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Leaks under pressure

I’ve enjoyed my Solis SL-90 daily for the past six years. Recently the coffee basket began to disengage (leak) when under pressure. U usually use the double shot basket with Starbucks espresso ground to 3.5 (0.5 courser than their regular espresso grind). I’ve cleaned the unit and the basket with coffee pot cleaner/delimer with no improvement. Any help would be appreciated.

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Your brew head gasket is leaking and needs to be replaced. remove everything and turn the machine on its top. Look ate the brew head inside there is a black gasket and it should be clean and flat. If its cut or curled it needs to be replaced. Not cleaning the brew head will cause this gasket to be cut and after a while it will curl and not seal.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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If it doesn't brew with out the portafilter in, then you have a blockage in your brew head. There is a screw that holds in the dispersion screen. Above that is a larger screw that holds in a check valve. If you can get the check valve out see if water will run through. If not your blockage is in this tube. Run a heavy wire up this tube for about 4 inches. Twist the wire as you go. Test to see if you can get water through. If so, reassemble and do a descale through both the wand and brew head. Use a strong descale the first time and then do a second. Descale 2 to 3 times a year to prevent this.

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Solis SL 90 occasional pressure loss, only a few drips of coffee before it switches itself off. Cleaning sometimes helps or not using for a bit.


HI
There are a few things that can cause this. If it brews without the portafilter in, then your coffees is too fine or you have a blockage in your basket if it has a ring in the bottom. You can clean the basket by using espresso machine cleaner like Cafiza or JoeGlo. Automatic dishwashing detergent works in a pinch also. 1/4 teaspoon in the basket then brew like normal but stop after 3-5 seconds and let set for 1 minute. Repeat this for about 5 - 10 brews then rinse the basket and run 2 - 3 long shots of just water through the basket (brew) to thourghly rinse the basket.
If it doesn't brew with out the portafilter in, then you have a blockage in your brew head. There is a screw that holds in the dispersion screen. Above that is a larger screw that holds in a check valve. if you can get the check valve out see if water will run through. If not your blockage is in this tube. run a heavy wire up this tube for about 4 inches. Twist the wire as you go. Test to see if you can get water through. If so reassemble and do a descale through both the wand and brew head. Use a strong descale the first time and then do a second. Descale 2 to 3 time a year to prevent this.

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If you are using the basket with the black ring in the bottom, it is probably getting plugged up with coffee residue. If this is the case, try using a pinch of automatic dishwasher detergent in the basket with no coffee. and brew like normal, but stop it when it starts to come out the spouts. Let it set for a couple of minutes and then repeat the process. Do this about 5 or 6 times then brew like normal and see if it doesn't clear. If it does, rinse the basket and brew 4 or 5 blank shots (no coffee). Then try to make a coffee. If it doesn't work the you might have to buy a new basket.

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How about with the basket and portafilter in place, but no coffee in the basket? Does the water flow reasonably when you turn on the pump?

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