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Estro Barista Athena Tripping the GFI Circuit

My Barista Athena espresso machine is tripping the GFI circuit so I assume it's overheating. Can it be repaired and if so what needs replaced and where can I get the parts? Is the repair straightforward enough for me to do it?

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    machine tripped the electric circuit, now won't work - any suggestions for a repair?



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Is there a diagram for the coffee holder. i took mine apart to clean it and i am not sure how the spring goes in.

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It's easy to break the vaporlock on an Athena.

  1. Power the machine off and let it cool (20-30 minutes is plenty)
  2. Place a mug under the steam wand and open the steam valve all the way. If there's residual pressure, let it release the pressure before proceeding
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I have an old Starbucks Barista Athena Espresso maker. It has worked like a charm until last night. Everything works correctly until I start to brew the espresso. The green light is on and the green light...

I just had my Barista Athena do the same thing. My son took the the coffee basket holder apart, nothing wrong there but the gasket on the bottom inside of the holder, where the coffee basket fits, is compressed letting the basket sit too close to the bottom of the holder. He tested this by raising in the basket and got coffee to flow ever so slightly. I just happened to be looking for a new gasket and saw your post.
It is my understanding that Starbucks is no longer making coffee machines. Your best bet is to contact Starbucks and ask who they may be recommending for repair support.
I hope this helps.

Jan 03, 2011 | Estro Barista Athena

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After about 8 years of good use, my machine started making some hard starting & now does not start @ all ?

Sometimes pulling the top off will reveal a plugged up filter on the intake. There are tiny valves at the down side of the pump that must remain free of small particles or calcified deposits..

Oct 08, 2010 | Estro Barista Athena

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Older Kenmore model 110.82673110 washing machine keeps tripping the GFI. Replaced GFI but problem persists. How can I fix this?

i would install a regular outlet... and if the circuit breaker blows. then their is a direct short within the washer .i never heard of GFI being used on a washer ..remove it.. their may be other outlets on this circuit also that can adding to it tripping. like frig.. find out what is on that circuit by shutting off the breaker for washer see what else goes off...

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I can hear the pump working but my Barista Athena isn't working

My father gave me the machine as it was sitting in his basement. It is out of waranty so when it didnt work I took the cover off to have a look. The pump obviously was the culprit. I took the pump out of the machine and took it to a shop that repairs Serco machines (they made these). The new pump cost me $CDN 65.00 and voila it was working again. The tech said the mechanism probably got dried out inside. You can find the pump on the internet (Ulka EX5).
Just make sure you take off the right angle connector at the end of the pump that leads to the boiler, you will not get this piece. It also doesn't matter if you get the one that has a plastic part coming out of the pump instead of the copper one on the factory installed unit.

I also found this blog, read further down to see how to take the pump apart and clean it.

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When plugged in the gfi pops what could this be?

If you are just popping the gfi, you probably have a leak the is dripping onto a part of the main circuit. If you are tripping a breaker you have a dead short. Both need to be taken care of.

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I need a manual for the Starbucks Athena Barista - how can I get one?

I believe this is the URL you want:

Jan 11, 2009 | Estro Barista Athena

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I just took mine apart, and put it back together. Of the three holes for the screws, there are two smaller and one bigger hole. Align the larger hole on the filter and the base, and the tiny plastic bit and the spring go in to the larger, along with the hollow and larger screw.

Aug 11, 2008 | Estro Barista Athena

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Starbucks Estro Barista Athena

Mine is a red O-ring about 2 1/4" diameter, the same as some automotive brake calipers. A well equipped mechanic or parts store like NAPA should have a supply of O-rings with the proper size, best to take your strainer in to test fit.

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