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Francis Francis X1 too high temperature

Recently bought a defect X1 I am trying to fix.
Until now I have opened the alu-boiler and cleaned it inside, changed the boiler gasket to stop it leaking and also changed the gasket in the brew head valve to stop the dripping. Only remaining problem is that the temp. gets too high (130 °C) when the machine is turned on, and when temp is reached and the light goes out, nothing happens if the steam switch is turned on. I guess there are two possibilities, 1) the electronic thermostat is defect or 2) the wires for the PCB have been swapped around by the former owner.
Can anyone help me with a diagram for the PCB?

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  • albionkh Jan 17, 2009

    i have the same problem. Machine was fine, then one day it no longer cut out at the appropriate temperature. Just kept getting hotter and hotter. I assume the thermostat is the fault, but can you get replacements?

  • Ernest R
    Ernest R May 11, 2010

    Or it is possible that the steam valve is blocked?



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I had the same problem with my Francis Francis X3 overheating. I'm certain the thermostatic controls are similar and I suspected that as the problem. I did not want to pay the roughly $180-$200 to send it in for repair so I opened the X3, located the thermostat and discovered that it was a Prodigy Italiana TR/86 30C-120C adjustable thermostat with the temperature control knob removed and the "P2" wire-lug removed. I could not find one online, but later discovered that Chris' Coffee Service sells it for the Zaffiro here:
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SOURCE: Francis Francis X1 Electrical Problem

Hello all, I had the same problem and I was not willing to pay to repare the machine so I opened it and had a look inside but could not find anything.
Then started connecting/disconnecting different parts of the machine to isolate the problem which turned to be the boiler. There must be some short inside it so nothing I could fix myself.
Instead what I did is to disconnect the ground connections (yellow cables) and now it's working fine! I didn't notice anything in the last couple of weeks so I'm enjoying the machine again.
Of course there must be a better solution for the problem but this "quick and dirty" trick turned to work out for me!

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Hi There are a couple of things that could have happened. The fuse could have blown, but you wouldn't get a pop usually. The main board could have blown, that will pop. There is a hole below the steam arm. up inside there is a screw that you can loosen. Then you can unscrew the steam knob. There are 4 screws on the bottom side of the cover that will allow you to remove the top. Make sure that the machine is unplugged.

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