Question about Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine
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My Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine (Cafe Roma) suddenly stopped heating water, and of course no longer makes coffee. The machine is about 7 months old and has barely been used once a day. It literally went from making a nice espresso to nothing, all within the space of an hour.
Calls to Breville customer service have been one-sided, as they never answer or reply to emails. (Wonder how you get a job like that??)
Mine stopped heating (pumped only cold water) and when I opened the top of the machine I noticed that the blue electrical cable to the thermal block assembly (probably to the thermal fuse, but I an not sure about that) corroded and was loose. I fixed the connection and since then the machine heats perfect.
Posted on Sep 18, 2011
Same problem for my machine. I opened the top by removing the two screws behind and the screw on the top. There are also two screws that are accessible with a long screwdriver on both sides of the portafilter (the screws retain the top also). See drawings in link for details.
I also had the blue connector connected to the heater completly burned. I managed to fix it with pliers and I added some solder to ensure a better electrical contact. I also added some solder on the red connector (also connected to the heater) because it turn red and fumed when I turned the heater on again. These connectors have poor contact and may heat up with the high current passing to heat up the water. Just make sure that there is a solid contact and that it cannot get loose during the vibrations of the pump.
Posted on Oct 11, 2015
Instead of soldering the 2 connectors, I used part of the electrical connector showed in the attaches image ( pointed by an arrow). This creates a solid connection between the 2 items, and now the water heats up un less than 20 seconds.
Posted on Nov 01, 2016
As Hans suggested, take off the top and check the blue wire feeding into there abloom. Mine was corroded and snapped so was only occasionally providing contact. 5 min solder job and machine now consistently heats up in about 2 minutes versus ( 20minutes to never )that I had previously experienced.
Posted on Apr 22, 2013
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