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I have my Silvia for 3 years and for the last couple week, it gives me espresso watery with no crema. I havent changed anything for the last 3 years. Please help!

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It definitely needs preventive maintenance once a year. There could be a couple of issues causing watery espresso. You could have a clogged shower screen or cracked porta-filter basket. They bypass valve from the pump could be leaking causing low pressure (check this by pulling a shot and seeing if water continually flows back into the tank via one of the water hoses).
Mike mikey@espressomachineexperts.com

Posted on Oct 15, 2010

  • Vicomte Oct 15, 2010

    Mike,
    It is maintain regularly. Every 3 months, decalcified, screen, etc... removed and cleaned.

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