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My Silvia is boiling the water then popping the reset this morning when I put the milk under the wand and opened the steamer it seamed to have siphoned milk into the boiler , then when I ran water through the machine I had foamy milky water coming out. does this mean I will need a new boiler or just thermostats?

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You need thermostats and you need to descale the boiler.

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