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by chas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

BTW: By broken circuit breaker on the steam boiler, do you actually mean the thermal breaker that has a red button on it? I broke off the threaded bolt that connects it to the top of the boiler on my last V2. I just used thermal epoxy to glue it back on.
by chas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

Did you just need to untrap the ribbon cable or do you have to replace the ribbon cable?
by chas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Loud knocking noises even after descaling
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Loud knocking noises even after descaling

I don't know what that noise is but it doesn't sound like the kind of knocking noise that occurs when the boiler is in need of descaling. If this were the plumbed-in model, I say the capacitor on top of the rotary motor was loose. I am not sure what this noise means on a Mini. However, if you take t...
by chas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

The S1 boilers are NOT stainless steel. They are either chromed brass or chromed copper. What you see in your bottom photo is an area where the chrome has been etched off. This doesn't make any difference. I've also had this happen with portafilters. Given this, the inside of your steam boiler looks...
by chas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm

Before you take anything apart, you should try backflushing a few times with Cafiza. This might dissolve and/or dislodge the minerals without having to start taking things apart.
by chas
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm

Minerals deposits have broken loose inside the group boiler, traveled toward the group, and are now keeping the 3-way solenoid valve from closing completely, You'll need to remove and disassemble it for cleaning.
by chas
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

How much is the element bent? If it should bend down and touch the bottom of the boiler, it could start tripping your GFCI - assuming you have one on that circuit. Should that happen you're only recourse will be to replace the element.
by chas
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

Check out the photos here. As far as I can tell all looks right except that the bottom strap shouldn't be there. If you carefully pry out the plastic disk in the middle of the steam knob there is a nut inset in the knob that should be tight. Do you think it got loose and the previous owner added thi...
by chas
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

The back of the coffee boiler unscrews. They make a special wrench for that but I am not sure where you would purchase one. Also a strap wrench might work. In any case there is a gasket that sits in a groove in the lid that must be replaced. Don't open the boiler without one on hand. As for the stea...
by chas
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm

If you have 120VAC for 5 minutes after you power the machine on before it alarms and turns off that means both the temp sensor and the triac board are OK so it must be the heater element. Also, your heater element resistance reading is not good. Unfortunately, at $88 the heater element the most expe...
by chas
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Lamps 20 and 21 alarm

The error really indicates that the group boiler temp has not exceeded 60C within 5 minutes. This can actually be caused by a bad temperature probe, a bad heater element, or a bad triac board/SSR. The best way to tell if it's the triac board or SSR is to use an AC voltmeter to see if there is 115VAC...
by chas
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi ii completely dead but fuses look ok
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: S1 Vivaldi ii completely dead but fuses look ok

Get a few fuses in case there is a reason that the last one blew. Check that neither boiler heater element is shorted.
by chas
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi ii completely dead but fuses look ok
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: S1 Vivaldi ii completely dead but fuses look ok

Did you only visually inspect the fuses rather than using an ohmmeter. In theory a visual inspection should be enough but I have seen an occasional fuse go bad where it wasn't visually obvious.
by chas
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Dream T General Q&A
Topic: Programming Shot Dose Issues
Replies: 6
Views: 5603

Re: Programming Shot Dose Issues

I've owned all three models of S1 and have not had this issue with any of them. What are the steps you are using to program the Volumetric dosing?

Check this manual if you haven't already: Dream GUI Manual
by chas
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Smart Plug
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: Smart Plug

Unfortunately, I don't think this is possible. This is due to the fact that when the machine is powered up it comes up in Standby mode. The latest firmware version for the Dream models does support the SmartPlug due to the fact that the machine can power up in On mode rather than standby, but this o...
by chas
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Clean or Replace Solenoid?
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Clean or Replace Solenoid?

BTW: All the times I have descaled the LaSpaziale, I have poured descaling solution directly into each boiler which would not get the solution into the areas where these mineral deposits are located. How are you going to descale that will get the solution into the steam boiler fill tubing?
by chas
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Clean or Replace Solenoid?
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Clean or Replace Solenoid?

The first two spots mentioned in my post are before the solenoid output and the third is beyond at the point when the water flows into the boiler. Many folks have had this exact same problem and none of them has ever had to replace the solenoid in order to fix it. However, if you do purchase a new s...
by chas
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Clean or Replace Solenoid?
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Clean or Replace Solenoid?

This issue has happened to many people and it is NOT the solenoid. You should be able to find this issue covered a number of times if you use the Search function at the upper right of every Forum page. The bottom line, if you have trouble with the Search function, you have a partial mineral blockage...
by chas
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1V1 upgrade to S1V2 -> worth it?
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: S1V1 upgrade to S1V2 -> worth it?

Chris Nachtrieb, the owner of Chris' Coffee Service, worked with LaSpaziale to come up with the V2 design. For that, he got exclusive rights to sell and distribute that machine in the US for a specific period of time. During this period LaSpaziale still made the S1 for sale everywhere else. In order...
by chas
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam wand vivaldi II
Replies: 8
Views: 1258

Re: Steam wand vivaldi II

Also, you may want to read this post:R&R for steam washer replacement
by chas
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam wand vivaldi II
Replies: 8
Views: 1258

Re: Steam wand vivaldi II

BTW: When I bought my first espresso machine, I had a lot of tools but nothing metric. Now I have a complete set of metric crescent wrenches, socket wrenches, Nut Drivers, Torx wrenches, and Allen wrenches. Not all these are for the LaSpaziale.
by chas
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam wand vivaldi II
Replies: 8
Views: 1258

Re: Steam wand vivaldi II

I think I have the link fixed in the original email. Give it another try.
by chas
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam wand vivaldi II
Replies: 8
Views: 1258

Re: Steam wand vivaldi II

Strange. I cut and pasted the link and it works in Chrome on my PC but not on my Android devices. I am trying to figure out why.

Otherwise, that nut probably is a 20mm. Since the machine was designed and built in Italy, everything is metric.
by chas
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam wand vivaldi II
Replies: 8
Views: 1258

Re: Steam wand vivaldi II

There are two O rings in that area. Check out page 3 of the parts manual here: V2 Parts Manual . The 2 needed O Rings are parts numbered: 7280 and 8289. Most decent hardware stores probably have the correct sizes in stock. Take these two O Rings with you so you can match them up. Alternately, the ex...
by chas
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: S1-V2 - Safety Valve failed (again)
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: S1-V2 - Safety Valve failed (again)

I guess the first thing to figure out is whether your boiler pressure is really going high enough to trigger the valve or whether you are getting a bunch of faulty valves. I have tried but never been able to find out what pressure is supposed to open them up. I would think it should be at least 2.5-...
by chas
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)
Replies: 57
Views: 50489

Re: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)

I use the X10 Flash modules for some home applications myself and the I/O Link appears to be an updated Insteon version of the same thing. The common and normally open connections are the correct ones. You'll want to short those two pins together for about 1s. If you short them for 3s of more you'll...
by chas
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump not working
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: Dream pump not working

For additional info, check this thread:
http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=5 ... pump+motor
by chas
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump not working
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: Dream pump not working

If you need to rebuild the pump and want to try it yourself, here is an excellent post:
http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=2 ... pump+motor
by chas
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump not working
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: Dream pump not working

Have you tried manually rotating the pump shaft? If it turns relatively easily, the pump should be fine. Of course, if the motor is running properly when disconnected from the pump, that pretty much points a finger at the pump. Are there signs that the rear pump seal has been leaking such as mineral...
by chas
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Hot water tap
Replies: 1
Views: 1434

Re: Hot water tap

It's hard to tell if your machine is spitting more than normal w/o a video. In general, it's normal for the 2nd half of a hot water pull depending on how much water you are pulling. That's one thing I really like about my GS/3. It has a mixing valve that allows me to mix some cold water with the hot...
by chas
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: The Scace Rental Program
Replies: 120
Views: 114489

Re: The Scace Rental Program

FYI: Once you have made two posts you will be able to PM.
by chas
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Water hardness test strips
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Re: Water hardness test strips

I don't like any of the paper test strips for just that reason. Instead, I bought one of those "liquid" hardness test kits that are actually intended for use with aquariums. This is the one I use: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008FM7WLU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's a l...
by chas
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: setting two-cup timer for 28 seconds
Replies: 6
Views: 3756

Re: setting two-cup timer for 28 seconds

Sounds like you need to read this manual: V2 Mini Owners Manual FYI, there is no way to disable the volumetric dosing. If you want to manually control dosing, program a button for more water than you'll ever need, then press the button while running to turn off the flow. Calling it a timer is incorr...
by chas
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The LaSpaziale S1 Family Of Machines Needs A Serious Refresh!
Replies: 8
Views: 1444

Re: The LaSpaziale S1 Family Of Machines Needs A Serious Refresh!

I can't honestly argue with you about that. When this forum started it was chock full of new users figuring out ways to get the best out of the machine and figuring out the incorrect and/or woefully underdocumented features. Also, there were a lot of Day One issues that now seem to have been address...
by chas
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Troubleshooting Tips Mini Blowing Fuses
Replies: 8
Views: 5965

Re: Troubleshooting Tips Mini Blowing Fuses

From what I have heard from others on this Forum over the years, a tripping GFCI is normally due to moisture that gets inside the heater element''s metal jacket. When the element turns on, the water turns to steam and causes an unbalanced current between neutral and ground which trips the GFCI. This...
by chas
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage

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Here's an excerpt from the latest Dream-T manual. If it doesn't work like this, I guess the documentation is wrong.
by chas
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage

The Dream-T manual I have explicitly says to start by pressing the Menu/OK button for 5 seconds. This is supposed to pop up a screen telling you to then press the one or two-cup buttons to actually start the pump. Sounds like maybe they changed this in the new software version. So the newest manual ...
by chas
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage

Didn't CCS offer a two-year warranty on this machine when you bought it? If so, their tech support should handle this and provide you with whatever free support you need to return your machine to operation.
by chas
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Dream T - can't fill boiler after storage

Do you know what version of software the machine is running? That usually shows on the front panel right after you apply power. I know they don't use the Threshold A /B feature anymore. I can't remember now if that's because the new firmware no longer needs it or if it means you have an early produc...
by chas
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No Power
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: No Power

It is most likely that fuse or it could actually be the fuse holder itself. A number of folks on this forum have mentioned that their fuse holders failed. Apparently, LaSpaziale uses cheap 15A fuse holders. Fine a good quality 20A fuse holder and put in a new fuse while you're at it. Also, many of t...
by chas
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Brand new, 3 way valve issue? Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Brand new, 3 way valve issue? Help!

That looks and sounds like pretty normal operation for a Mini. It is normal on a Mini for the pressure gauge needle to vibrate like that. They use a pretty simple method to adjust the pressure and there is no damping used. You may want to adjust the pressure higher, however. See the manual linked be...
by chas
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Couple of questions from new owner
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: Couple of questions from new owner

1) By definition, there is no pre-infusion in the Mini other than with the optional chamber. Pre-infusion uses line pressure to start wetting the puck before the pump kicks in. However, there is no line pressure in the tank version 2) if your board supports V1 or V2 modes when you first plug in the ...
by chas
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Brand new, 3 way valve issue? Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: Brand new, 3 way valve issue? Help!

I can't get the link to work.
by chas
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working

Check out this page for assistance:

Steam Arm Assembly & Parts
by chas
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working

In that case, it sounds like you must have a partial blockage between the boiler and the steam wand. With a cold machine, you may want to disconnect the proper water line at the boiler and open the steam control valve and blow through the line to see if that's where the blockage is. Also, with that ...
by chas
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Timer DIY
Replies: 14
Views: 5286

Re: Timer DIY

Two things: 1) I have never seen the serial protocol used between the front panel and the controller board documented. 2) To remotely turn the machine on and off, that protocol is not what is used anyway. All you have to do is momentarily ground the right pin on the front panel. If you use the Searc...
by chas
Sat May 30, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivaldi II / S1 hot water solenoid issue
Replies: 1
Views: 492

Re: Vivaldi II / S1 hot water solenoid issue

Did you just replace the solenoid or did you replace the solenoid AND valve? Just replacing the solenoid won't fix it. In all likelihood the problem was never the solenoid, just the valve.
by chas
Fri May 22, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working

Your gauge is a little off but not enough to justify its replacement. Your current 0 point is 0.2bar so a gauge reading of 1.5bar is really 1.3bar which is perfect for an S1 steam boiler. The next thing you should check is that your water level probe has not gotten pushed up by the pressure. If so, ...
by chas
Mon May 18, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Vivaldi II - Steam wand barely working

Before getting deep into it, check these things out:

1) With the boiler completely cold, confirm that the boiler pressure gauge is exactly at 0 bar.
2) Let the steam boiler get completely up to temperature, check the boiler pressure gauge.
by chas
Sun May 17, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

It looks like coffee residue. How often do you do a detergent back flush?
by chas
Mon May 11, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam
Replies: 5
Views: 1789

Re: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam

A couple of comments about that water flow schematic: 1) I don't think that's what the poster is looking for. 2) That is not a LaSpaziale approved document. I created that drawing by taking all the covers off and manually tracing the path of the water lines. I think it's reasonably accurate but I wo...
by chas
Sat May 09, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam
Replies: 5
Views: 1789

Re: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam

I have little doubt that LaSpaziale has schematics for this device but they have never shared them with the masses.

However, many people have had issues with the water level sensor over the years. You should be able to find some of these threads using the Forum's search feature.
by chas
Sat May 09, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam
Replies: 5
Views: 1789

Re: Limited water from outlet, plenty of steam

Based on the amount of steam coming out instead of hot water, it seems possible that the water level in your steam boiler is too low. Try loosening the nut that keeps the water level probe in place, pull the probe up about 1/4" to 1/3", then retighten the nut.
by chas
Wed May 06, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: 4mm OD teflon tube source
Replies: 3
Views: 1527

Re: 4mm OD teflon tube source

I don't have a definitive answer to your question. However, the water inlet tube to the steam boiler is never more than ~1.3bar and it's cold water so that should expand your options.
by chas
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Dream T General Q&A
Topic: Steam Boiler Inlet Leak (Dream T)
Replies: 2
Views: 3202

Re: Steam Boiler Inlet Leak (Dream T)

I don't think that's a swivel joint. If it moves then the screw on fitting is loose. Teflon tape is fine to use on pretty much all water tight connections on the Dream.
by chas
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T - Occasional shutdown after brewing
Replies: 2
Views: 1584

Re: Dream T - Occasional shutdown after brewing

Have you looked here: https://s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=1917

Sounds like the same issue to me.
by chas
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Standby light flashing but not turning on
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

Re: Standby light flashing but not turning on

If you search this forum for posts by folks that have automated turning the machine on and off, you will find documented the two contacts/wires on that back side of the front panel that need to be shorted together briefly in order to turn the machine on and off. Short these manually and see if the m...
by chas
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

by chas
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

Since you are in Israel, does that mean you have a 230V machine?

If so, this part from espressoparts.com is probably what you need. I have not been able to find an option for the S1 that doesn't include both the valve and the solenoid.
230V, 3-way Valve
by chas
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

It's probably the 3-way valve itself and not the solenoid. You should remove the 3-way valve and check under it for obstructions. It is also possible that there is small mineral deposit inside the valve. You can try taking the valve apart to check. That said I have had this issue with 3 or 4 3-way v...
by chas
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

BTW: The link to the video in your original email is improperly formed so I can't watch it. Otherwise, that might answer the questions I asked previously.
by chas
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V2 leak assistance
Replies: 12
Views: 3341

Re: S1V2 leak assistance

There is no OPV on that side. There is an expansion valve (right) and a 3-way valve release tube (left) that are next to each other. What you need to do depends on which one is leaking.
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by chas
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Bean grind/shot inconsistancy? Anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 3284

Re: Bean grind/shot inconsistancy? Anyone?

I'd like to blame the Vario. I had an early model and it had a lot of issues. However, I assume they have fixed those by now. My Vario was the only espresso item I gave away rather than selling. I couldn't bring myself to charge anyone for it!
by chas
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Bean grind/shot inconsistancy? Anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 3284

Re: Bean grind/shot inconsistancy? Anyone?

What kind of grinder are you using?
by chas
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Troubleshooting Tips Mini Blowing Fuses
Replies: 8
Views: 5965

Re: Troubleshooting Tips Mini Blowing Fuses

Are you using the terms brew boiler and steam boiler backwards? Otherwise, I am not sure how you can get the brew boiler to heat up and then pull a shot with the brew boiler leads disconnected?
by chas
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Two unrelated? Adventures - Steam Valve, Blown Fuse
Replies: 2
Views: 9007

Re: Two unrelated? Adventures - Steam Valve, Blown Fuse

The biggest cause of this failure is some water getting inside the steam boiler heater element causing a partial short. Try disconnecting the power leads at the top of the steam boiler. If it still happens try pulling the heater element wires at the back of the coffee boiler. If either of those make...
by chas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser
Replies: 6
Views: 3312

Re: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser

This document is the best thing I have but the diagrams are probably at a much higher level than what you're looking for. Perhaps an actual Mini owner will chime it and upload some labelled photos.

V2 Mini Manual
by chas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser
Replies: 6
Views: 3312

Re: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser

After the pump starts to refill the boiler a 60 second timer starts. If the machine does not get a boiler full signal from the water level probe before that times out, the machine will shut off. So you definitely have a low boiler water level due to an obstruction in the water line, as you suspect. ...
by chas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Spaziale S1 Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 1
Views: 1802

Re: Spaziale S1 Steam Boiler Overheating

Does the boiler pressure gauge go down to zero when the machine is cold?
by chas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group gauge not working
Replies: 5
Views: 3176

Re: Group gauge not working

Here's the one I got. It's from a place in Portland, OR (espressoparts.com) which is 3,000 miles from me and probably 7,000 miles from you. Hopefully you can find this part closer to home. One of the advantages in going this route is that the threads will fit on any portafilter. So if you buy a diff...
by chas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser
Replies: 6
Views: 3312

Re: No water from mini vivaldi water dispenser

During this one minute period before the machine shuts off. Is the pump running?
by chas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group gauge not working
Replies: 5
Views: 3176

Re: Group gauge not working

If you have a spare portafilter see if you can just locate a pressure gauge to screw onto the bottom. It's a lot cheaper that way since the portafilters themselves are pretty pricey. That's what I did for my current PF pressure gauge. New S1's come with two PFs so you can use one for a double spout ...
by chas
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group gauge not working
Replies: 5
Views: 3176

Re: Group gauge not working

Unless your incoming water pressure is ~110psi, it sounds like the gauge is bad. If your incoming water pressure is high, it is recommended that you use a pressure regulator in the water line to your machine. It should ideally be around 3-3.5bar.
by chas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 spitting water from steam boiler vacuum breaker
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Re: S1 spitting water from steam boiler vacuum breaker

If it's by the main ground post it must be under the group boiler (smaller one) rather than the steam boiler since the steam boiler is on the opposite side of the machine from the main ground post in all the machines I have seen. I've had three of these machines and I don't recall seeing that board ...
by chas
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 spitting water from steam boiler vacuum breaker
Replies: 9
Views: 4360

Re: S1 spitting water from steam boiler vacuum breaker

Strange that it's not connected to anything. That board must be specific to the Mini. I don't believe my plumbed in model has this board.

Did you buy this machine new or used?
by chas
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1V1 steam/hot water problem
Replies: 4
Views: 2773

Re: S1V1 steam/hot water problem

I actually mentioned two issues related to the water level probe and they should be the first things you check. It does sound like the boiler may be overfilling. Given how many years you ran hard water through it you should probably descale the boiler. Though at this point that would probably requir...
by chas
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Leak from Pressure Relief Valve
Replies: 6
Views: 14448

Re: Leak from Pressure Relief Valve

I've never owned a Mini, but from what I recall hearing and seeing in other's photos this is the over pressure valve. On the plumbed version this actually screws into the top of the boiler and point straight up rather than the one on the Mini that hangs down. On the plumbed version I have never seen...
by chas
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 4
Views: 2787

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

Lights 20 and 21 on steady means that the coffee boiler temperature probe has failed. This is pretty easy to fix yourself once you have the part in hand. However, the best case option is that the wire just popped off which is unlikely but worth checking since this would be a "free" fix. In either ca...
by chas
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump not working
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: Dream pump not working

More questions... 1) How long did it work right before it failed? i.e. is it still under warranty? 2) Can you pull hot water so that the pump runs to refill the steam boiler? if not, it's likely to be the pump motor or the pump has seized. 3) If you press the one-cup or two-cup buttons does the 3-wa...
by chas
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump not working
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: Dream pump not working

What pressure shows on the gauge? Have you tried adjusting the pump pressure?
by chas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Group head water flow
Replies: 7
Views: 6439

Re: Group head water flow

BTW: If you find an alternate screen alignment that you really like, mark across the side of the two screens with a black magic marker so you can align then that way after every removal for cleaning.
by chas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Group head water flow
Replies: 7
Views: 6439

Re: Group head water flow

The water flow looks OK to me. If you want to change the flow you do have some options. There is a brass dispersion block with a row of holes and then two shower screens that bolt to the group head. You might try rotating the two screens relative to each other. They each have holes and rotating them...
by chas
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Only steam from hot water spout
Replies: 5
Views: 4117

Re: Only steam from hot water spout

If you think you may have some items screwed into the wrong holes, you can use some of the photos in this thread to check yourself.

http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=2416
by chas
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Only steam from hot water spout
Replies: 5
Views: 4117

Re: Only steam from hot water spout

The drawing below shows an extension tube that screws into the fitting that attaches the hot water plumbing to the boiler. The tube is supposed to go below the surface of the water so that you get hot water rather than steam. If it is missing or if the water level probe is so long that it extends fa...
by chas
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: weird high pressure after water pressure regulator install
Replies: 4
Views: 3149

Re: weird high pressure after water pressure regulator install

If I read your signature block correctly, your machine is running SW version 1.20. I have version 1.24 on mine but there may be an even later version. At any rate I think ver 1.24 addresses the issue you are seeing. You may want to contact your machine supplier to see if they have a newer version th...
by chas
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Only steam from hot water spout
Replies: 5
Views: 4117

Re: Only steam from hot water spout

Does hot water come out of the steam wand or do you still get steam out of the steam wand?
by chas
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Fan cycles on and off continuously
Replies: 3
Views: 10965

Re: Fan cycles on and off continuously

Any luck figuring this out?
by chas
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Fan cycles on and off continuously
Replies: 3
Views: 10965

Re: Fan cycles on and off continuously

I assume you have an older system that uses a pair of triac boards to control power to each boiler, since the newer machines have a dual SSR module which I don't believe requires a fan. Both triac boards are identical even though only the steam boiler triac (the one closer to the front of the machin...
by chas
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Fan cycles on and off continuously
Replies: 3
Views: 10965

Re: Fan cycles on and off continuously

The fan should come on whenever the steam boiler is On and it should go off as soon as the steam boiler turns off. Is the steam boiler turning on and off too often or is it just the fan? When the red Boiler light is on steady the boiler heater is off and the fan should be also off. When the red boil...
by chas
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Drip tray filling up
Replies: 2
Views: 3797

Re: Drip tray filling up

If it's not debris or mineral deposits and it looks like the rubber seat itself needs replacement, the part is $4.95 plus shipping.

https://www.chriscoffee.com/collections ... ement-seat
by chas
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Another Boiler Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 3939

Re: Another Boiler Issue

Spitting water in the steam is usually a sign that the boiler is overfilling but not overflowing. This usually happens if there is mineral build-up on the end of the water level probe or if the probe has gotten pushed up. There is a plastic sleeve around the water level probe to insulate it from the...
by chas
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 52
Views: 48500

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Just the other day someone asked in one of the other threads if anyone was still renting their Scace. Are you?
by chas
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1- water box
Replies: 1
Views: 2551

Re: S1- water box

Read this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=57&t=1570
by chas
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam boiler safety valve failure?
Replies: 6
Views: 5156

Re: Steam boiler safety valve failure?

Glad you got things sorted out. I didn't suggest replacing the triac becuase those symptoms were different from the normal triac failure mode. I guess something other than the normal failure occurred with the triac board.
by chas
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Another Boiler Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 3939

Re: Another Boiler Issue

The deal with the Boiler light blinking, but the machine turning off, is a standard error situation. It occurs when the pump runs for longer than one minute without the controller board receiving a signal from the water level sensor indicating a boiler full condition. Many folks, myself included, ha...
by chas
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam boiler safety valve failure?
Replies: 6
Views: 5156

Re: Steam boiler safety valve failure?

Those intermittent problems are a bitch. Out of curiosity did you try switching the boiler off and back on without also cycling power?
by chas
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: New Dream Firmware available V1.24
Replies: 4
Views: 11576

Re: New Dream Firmware available V1.24

Looks like Chris Coffee has totally redone their website. They no longer seem to have links to the software updates on their site.
by chas
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Help a newb out - uneven extraction?
Replies: 3
Views: 7967

Re: Help a newb out - uneven extraction?

The following experiments night be worthwhile. Do these one at a time and observe the results. Also be sure your machine is level first. 1) Leaving the orientation of the screen pair alone, rotate the diffuser block 180degrees 2) Rotate both screens together by 90 degrees 3) Rotate each screen in re...

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