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The temprature got very high and than there was an explosion and alot of steam was around the machin i opened and found out that an inner white pipe was torn apart I would like to know why didnt the temprature stop automticly before the explotion(i was in the other room , i had a luck) I would like to find replace the pipe-where can i find it?thank you Doron Sheinman

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The thermostat the tells it to turn off, when it reaches the max limit is damaged.

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How old is the machine?
How often do you descale the machine?
Can you hear the pump start when you open the steam knob?

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