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Can I regulate the temp on our machine? our Rancilio machine seems to be to be running on too high a temperature. Meaning, we barely turn the steam wand on to steam milk (after the light goes off), an

Reading the manual, watching videos, reading blogs. Have owned many espresso machines in time and feel like we know what we're doing with them. This ones operates at a really high temp

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Silvia has two bimetalic switches that control the boiler temperature. One for brew water and one for steam. They are not exact and they can go bad. They are cheap and easy to replace. Just Google for Rancilio parts.

A much better fix (and more expensive) is to switch to PID control. Google for Rancilio PID control. The conversion is $250+ but once you've gone PID, you'll never go back. The temperature is exact, fast, and totally under your control.

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For the coffee - make sure the machine has heated up for at least 10 minutes. I've found the grind is the most important in getting a good shot of espresso with a good crema.

It takes trying different grinds to find what works best. When we grind at the store we choose the second finest grind from the finest - we put it to Turkish and then turn it back one notch.

On the steaming side - it takes practice. Sometimes I get froth, sometimes - I usually let the wand go near the bottom of the steaming cup and heat the milk to 160 deg. f.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Rancilio Epoca DE 2 group espresso machine

It could also be that the solenoid is of the wrong specifications, and hence not getting up to pressure.. Have them check both the temp and pressure cutouts again..

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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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.

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The temp on the machine is set by one of the 3 thermostats on the boiler, check resistance and replace the faulty thermostat.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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SOURCE: Rancilio Silvia coffee machine worked once and the

Remove the top panel one of the thermostats on the tank tripped, reset thermostat, and turn machine on.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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Use Citric Acid.

  1. Dissolve about one tablespoon of citric acid in the water reservoir.
  2. Fill the boiler completely. Open the steam valve and start a hot water cycle until water comes out the steam vent. Stop the hot water cycle, close the vent.
  3. Let the boiler heat up about 5 minutes. Then turn off the power.
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4 questions: #1...what are the 2 hoses for: I understand that one is needed to suction the water to the pump, but what about the shorter hose? #2...I am unable to get crema. I have adjusted my grind...


1; Second hose is for expansion valve from pump, in case there is excess pressure the water returns to the reservoir.

2; Either the coffee is stale or the amount of tamp pressure is not enough. Think of your grind coarseness rocks and sand, that will help you find the right grind.

3; No

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Hmmm. It doesn't sound like a boiler problem. The heating element is controlled by a pressure or temperature switch. Either the switch is poorly connected or malfunctioning. Temp. switches are directly on the boiler with wires that go to a relay connected to the heating element. Pressure switches just have a tube connected to the boiler with wires to the relay.

Good luck!

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