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Steam and Foam

Steam is coming from the safety valve - I don't see where you can tighten it - thus the pressure never builds up enough to make good foam and the green light won't go off

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  • ebarlieb Jan 15, 2009

    Brand new machine received for Christmas. Cleaned as instructed. Worked one afternoon. Thereafter, all steam continued to "bleed" from the safety valve. Tried recleaning, refillin,... Pavoni agreed to repair under warranty but shipping is to be at my expense. One day of so-so coffee! Plus the machine is disappointing in materials. Design is excellent - clearly Italian. Unfortunately the manufacturing is also Italian!

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I don't know how old is your machine? I had the same problem not long after I got mine.
It's only six months old and I think the valve shouldn't age so quickly.
After adding water in tank, I push the machine on table,
slowly and steadly, expecting the fricton between the table and
machine's base to "vibrate".
It works all the time.
How does it works? I don't know yet, maybe it's the vibration moves
the air bobbles accumulates under the valve?

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Hi,

You may be able to extend the life of the valve in the following way:
1. Hold the valve body with the open end of a wrench, so that it doesn't move relative to the machine body. This wrench will need to be thin, in order to get in there - I grund some material off a regular wrench, to make a "special tool" thin enough for this.
2. Put a socket on the valve and undo its housing from the top.
3. Remove the valve from its housing, clean the plug andf its seat. Then stretch the spring a bit. That will increase the pressure that holds the valve closed.
4. Reassemble, holding the valve body with the open end wrench, so that it doesn't move relative to the machine body.

Fergus.

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Hi,

You have to replace the safety valve with a new one.

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