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Low steam pressure

Switch Steam ON. Orange light comes on. Wait for orange light to turn off. Barely enough steam to froth milk. Silvia is 7 years old. Any suggestions?

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Agree with previous suggestions. Steam wand is either blocked with stale milk or maybe even a piece of limescale is stuck in it. Generally it will block in the most awkward place to clear ie. where the pipe bends. So try clear it with a pipe cleaner or a piece of thin wire. If the boiler has limescale in it, clearing the bockage is a short term fix it will probably block again. So descale the machine also. Im not sure how effective vinegar is on lime, I would take the boiler apart, clean any loose deposits and then descale it using a packet of Everpure Scalekleen and hot water. Hope this helps so please inform of progress, if any.

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Descale the heating elements with vinnegar.

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If the milk scalds, you're getting it hot enough. It sounds like you're not incorporating enough air into the milk when frothing.
Make sure that the holes in the tip of the steam wand are clear. Soak in water for 5-10 min. and wipe with a cloth (no abrasives) and clear the holes with a paper clip end. Blow the wand out nice and hard.
How is your steam pressure? It should be about 1.2 bar.
It could also be your technique. The wand should never be more than 3 cm into the milk. For cappuccino froth, keep the tip right at the surface of the milk, lowering the pitcher as the level rises. You should hear a "shushing" sound, no squealing.

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Rancillio Silvia Steaming problem

Have you tried descaling it?

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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SOURCE: water will not come through the steam wand

I had the same problem. I took the steam wand off, and checked for steam out of the unit. It was OK, so I stuck a thin wire up through the steam wand and dislodged what look like pieces of a green washer or O-ring.
In short...the wand was plugged.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: MY SILVIA NOT WARMING THE WATER

Hi
If your lucky.
There is a reset button inside on the front side of the boiler (you have to take the top of the machine off. There are 4 screws and remove the water tank). It is located between 2 black wires and is a red button. Push it in and test. There is also an other problem that you might have. If the brew thermostat is bad it won’t heat. To test for this, push the steam switch and wait 15 seconds. Then open the steam knob and push the middle button and see if the water is warm. If it is then you need a new brew thermostat. That is the thermostat that has the red dot on the top. It sets on top of the boiler next to the steam thermostat. If you take the top off, make sure that the machine is unplugged.
If none of these things work check the heating element with an ohms meter. The reading in the terminals should be from 12 to 16 ohms. If no reading the elements is bad and you have to replace the boiler.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Rancilio Silvia: The steam works only for about 10 seconds

Remove the top panel and check the 3 thermostat on the machine one of them is not functioning properly, find the wire to the steam switch and trace it to the thermostat.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010

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If the milk scalds, you're getting it hot enough. It sounds like you're not incorporating enough air into the milk when frothing.
Make sure that the holes in the tip of the steam wand are clear. Soak in water for 5-10 min. and wipe with a cloth (no abrasives) and clear the holes with a paper clip end. Blow the wand out nice and hard.
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