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La Marzocco espresso machine troubleshooting

My 1991 La Marzocco Linea has been in storage (heated/inside our house)for 2 years and now I would like to use it, but it wont hold pressure in the steam boiler. It seems to be leaking steam out of the top. Any suggestions? The connections seem tight-should I take them off to look for??? Do they have washers or? what else might the problem be. The machine heats up just fine- just loses the pressure.

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  • firekat007 Jun 20, 2009

    Steam was coming out of the smaller valve(looks like a pressure relief valve)

  • firekat007 Jun 21, 2009

    It appears that the steam leak fixed itself (the stem on the smaller valve popped up where it was down before). But now the expansion valve in the drain box is squealing. I'm going to clean it up but I don't know how tight to tighten it afterwards- any tips?

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Where is the steam coming from the small valve on the top or the big tall one? If it is the tall one then the problem is in the block electrical box(pressure stat) on the left above the element, that may be stuck and not telling the machine that it has enough pressure turn off the elements.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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    Ernest R Jun 22, 2009

    To set expansion valve, make sure pump is set to correct pressure br running the head and making sure the bottom gauge reads 9 to 9.5 bars. If mot loosen or tighten the nut or slotted screw on the brass pump head while the head is running(it better to see which way you need to go, by letting it run), after that is set make sure machine is at full operating pressure(1.2 bars on the top gauge). Then check standing bottom gauge(heads must not be running) the reading should at times go to 12 bars and then back down to about 3 or 4 depending on incomg water line pressure. If it does not get to 12 then adjust the expansion valve(long valve in the drain box) tightenning will give more pressure and so on. Adjust to 12 bars, a small amount of qater will escape the valve about a drop a second.

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