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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: steam wand not working
When I got my X1 (used,) the steamer was clogged. I unscrewed the end of the nozzle, and a big chunk of calcium(?) came out. I had to poke it with some wire with the steamer on. The way I got the end off is: I wrapped it with a leather glove first, then turned it with a pair of pliers. I still managed to scratch it a little bit though. Maybe you can turn it by inserting a needle in the little hole on the side of the nozzle. I've been thinking of using distilled water to avoid the calcium build-up in the future.
Posted on Oct 08, 2008
SOURCE: barista athena
I have just had a similar problem. Water no longer moves through the steam wand when I try to prime it. Instead, water shoots through the shot handle (or screen if handle is not in).
One thing I did notice is that the dial for the steam wand unscrewed too far and basically popped out. I screwed it back in and the water did not ever come out of the wand again. I took the top lid plate off and unscrewed the wand dial and removed it. I put it back and noticed that there is a little metal spring switch underneath that I assume turns the wand pump on.
Attached to the dial is a plastic sleeve with a flat side. When the dial is turned, this sleeve should turn the switch on. I noticed though that the sleeve is creeping up the shaft towards the dial head which makes it miss the spring switch.
I don't know what kept the sleeve in place before. Probably a plastic stop that has been worn away from use. There is an allen screw in the sleeve, but tightening it doesn't seem to keep it in place. Perhaps inserting a spring in between the dial and the sleeve would work, but the sleeve cannot be taken off to do this. No other answers right now. My wife is not happy the lattes have dried up.
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
remove the cover from the machine, loosen the allen screw that fastens the steam knob to the shaft, move it slightly and retighten to allow the knob to close the valve a bit more. I have had to do this a few times in the 9 years I've had my machine as either the knob loosens or the valve threads wear a bit.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
SOURCE: Starbucks Barista Espresso Maker
This is a general comment for people having problems with leaks and pressure in their espresso machines. If you do not used filtered water, the minerals and other materials suspended in the water will bond to the moving parts and tubes of your machine (e.g.: scale). The problem will be worse if you live in an area with particularly hard water. In some cases the pressure pipes can get completely blocked and if the pump is powerful enough, the pipes can rupture, otherwise, the pump will simply not put out any water. The solution is to regularly flush out the system with descaler. The frequency of cleaning depends upon how often you use the machine. You can get descaler from any decent coffe place (like Starbucks), an appliance repair place, or the hardware store. I use CLR which is sold at hardware stores. CLR stands for Calcium-Lime-Rust, and it effectively cleans all of these and is cheaper than specialty scale removers. Simply dilute some in water and pour the mixture in the machine, then cycle the pump and run it through. Collect the spent liquid and run it through again 4 or 5 times (or more if you've never cleaned your machine before...) Allow the liquid to sit for 10-15 minutes between flushes so that the solution has a chance to eat away at the scale. Once you have done this a few times, flush out the machine thoroughly with clean water 4 or 5 times, using CLEAN water each time you rinse. If you want to get an idea of the scale that has been removed, keep a small amount of the original clean solution in a glass and then compare the spend cleaning liquid with unused cleaning liquid to see the difference. The spent liquid should be foggy/muddy compared to the clean stuff and if you let it sit, the scale will settle to the bottom of the glass and will be clearly visible. You can prevent some of the buildup in your machine by using filtered water as they do at Starbucks.
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
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