk container, like a 1/2 gallon jug. The Froth Xpress has a tube (hard for using the included container, flexible for using a different container) that fits into the frothing tube behind the dial shown in the picture above. After selecting froth or steam, the milk is siphoned into a cup below the steam wand. We recommend steaming the milk first, then adding the espresso.

Whatever sort of wand you have, it is essential to keep it clear of solidified milk which can gum up the tip and even the wand shaft. Here are some symptoms of a clogged wand:
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  • Hot water drips from the tip of the wand
  • A squeal or whistle comes out of the wand when the steam function is selected
  • A deep humming is heard when the steam function is selected*
*This is also a symptom of another more serious problem, particularly if you have a pump espresso machine; so if unclogging the wand does not solve it, you should contact a technician.
A good preventative measure against the clogging of a steam wand is regular rinsing in warm, soapy water of the tip and any other removable frothing part. This should be done after each steam wand use. If your machine has a Froth Xpress, it is important to clean all of the hoses, valve, and connectors (be very careful with the plug, however, because it is delicate). All wands should also have steam jetted through them after a frothing cycle is run.
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If you are getting steam out of the wand I suggest you practice and work ha and to learn how to froth up the milk. The machine does not froth up, it is the operator who does. You basically need to keep the wand just below the milk level and keep moving very slowly up and down always trying to stay below the milk level. If the container is wide you may need to swirl as you moving.

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