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Lever pressure I love my machine, and I'm fairly good with mechanical things, BUT, I am unwilling to fix stuff if it ain't broke. Trouble is: my machine was making some of the finest espresso around and then... DISASTER! The lever became very difficult to raise, and while the espresso came out of the group, there was no pressure behind the handle. It just sort of fell down. Taste was not good either. Can you tell me what's up with my beloved La Pavoni? Thanks for anything you can offer. Shere

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Re: lever pressure

Clean up time use a product to remove calcium how many time i saw that calcium ruining very good machine hard water is a killer of those beloved machine dont use vinegar not strong enough and dont forget to rinse the machine very good that stuff is very corosif dont forget to rate this good luck cheers

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Do you mean the safety valve to the right of where you put the water in a chrome dome top nut thing?
I you are happy to have a go and have the right sized spanner this is a possibly easy fix or really most likely a clean.
I did this a few months ago and it took a couple of minutes.
I undid it carefully removed all the parts cleaned off the limescale and reassembled it.
If you mean the pressurestat here is a link to a great site that show you what needs to be done and you can judge for yourself if you are up to it.

This site has loads on fixing these lovely machines.

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It sounds as though the steam being released with the valve a little loose allows some exhaust. When it is tighten up there is a sensor on them that will shut it off automatically for safety reasons. more than likely that sensor is broke or there is some type of clog cause there to be to much pressure and heat which in turn trips the sensor and shuts it off

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I had a similar problem, and it was down to high pressure remaining in the machine preventing the lever from releasing. You can test this by pressing the capsule in the machine (which will be much more solid than normal).
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I have just descaled the machine. I tried to pull out the brew group and it would not come out (I'm following the instruction to push the lever and pull). It does come out a bit but there seems to be...

A mechanical jam already happen. It will only release "the thing caught inside" when you manually do mechanical procedure like the machine do it when its on operation. Carefully do it and slowly, it will come out of course, you must push the lever and pull.
If you already release it the brew group, operate the unit- it will reset itself mechanically aligned.
I hope I give you idea solution for your problem.

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Hi there, i am Mr La Pavoni based in Glasgow, Scotland and i will be able to help you. If you know the parts you require then i think you would be best to replace them as if it keeps blowing fuses then it may cause more damage than you would like. If you go to you can buy every individual part for the lever models online and they send very quickly too. If you need further assistance please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at

All the best

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I have a Gaggia Titanium that is six years old. I descaled for the first time and went through the entire process.. After it rinsed I put it all back together. When I flushed the steam wand, some nasty...

HI Sorry, but you have 6 years of scale that has been broke loose and is now plugging your lines. You are going to have to take you machine apart and blow out all your lines and also the boilers with air pressure to clear the lines. Descaling is one of the most important things you can do for your machine. Your lucky that your machine went 6 years. Most don't.

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The problem isn't fixed, but given the price of the premiuim service, I'll just buy another coffee pot, probably another brand, since I have had problems with the Hamilton Beach. This is my fourth one, and I love the design, but they just don't last long enough.

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My friend, had the same feeling,,,What have a done !! This piece of junk for all my dollars! No ,,it needs cleaning. Read all my comments re this. You can open this machine witha few fixed keys and mantain it. It will outlast you, when correctly mantained. All solid cupper and metal, no plastic. take it apart and CLEAN IT!
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