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Hi, I descaled my machine yesterday - (it was working well until I did this.) I cleaned the solution out. Made sure the boiler was filled and then next day I pulled one shot - switched the button to steam. It was making steaming noises while it was heating up to steam temperature then it tripped the wall switch and turned off. Now when I plug it in and the power button is switched off it trips the fuse on the wall plug. I dont get any lights and if I switch it on and turn reset the wall switch I dont get any lights. I have reset the boiler and let the machine cool down. Any idea what I did to screw up my machine. Guess I shouldn't have cleaned it. It just seems to be over loading the circuit in the wall which it never did before.

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Hi there,
The most common cause for a machine tripping your supply is a faulty element. Usually it is found after descaling as well as basically the scale which is covering the fault is removed and then the contact with water makes it short out. It could be so small that you can't even see it but it is a problem that i have encountered before in many cases. If you require spares or repairs and you are within the UK please get in touch at domesticespresso@live.com and i will be able to sort you out.
I have full access to Rancilio spares so not a problem to get you parts if you want to repair it yourself.

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David
Domestic Espresso

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There are two good ways to descale anything that heats water for food/drinks. The easiest to get is white vinegar. Just put the vinegar in where you normally put water and run the unit until it runs normally. It may take ten or more times to get it cleaned up. Sometimes filling it and then letting it sit overnight makes it work faster, but if it's been a long time, you may need to be patient. The other chemical you can use is citric acid. It works faster but is more difficult to get.

Either way you'll need to run several cycles of water through after you get it clean to remove the taste of the vinegar or citric acid.

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No, it does not quite clean both boilers, even though they are connected, you will have to use the preground chute if your machine has one, if not then grind and brew method will work. The reason, you want to get some of the cleaner through the white plastic valve behind the brewunit and the fitting that connects it to the boiler.

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Descaling rancilio


Use Citric Acid.

  1. Dissolve about one tablespoon of citric acid in the water reservoir.
  2. Fill the boiler completely. Open the steam valve and start a hot water cycle until water comes out the steam vent. Stop the hot water cycle, close the vent.
  3. Let the boiler heat up about 5 minutes. Then turn off the power.
  4. Let the acid solution work for about 1/2 hour.
  5. Pull a 30 second shot to change the water in the boiler.
  6. Repeat flushing cycles (steps 3, 4, & 5) until the water looks clear. Refill the reservoir with water and acid as needed.
  7. Wash out the water reservoir.
  8. Pull 5 or shots to get the acidic water out of the boiler. Run a hot water cycle to clean the acidic water out of the steam vent.
  9. Let the unit come to temperature and look for leaks.
  10. Make some coffee and look for leaks.
  11. Froth some milk and look for leaks.

Jan 18, 2014 | Rancilio Audrey

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Proper way to descale an espresso machine.


Hi
I have seen all ways to descale espresso machines on this and other sites and most are wrong!
Never leave the machine heating while the descaler is in the boiler. It's OK for a few seconds but never for minutes or hours. It will turn your seals hard as a rock and the machine will start leaking. If your machine is leaking you probably left your machine on while it was descaling. Factory programs, if used do not turn the boilers on in the descale mode for this very reason.
If your machine has a factory descale mode, use it. All factory descaling programs use the flow meter to regulate the descaling. The flow meter tells the computer how much water has gone through the boiler. when the machine is out of water the flow meter will stop turning and the computer knows the machine has used up all the descaler, and it will want to be rinsed. Remember the pump has to stop on its own for the computer to know it's done! Again the flow meter will tell the computer it is rinsing and when it is again out of fresh water it will tell the computer it is done rinsing and the descaling message or light will disappear. Remember the pump has to stop on its own for the computer to know it's done! It may say descale on some computers and there is a program for resetting the descale. It's in your menu as "Reset Descale". Choose "Yes" and push the menu button to lock. It's all regulated by your water hardness. I have mine set on 4 and my water is very good. I have over 20,000 drinks, and the original boiler. Saeco(Starbucks) Barista Digital.
This method can be used on any espresso machine.
1. Remove the water tank and fill half way with fresh water.
2. Mix your descaling powder (Citric Acid or Durgol Never use Vinegar) in a glass of warm water. When dissolved pour into water tank.
3. Open steam knob. Have a large bowl under the wand to catch the water expelled from wand.
4. Turn on machine (automatics will cycle then start pumping water) Regular espresso machines you will need to turn on the brew button.
5. When the pump has expelled about 8 ozs through the steam wand turn off only the power button. Leave the other buttons and knobs alone.
6. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the descaler to work, then turn the power button on and run another 8 ozs through the wand and turn off the power button.
7. Repeat step 6 until the water tank is empty. (machines that have magnets in the water tank will not let you pump the water tank dry but they have programs built in to use that will)
8. Once the tank of descaler is empty, rinse out and fill with fresh water.
9. Open steam knob and run the complete tank of fresh water through the boiler without stopping, and once its complete refill with fresh water and your ready to go.

on Jun 03, 2011 | Saeco Vienna De Luxe Espresso Machine

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How do i clean the machine i have a jura cleaning tablet....does this work with the machine and what do I do with it?


Hi
There are 2 different types of cleaning tablets. 1 is for descaling the boiler,
and the other is for cleaning the brewing system. You don't have a jura brewing system, so make sure that it is for descaling the machine before you use it.

Mar 16, 2010 | FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine

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How do I descale the boiler etc


There are two good ways to descale anything that heats water for food/drinks. The easiest to get is white vinegar. Just put the vinegar in where you normally put water and run the unit until it runs normally. It may take ten or more times to get it cleaned up. Sometimes filling it and then letting it sit overnight makes it work faster, but if it's been a long time, you may need to be patient. The other chemical you can use is citric acid. It works faster but is more difficult to get.

Either way you'll need to run several cycles of water through after you get it clean to remove the taste of the vinegar or citric acid.

Dec 31, 2009 | Astoria Argenta SAE-2 Espresso Machine

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Decalcify constantly appears on screen and water leakes from bottom of machine only when u press to make a coffee


HI
Decalcifying your boiler: Your boiler uses water that has dissolved minerals in it. Even if it is filtered, there are minerals. Your boiler needs to be decalcified to prevent mineral deposits from damaging it. Why can this damage your boiler? The boilers within these machines are small and narrow and therefore they heat up quickly. They hold a small amount of water (250 ml). Their heating element is in the boiler housing itself. So when you start to accumulate mineral deposit, you take up space. This lowers efficiency for heating. Also the mineral starts to attack the silicone gasket that seals the boiler and soon you have a leaking boiler. Water hardness is measured in numbers from 1 to 4. Number 1 indicates soft water having a few minerals while Number 4 describes water containing the most minerals. Set your water hardness to 4 is my recommendation to keep your boiler in good working order. Descale more often than not enough!
To program the water hardness into your machine, press the scoop coffee button and hold until you get the menu. Scroll through the menu until you come to water hardness. Set your water hardness to the level that your test strip says. Press enter (scoop button). Use the arrows to select the hardness and then press enter. You have programmed your hardness and now the machine will tell you when to descale.
Auto descale: To automatically descale your machine, press the scoop button and hold it down until you enter the menu. Use the arrows on the left to scroll down until you come to Descale. Press enter and the machine will enter the mode to descale your machine. The process takes about 45 minutes. You don’t have to do a thing except mix a full water tank with descaling solution and have a container under the steam wand when your start. If you have a cappuccinonatori on your machine you will need two containers. To start the descaling process, simply turn the steam knob. When the process is over your machine will say “Descale finished”. Remove your water tank and rinse it out. Refill it with fresh water. Replace on the machine and start the descaling process over again to rinse your machine. Go back into your menu and scroll up or down 1 to signal descale and enter. Choose “Yes” and push enter so the machine will tell you when you need to descale again.

On your machine, the leakage is the seals on one of your 2 boilers. One can be fixed the other will have to be replaced depending on which one is leaking.

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I had the same problem. I own 2 of the same machine. They have a limited life and need to be refurbished every 2-3 years. As far as I know there's only one guy who does this. He's in Vancouver WA. His company is Espresso Resource Northwest......Here's the link: http://www.espressoresourcenw.com/. He does great work at a very reasonable price. He also sells refurbished versions of your machine for about half the price of a new one.

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Hi,

Try to descale the machine, if there are calcium around the boiler then it will not warm up.

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descaling gonna improved the pressure = stronger coffee and clean the inner boiler =warmer coffee but use descaler only not vinegar descaler melt calcium vinegar remove some calcium in littlt piece 1 part descaler 1 part water fill the water container open valve for a few second close it leave it for 15 minute and repeat untill empty after rince very good that stuff is corosif


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no descaler vinegar not strong enought go to hardware store ask for descaler 1part descaler 1part water put it in the water container activatemachine open valve for a few second wait repeat untill empty rinse very good cheer

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