Question about Pasquini Livia 90 Espresso Machine

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Hello experts! My older Livia 90 semi will turn on normally (orange and green lights on) , boiler operates, pressure seems to stay at zero for a while, then suddenly rises, only to turn itself off in about 20 minutes (it sometimes will allow maybe 1 shot to be drawn, then drops off pressure and nothing). Steam wand will work as long as there is some pressure left; hot water dispenser sort of dribbles instead of working its way up to a decent flow. After the machine has been turned off for a while (like overnight or several hours) it will repeat this performance. If you try to start it up again too soon, it only turns on -- no orange or green lights. I tried adjusting the pressure stat - no change. Thanks for any advice.

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  • waterdogs127 May 29, 2011

    Thank you for your thoughts on this. When you say "try to get an expert to determine...", do you mean I should send it for repairs? Overheating makes sense to me - but I doubt there are any "experts" in my area who could help. There do not seem to be any vents blocked and I did not even know there was a fan in there! Thank you again.


  • waterdogs127 May 29, 2011

    I do not mean to be argumentative, but is it possible to find someone who actually knows something about espresso machines? I mean, I suspected something similar -- too much heat or too much pressure -- but I sort of lose confidence when things like "fans" are blamed -- maybe those are more appropriate for another type of electronic device?

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Hi waterdogs127,

Have you descaled it recently? If you have, then It sounds like either the outlet valve from the pump or the pump itself is going bad.
You could try cleaning the valve to be sure it is clear of crud so the water can get through, then either replace the valve or pump. I am thinking the pump is going since it fluctuates.

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The symptoms really do make it ? bit hard to diagnose the unit particularly, but with the issue of what happens when you allow it cool down for ? while this only leaves one chance which is an overheating problem. Somewhere in the system there is a likelihood that the main control panel which is meant to control the operation of the entire unit is suffering from too much heat affecting its operation that's why the system seems to function normal until the heat builds up and doesn't work properly till the heat cools down. The heat could be as a result of the fan on the control board being bad or one or more airvents being blocked or maybe a malfunction in the unit. Try to get an expert to determine what is causing the. Overheating until then try not to put the unit on so as to avoid completely damaging the control board as it still seems in good condition. Feel free to request further assistance. Hope this solution has been helpful?

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    Rockme May 29, 2011

    Thanks for the respone. The only logical explanation is overhetating as I explained. Unless you have the technical know how you would need expert assistance not necessary on coffee machines but any electronics engineer will do but with supervision. Depending on the unit the cooling mechanism mostly has a fan or something similar.

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