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Francis!Francis!3X overheating I press middle button to draw a shot and steam sputters out instead of hot water

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  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2008

    I have the same problem

  • mcbeth1234 Jan 25, 2009

    my Francis Francis X5 is blowing a fuse

  • pabzilla Feb 26, 2009

    Same problem. Seems that the temperature sensor is in bad shape or something.

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Your thermostat has failed. The middle button is the pump. The bottom button is for the steam mode. If you are getting steam instead of hot water when using the pump, then the boiler is way too hot. Either adjust the thermostat or try descaling the boiler.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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The two solutions above really miss the point. The first identifies the 3-way valve as the problem, and suggest a back flush. The FF X3 does not have a 3-way valve, and can't be back flushed. The second is basically giving instructions on how to use a machine with three buttons: on-off, espresso, steam. No offense, but don't you think that's a bit patronizing?

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

I think you are pressing the wrong button to draw a shot...
Top button is power on/off.
Middle button is for steam (high temp) when pressed in.
Bottom button is to activate pump.
If not used for a while, or just becuase it can't hurt, you can prime the machine by first turning the power on, place something under the steam wand, open the steam wheel, and press both the steam (middle) button and the pump (bottom) button. Allow about a cup of water to pump out the steam wand and then you know the machien is fully primed. Good luck.

Posted on May 14, 2008

Sounds like a clogged three-way valve - you should try and backflush the machine

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

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