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My X5 won't turn on. I flip the power switch and nothing happens.

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Could be the thermostatic fuse on the boiler, the heating element died, many possibilities here...

Posted on Apr 02, 2011

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  • dconstant170 Apr 02, 2011

    Thanks! These were things I was afraid of. The lights don't even come on, so I'm wondering if there is a fuse somewhere that blew inside of it. I'm not even sure what the fuse would look like; the connections don't look like fuses to me; just connections. :(

  • matthew schwartz Apr 02, 2011

    Where do you live, this is not something you can repair or troubleshoot unless...you are familiar with electrical troubleshooting. We are here in Los Angeles, we repair these.

  • dconstant170 Apr 03, 2011

    Ah, I am in Iowa. A long way away from Los Angeles, sadly. I've heard the X5 can cost a pretty penny...or a lot of $$ to even have looked at, with a general cost of $150 to repair. If it costs that much, I will put that money into a new machine. I understand circuit flow to some extent. It's not rocket science, and I know to unplug it before playing. :) The innards look pretty straight forward, if I just understood what I was looking at and what to specifically look for. The only thing that looks suspicious in the machine is an attachment to the top of the boiler itself. The connections are covered with fancy plastic "insulators". There are two connections to the top of the boiler itself. One of the plastic insulators looked to be mildly melted. I don't know if that is a fuse or not; it looks more just like a connection. (Something I would cover with electrical tape and not the fancy plastic thing-a-majiggy.) Call me stubborn or stupid, but if it's an easy fix I would prefer to spend the $5 at home and not a lot for someone else to fix the $5 problem.
    Either I die a fast death from electrocution (unlikely...I know better) or I die a slow death from having to make espresso the old fashioned way...on the stove top. There are no radio-tubes that need to be de-energized prior to touching in the machine, so I'm safe until I try to fix it and plug it in. A good circuit-breaker and fire-extinguisher should take care of the rest if worse-comes to worse.
    Logic tells me it's a fuse and not the boiler. If it were the boiler (unless as it was dying it overloaded something), the lights should come on and it should power up to some degree. But since nothing comes on and doesn't even give a "sound" that power is flowing, it makes me think something blew in there so that the power isn't going far. If I could find my darn volt meter I would check the plug first to make sure there aren't any breaks in the cord causing the power to short, but I don't think that's the problem.
    Oh well, Gaggia Classic, here I come.

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