A few days ago I took the cover off my saeco magic cappuccino to do some much needed cleaning. When I put it back together, I went to brew some espresso and noticed that the portafilter was not locking in tight. I had to push it 90 degrees past the lock point before it started to snug up some, but even still, it is not tight enough to brew espresso. This has to be a simple fix. Please help.
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If it is under warranty ,call the manufacturer .There are many causes to the service code , coffee beans ground too fine ,setting for 3 beans may be too much if the beans are small, try setting with one bean...
Valve, round cover , spring loaded , on top of brew group dirty, metal valve pin may be covered with deposits from coffee oils . check manual or call a service center , screen of bottom piston plugged with coffee oils , to silver screen plugged with coffee oils .
none of the super-automatics like oily , shiny or over roasted beans .
Yes. The thermal fuse is incased in a browish/red cover and is held on to the boiler by a clamp that holds the thermostats on. Slide the fuse out from the clamp and slide the cover off the thermal fuse. Test with a ohms meter. If its bad you should get no reading. You can get a new 182c thermal fuse from Radio Shack, electronics store, or appliance store. If no luck there online espresso machine retailers like Seattle Coffee Gear, Whole-Latte-Love, 1st-Line should be able to help you. Do not try to solder the new fuse in. It has to be crimpwed on or it will blow again.
First, I'm NOT a Briel technician, But if you still have pressure from the removal of the portafilter (or capsule) then the exit or pour spout is clogged. You can soak a standard portafilter in warm water over nite and wash it clean in the morning. Really bad? then soak in urn cleaner and flush thoroughly prior to use. For capsule machines follow the MFR's instructions to properly flush the machine. You may also try to "fool" the machine into making a 'no coffee' shot by reusing old capsules over and over again to try and flush out old coffee from the spout. Otherwise the unit may need servicing to remove the clog as most of these capsule machines do not have serviceable parts. Contact your vendor or MFR directly for service or replacement.
*warning! Try not to stick a pin, nail, or paper clip into spout(s) as this may damage valve or offset the dual pour spout. Most of these machines have double spouts and can be easily pushed out of alignment.
* Final; I've noted that your probably using a portafilter type machine. If you have water or steam dripping from head then there is a leak in your head valve or commonly called the 'Group Valve'. Fortunately this is a serviceable part and can be replaced by your vendor.
PS. Have you tried 'Back Flushing? Use a "BLANK" portafilter basket (the one with no holes) or a back flush rubber stopper (from Cimbali). Add a 1/4 teaspoon of urn cleaner of flush cleaner to portafilter and lock onto group. Run shot till it stops (excess pressure and dose will by-pass the group valve. This will flush old coffee and crud out the by-pass pipe and into drain tray. If nothing happens and the group hums for longer than 20 seconds then your probably got a clogged valve and back flush pipe. All will need disassembly, cleaning and/or replacement. Best to call your Vendor for service.
*Be sure to run the group several times and wash the portafiler to get rid of the urn cleaner.
*Tip; It's a good idea to back flush every hour with with plain water from the shot to just get rid of the coffee grounds stuck to the group shower head and leftover coffee in the group valve. Does not hurt the machine and keeps everything working smoothly.
Open the door on the right. The brew unit is the thing with the handle that has the push on it. You need to push on the upper left side of the brew unit until it clicks. There is an outlet spout on the opposite side of where you are pushing. It goes into an intake port that needs to be lubed, so the outlet spout will slide in without pushing back. That should take care of the missing brew unit.
The group head gasket needs to be cleaned or replaced. First get a brush and clean put the head, then insert back wash filter(basket with no holes) in portafilter, make sure that it is seated properly(atleast 90° angle with machine), then run the head if nothing leaks around the portafilter the gasket is fine, if it leaks then replace the gasket. Make sure that you press the stop button before removing the back wash filter.
1) The coffee you are using may not be ground finely enough to provide a proper extraction time, resulting in water rushing through the ground coffee much too quickly. Think of it like water running through a handful of pebbles as opposed to a handful of sand. You want "sandier" coffee.
2) Your gasket (the rubber part that seals the portafilter to the group head) may be worn/damaged and is leaking water when you are brewing. Attempt to contact FF! or Saeco to secure a replacement gasket. When you are not using the machine, don't tighten the portafilter all the way in to the head, either leave it completely disengaged or only loosely attached. This saves wear on the gasket.
3) Your brew water may be too hot. Purge your boiler right before brewing by running water into a bowl without the portafilter locked in. After a few seconds the superheated water will be run out and you're ready to brew.
Brew group light is lighting. Could be a number of things....
Machine may need to be primed. Try turning on the steam valve and let some water threw. See if that helps.
If you can't get the brew drive out, its jammed. You could try unplugging it for about a day, and then plugging it in, sometimes it will reset it self. Else it has to be brought back in, should take 5 minutes to do.
It could also be the descaler light popped on. hold down the steam button and it may turn off.
It could also be a sensor that wasn't put back properly.
Its hard to really say, the light diagnostic system for magic's isn't the best.