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Help... Silvia is sick!

I have a sinking feeling. My Silvia makes marvellous steam for milk, but on Saturday it ceased producing hot water. I live in Nth Tas. What is in store for me in resuming superb production? Anne

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In every coffee-maker is at least one 'thermal fuse.' Since these are now made almost exclusively in China, the variability has become a real problem and they often fail without ever having reached the design temperature of the part. Further, because of where they are installed, they are welded instead of soldered and therefore not easily replaced. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news-

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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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