Question about FrancisFrancis! X1 - Stainless Steel Espresso Machine
I have a Francis Francis X1 that is probably close to 4 years old. It worked fine during that time, but now we have moved to a house with GCIF outlets (with a breaker on the outlet). As soon as the machine is turned on, it immediately flips the GCIF outlet breaker. The machine works on outlets without the GCIF feature, but all the outlets in our kitchen are wired with GCIF. Anyone know the cause of this problem or how to fix it? Does it mean there is a short in the machine? If so can it be fixed? I have noticed an occasional problem recently with the machine--if allowed to get very hot while on the steaming phase before you actually turn the wheel to release the steam, the pump seems to switch off (so that know steam comes through the wand even thought the machine gets quite loud with steam hissing noises). Is this a sign of a short?
When it trip the GFCI but not the regular outlet its the element, and it needs to be replaced.
Posted on May 21, 2009
This problem is caused by a corroded heating element - water is getting in, and making contact with the live wire. The water then makes a circuit between the live wire, and the grounded body of the boiler, which will cause your GFCI (Earth Leakage) outlets to trip.
This is potentially a dangerous issue, and you really shouldn't disconnect your ground wire, or you'll get a shock from the body of the machine! The only safe solution is to replace the element.
Posted on May 16, 2009
Only a sort of solution......
after reading through the comments here, I did what was suggested.....ie. leave the on switch permanently ON and turn the machine on and off at the wall socket only. It does work!
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
I have the same problem with mine. just called service and they told me that the heating element is probably corroded and needs to be replaced. but it's big bucks - about $200 (100 for the part, 65 for them to open it up, and 20-30 for shipping it back to me)!
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
Appliances that cycle power, fridges, freezers, espresso machines...tend to trip GFCI outlets. Not a problem with the machine.
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
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!
Posted on Apr 10, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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