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by chas
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem

In order to get to the area where you can access those locations, you need to remove the top, sides, and read cover in the order below. 1) Top warming tray - one screw, front middle 2) Side Panels - with top tray removed you can access the two top screws on each side, there is one knurled knob on th...
by chas
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump gauge starting at 7bar
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Pump gauge starting at 7bar

I should have mentioned one other important item. Even though this may not have been the cause of your gauge failure, the #1 cause is dropping or excess jarring of the gauge. Since you don't know what the shipper has done with the gauge enroute to your house, always check that the new gauge is prope...
by chas
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Pump gauge starting at 7bar
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Pump gauge starting at 7bar

The way to "reset" the pressure gauge is to buy a new one! What you're describing is the typical failure mode of the pressure gauges.
by chas
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Melting plastic from wiring at terminal block
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: Melting plastic from wiring at terminal block

Yes, I've had this happen to the element connectors on top of the steam boiler multiple times but never in this location. Usually the cause is moisture getting into the copper strands between the crimp connector and where the insulation starts. This causes the wire resistance to increase which makes...
by chas
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

That shouldn't be a problem since the power cord was unplugged before measuring. However, the measurement does need to be made with the wire to the water level sensor disconnected. These days all semi-conductor inputs include a protection diode to prevent an external voltage from blowing out the inp...
by chas
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone Gaskets Available for La Spaziale, Slayer, La Marzocco, Synesso, Mavam
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Silicone Gaskets Available for La Spaziale, Slayer, La Marzocco, Synesso, Mavam

Steve:

I'm a bit confused by these posts. Are you making different sizes for all these machines or just recommending to force fit the LaSpaziale gaskets on all machines?
by chas
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Wood Steam Knobs for LaSpaziale???
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Wood Steam Knobs for LaSpaziale???

Have him make you a matching portafilter handle while you're at it.
by chas
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Wood Steam Knobs for LaSpaziale???
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Wood Steam Knobs for LaSpaziale???

This post is over 9 years old but it might be worth checking to see if he's still doing this:
https://www.home-barista.com/marketplac ... 10642.html
by chas
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

Negative resistance is not possible. I assume you are taking all your ohm readings with the machine off and unplugged. Otherwise all bets are off. Have you tried filling the tank with tap water instead of running it through the Brita filter? Both the S1 Dream and my GS/3 have water level probe sensi...
by chas
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

The bolt should be to the boiler but I will check when I get home. Instead of running another wire, can I just move the water level ground wire so that it's connect to the same bolt as the boiler ground? I was thinking my way would be easier as a test before moving the wire. However, now that I loo...
by chas
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

More questions about the Mini since I don't own one.... 1) The first photo shows the ground wire from the water level probe bolted to the side chassis frame. 2) The second photo shows the main large ground wire bolted to the chassis on the front off the frame. Where does that bolt in the second phot...
by chas
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

I have no experience with a Mini. On the plumbed version, there are 8 bolts around the perimeter of the boiler lid that hold it on. Under one of those is a large ground wire that connects directly to the ground bolt at the rear left of the machine and also the smaller ground wire that is for the wat...
by chas
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

I don't have any other recommendations. The controller board is the only thing left that you have not tried. However, if it is the controller board, you will be the only person in almost 15 years on this forum that has had their controller board fail. Of course, there is a first time for everything....
by chas
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]

You aren't using distilled or RO water are you? Too low mineral content in the water will cause the water level sensor to not work properly.
by chas
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?

I wouldn't worry about using any kind of insulated O crimp connectors on the large green wire since it's just a ground wire, After all it just connects to the exposed metal shell of the steam boiler. I know what you mean about the skinny wire. It's much easier to find solid core insulated wired of t...
by chas
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?

There are no specs. Your algorithm sounds good. You definitely don't want any of those bolts to break off. If after you are done you still hear the hiss of escaping steam around the boiler lid, don't tighten any of the bolts more than about 1/8th turn at a time. My lid was loose once and about 1/8th...
by chas
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?

BTW: Are you missing a bolt on the left side or did you just temporarily remove it? Hopefully, it didn't break off. If so you probably need to tap it out and rethread the hole. If all the bolts aren't in place and tightened in a uniform manner you will end up with a steam leak even if the gasket und...
by chas
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: [Electrical] La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi - Possible to save/repair this cable?

That's a new one. Usually it the main power leads to the boiler heater element that fry. I've never seen it happen to the ground wires. The fat green wire is the main boiler ground wire. It goes to the nut that terminates all the main ground wires at the left rear lower corner when looking at it fro...
by chas
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Dream T Day One Issues
Topic: New machine with a slight leak
Replies: 8
Views: 1447

Re: New machine with a slight leak

Unless LaSpaziale has changed the way the gauge connects in the last few years, there is a coil of very thin copper tubing that goes between one of the pipes from the group boiler over to the pressure gauge. I would first check to see if this tubing has been kinked. If so, you probably need to repla...
by chas
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help.

You're right. There's not much that can fail with the sensor itself. The problem is usually: 1) Bad electrical connection at either end of the wire (unplugged, loose, oxidized contacts, etc.) 2) Mineral deposits on the sensor 3) Sensor not pushed down all the way 4) Mineral content of water, too low...
by chas
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help.

yes and yes. Also I assume you are not using distilled or reverse osmosis water since that will not allow the water level sensor to work correctly.
by chas
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help. [ISSUE REOPEN]
Replies: 32
Views: 2166

Re: Mini Vivaldi steam boiler overfill, please help.

Sounds like a malfunctioning water level sensor to me. Since it worked right before you started messing with other things in its general vicinity, perhaps you partially or completely unplugged the sensor. You might try first to unplug it and then plug it back it to see if that fixes things. Also, th...
by chas
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (RESOLVED)
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (Unresolved Update)

Unscrew the end of the hot water outlet. It is just like a sink faucet where you unscrew the end and there is a filter screen there. WIth luck you just have a clogged screen. For grins you should try pulling hot water with that screen and screw on end completely removed. From there it is just a stra...
by chas
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (RESOLVED)
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (Unresolved Update)

Is the boiler heating up and producing steam? Do you ever hear the steam boiler refill solenoid click on? If not or if you're not sure, there are two things you can try to check it out? 1) With the S1 unplugged and an AC voltmeter in hand, remove the power connector from the solenoid. Turn on the ma...
by chas
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (RESOLVED)
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling (Unresolved Update)

It sounds like the hot water dispense solenoid is coming on OK. However, water actually needs to flow out to the point that the boiler water sensor signals the need to refill the boiler. Then the refill solenoid should engage and the pump should turn on. While checking the water line into the boiler...
by chas
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: crema, crema, crema
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: crema, crema, crema

There are two other things that can affect crema. 1) If there is residual detergent in a machine that will kill crema since that breaks down the oils that get frothed into crema 2) The higher the machine pressure with all else constant, the more crema. So either your S1 is set too low or the other m...
by chas
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: crema, crema, crema
Replies: 7
Views: 1022

Re: crema, crema, crema

The amount of crema is normally a function of how fresh your beans are.
by chas
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem

Yes, the photos will be different than your machine. They are of my machine and I've never owned a Mini. The Mini may not have a screen. At any rate it sounds like you've found the clog. I've never had to replace that plastic tubing so I don't know what size it is or who might carry it. The very ear...
by chas
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Mini vivaldi - Steam Boiler problem

You have a water line blockage in the water refill path going into the boiler. The machine will not allow you to pump water out if new water doesn't flow in so that the heater element is not longer immersed in water. In that case the heater element would fry itself. Usually mineral blockage in this ...
by chas
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling or Dispensing Water
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: Mini Vivaldi II Steam Boiler Not Refilling or Dispensing Water

You have a water line blockage in the water refill path going into the boiler. The machine will not allow you to pump water out if new water doesn't flow in so that the heater element is not longer immersed in water. In that case the heater element would fry itself. Usually mineral blockage in this ...
by chas
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: S1 Operational Problems
Topic: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video
Replies: 33
Views: 3084

Re: Rotary Pump Rebuild; Finally did it.........Updated with step by step how to and photos & video

What standard tool that I might already have can be used in place of the internal bearing puller?
by chas
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Nothing happens when I try to brew!
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Nothing happens when I try to brew!

Glad to hear it. Welcome back to the world of espresso.
by chas
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Nothing happens when I try to brew!
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Nothing happens when I try to brew!

The controller board is designed to run in V1 or V2 mode. Three yellow lights when first plugged in indicates the controller board is in V2 mode. Three green lights indicates the board is in V1 mode. So three yellow lights is correct for your machine. The most likely cause, given you were in there r...
by chas
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Hissing from the vacuum breaker - Dream
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: Hissing from the vacuum breaker - Dream

I haven't had much luck cleaning mine. I usually end up buying a new one about once a year.
by chas
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

It's great to hear that you are back up and running. You had already done most of the troubleshooting work by eliminating everything it could be except the solenoid. You're additional troubleshooting yesterday made it clear that the problem had to be in the connector. And the fix ended up being free...
by chas
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature

Actually for the first 5 minutes after turning on the machine (prior to the alarm occurring) you should have still had 118V on the coffee boiler leads even if the temp probe was bad. This is because it takes the controller board that long to figure out that something isn't working right. If you have...
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

I'm not saying this the way you should go, unless you have spare cash lying around, but I did find one website albeit in the UK that sells just the replacement covers. For your situation what that tells me is that this part does come off, hopefully easily, so that you can just bypass it as I noted i...
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

It's possible that one of the contacts in that connector was barely making contact and it finally arced and burned away the connector so that you aren't really making contact when plugged in or else a wire is broken somewhere in that connector. Alternately, perhaps whatever holds one of the connecto...
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

If you determine that the solenoid still works, it may be possible to disassemble and clean the valve itself. I have found that I need to complete remove the valve, stick it in a vise, and then really torque on the nut to get the valve loose from the body. But if you can get it free then there is no...
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

That's possible, if being stuck is the problem. BTW: I've never seen one so mucked up that the solenoid couldn't open it. The more frequent problem is that gunk in the valve prevents it from closing all the way and then it leaks constantly. But there's always a first time for everything!
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature

In that case, this line from the alarm description is key: If the group water temperature does not exceed 60°C within 5 minutes of turning the unit on, this alarm will also occur. In other words you will also get this alarm if your coffee boiler's heater element has failed. With the power off and th...
by chas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

Sounds like you've narrowed it down then. However, it could be 1) No voltage to the solenoid 2) solenoid dead 3) valve stuck really bad. Of these #2 is the most likely but it's worth checking the other two. The S1 has a screw on, covered electrical connector. With that screw removed, unplug the conn...
by chas
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error
Replies: 12
Views: 1966

Re: La Spaziale Vivaldi II Flow error

Do you hear the 3-way valve solenoid click when you press the one-cup or two-cup buttons?
by chas
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: sticky water tank!
Replies: 3
Views: 825

Re: sticky water tank!

Glad you figured it out. I've never owned a Mini so I had no ideas for you.
by chas
Mon May 28, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19681

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

In that case I guess this is the perferred contact method: steve96822@hotmail.com

I bought three several years back. I can't remember how much they cost but I remember them being cheaper than 3 regular gaskets plus shipping. Which is still the case based on CCS pricing.
by chas
Sat May 26, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available
Replies: 49
Views: 19681

Re: Silicone long life Group Gaskets available

Did you use the GMail address to contact him?
by chas
Wed May 16, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Dream - issues Hot Water Solenoid valve
Replies: 2
Views: 1393

Re: La Spaziale Dream - issues Hot Water Solenoid valve

It sounds like the solenoid has an internal short circuit so cleaning it will not help. If you don't need hot water go ahead and leave the solenoid unplugged so that someone doesn't accidentally try to use it.
by chas
Tue May 15, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream Steam Boiler overfill - FIXED!
Replies: 8
Views: 3613

Re: Dream Steam Boiler overfill - FIXED!

The Vacuum Breaker Valve is the one you have labelled as "valve opens while heating up". Actually it opens while cooling down and closes again while heating when it is working correctly. True to it's name, it opens while cooling to prevent a partial vacuum from forming in the boiler. When the boiler...
by chas
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature

This doesn't sound like an issue that has been previously reported or resolved on this forum. The first thing you should do it take all the covers off and be sure that the cables between the controller box and the front panel are not loose. There seems to be an issue with either the controller or th...
by chas
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: Machine not reaching temperature

On steady or blinking?
by chas
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Machine not reaching temperature
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: Machine not reaching temperature

If the group boilers don't start heating within 5 minutes after turning the machine on you should be getting a specific alarm and it sounds like you aren't. Therefore, there's a chance that your controller board has gotten itself in a weird state and needs to be reset. The only way to do that is to ...
by chas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: water hardness & Phosphate
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: water hardness & Phosphate

I can't help you there. You already know more about water softening than I do.
by chas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

I have no idea which test didn't pass. I also received more info from Chris. He only originally asked for certification on the plumbed S1 and therefore requested LaSpaziale to mod the plumbed version for 15A only. However, it appears they also made the Mini 15A only. Now he's waiting to find out if ...
by chas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors

Had you already cleaned or replaced the Vacuum Breaker Valve on this machine? It's the only clean, shiny part on the whole boiler!
by chas
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

Chris finally answered my email. He says that the only machine that he paid to have ETL/NSF certified was the plumbed Vivaldi 2 because he also rents and sells that machine to light commercial customers that require the certification. Recently they tightened the spec so that the Vivaldi 2 no longer ...
by chas
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors

I missed the fine print on Amazon. Even though $23.00 is 10x the cost of one terminal on the other website, you get a package of 50. Of course if you only need 3 at $2.30 from the other site so it may still be cheaper depending on their shipping cost. If you have Amazon Prime there is no shipping co...
by chas
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Corroded Steam Boiler/Connectors

I can't tell from this photo if anything is actually corroded but it looks like you're trying to set a record for the dirtiest Mini boiler. :grin: Is the water leak you mentioned coming from the part in the lower left that is inset in the metal cup. If so, it is the Vacuum Breaker valve. It opens wh...
by chas
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: water hardness & Phosphate
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: water hardness & Phosphate

Supposedly, the hardness cut-off before softening is recommended as 3 grains or 50ppm. So it sounds like you should probably go with the standard softening cartridge followed by a carbon filter just to be safe. Here's my installation: http://rimpo.org/chas/softener-filter.html I test my hardness per...
by chas
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

Congratulations on your success. Now back to a couple issues you mentioned in your original message. 1) Fuse holder - Recently someone had a issue with their fuse and noticed that a 20A fuse was used in a fuseholder rated for 15A. Perhaps that's why yours is missing. At your convenience you should p...
by chas
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

I must have remembered wrong. I thought your group boiler was heating up which should not happen with that fuse blown. Hopefully I remembered wrong because if that fuse is blown AND the group boiler was still heating up that, could mean that the group boiler triac is shorted on. However, we'll cross...
by chas
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

Three blinking yellows means your controller board is in V2 mode, which is correct for your machine. For both timer installed/not installed and the 15/20A switch, there is just a two pin jumper connector for each on the controller board. In the early machines before they put the controller board ins...
by chas
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

Also, we may need to know more about your machine. If purchased in the US we could be sure it is an S1 V2 Mini. However, if you purchased it in Canada it could be an S1 Mini. Are the group boiler temperatures on the front panel in 1C or 5C increments? Do you have a single round steam boiler gauge or...
by chas
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

Any luck yet? It sounds like you might have several things that are in need of repair or replacement. I would have also gone with checking out the steam boiler triac as recommended by MDK, except for the fact that you say the pump isn't getting power either even when you do the two button press pump...
by chas
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: water hardness & Phosphate
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: water hardness & Phosphate

I've never heard of anyone needing to control phosphate to reduce boiler scale. If it was high enough in your house to be a real issue, I would think you'd need whole house treatment for the issue. Typically TDS measurements aren't used to determine treatment needs for espresso either. Calcium hardn...
by chas
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Dream's back ordered forever
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Dream's back ordered forever

Hard to tell. There are a number of possible reasons. However, I see CCS says they will have them again at the end of April. Have you contacted them to see if you can get on a waiting list for preferred delivery when they do arrive or if they will cut you any extra deal for waiting?
by chas
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?

I'd definitely go for the $15 one. The Chris Coffee one is actually $48.50 which means you either have to buy another small item to get you over $50 so you qualify for free shipping or else you have to pay another $7.50 for shipping which puts the price at $56! CafeParts shipping for their version i...
by chas
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Hiss from boiler pressure relief valve
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: Hiss from boiler pressure relief valve

Sounds like you need a new valve. They're about 50 bucks.

Of course, that assumes the hissing is coming from the top where it blows out pressure. If it is coming from one of the threaded joints, you may just have to unscrew the hissing section and put some teflon tape on it.
by chas
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Re: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head

Glad to hear it. You will want to buy or build a portafilter pressure gauge at your earliest convenience. You can buy a pre-built one for about $100 USD but much of that price is for the portafilter itself. It is cheaper since the S1 comes with two portafilters to just buy a gauge that screws onto t...
by chas
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Re: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head

The flowmeter has filter screens just before its input and at its output. It might be worth a check of both screens for a partial blockage. See the diagram below for location of the two screens (part # 275). The flowmeter is right behind the front chrome panel with the pressure gauge sticking throug...
by chas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Re: Brand new Unit - low pressure from group head

There are a few key possibilities: 1) If the expansion valve adjustment is wrong, water may be dumping through a pipe and directly into the drip tray rather than flowing through the group head. You would see this water flowing into the rear right corner of the drip tray while pulling a shot. 2) It i...
by chas
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: how do you use the 4 custom profiles on your Dream
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Re: how do you use the 4 custom profiles on your Dream

I too thought the idea of having four profiles on the Dream was great, before I owned one. Now that I have a Dream I find that I only use one profile. Hopefully another Dream user has a better answer for you. The problem is that I never seem to buy the same coffee twice and, since I roast my own bea...
by chas
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: anybody figured out how to plumb their tank version Vivaldi?
Replies: 1
Views: 671

Re: anybody figured out how to plumb their tank version Vivaldi?

My short answer is "No" since I don't have a Mini. I used to have an Isomac Tea a number of years back. Chris Coffee Service offered two plumb in kits for that one. The float option that still used the water tank was cheaper so I went with that. It worked fine but after a few months I started readin...
by chas
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Troubleshooting Significant steam differences between the Lucca A53 Mini and S1 Vivaldi II Mini?
Replies: 1
Views: 583

Re: Troubleshooting Significant steam differences between the Lucca A53 Mini and S1 Vivaldi II Mini?

1) There is absolutely no linkage between the group boiler settings and the quality of the steam from the steam boiler. 2) If you still have access to both machines, have you tried swapping the steam tips between machines? There are two styles of four holed steam tips in use. One has slightly smalle...
by chas
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 2 year old Lucca- troubleshooting questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

Re: 2 year old Lucca- troubleshooting questions

A couple of things:

1) You specified that the problem was the over pressure valve, but what you described is the Vaccum Breaker Valve.
2) Water will not come out of the VBV ever if the water level sensor is working properly.
by chas
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: WELCOME TO THE S1CAFE
Topic: test message
Replies: 0
Views: 1236

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by chas
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!

Did that fix change the group pressure readings or do you still need a new gauge?
by chas
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

According to Tim Catalfalmo at CCS, the V2 and V2 Mini failed their most recent ETL/NSF certification at 20A but passed at 15A. NSF is a sanitation rating for using in commercial operations so that really couldn't have been the part that failed. There is no sanitary difference in that area between 1...
by chas
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

I sent an email to Chris yesterday and asked what became of the V2 20A mode. I got an automated reply that he is out of the country for most of January. I assume he is either golfing at some exotic locale, visiting espresso vendors in Italy, or both! I just resent the question to his tech that mainl...
by chas
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

In the early days the machines imported from Italy did not have an internal fuse. Chris Coffee was adding them before customer shipment. I am not sure if this has changed and, if so, when it did.
by chas
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: No more 20 amp Vivaldi
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: No more 20 amp Vivaldi

Interesting. I hadn't noticed that before. I see that the Dream still shows 15/20A mode and it should be pretty much the same power drawn as the V2. I wonder if there was really a problem with 20A mode or if they are just trying to add more differentiation from the Dream? I also wonder how they impl...
by chas
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!

Yes, it should. BTW: The failure mechanism for pressure gauges is usually that a hard knock or drop will change the zero point. That said, I've never known one to fail with 11 as the new zero but there's a first time for everything. Normally, until replacement you could just subtract the 11 from the...
by chas
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!

1) Don't remove the acccumulator. My suggestion was actually to add one if you didn't already have one, so you are good to go. 2) If your group pressure gauge reads 11 with no pressure rather than zero, then it needs to be replaced. 3) When you removed the 3-way solenoid and valve, how far did you g...
by chas
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V1 no flow question - obstruction in flow meter outlet pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: S1 V1 no flow question - obstruction in flow meter outlet pipe

This is what the machine is telling you when you press either the one or two-cup buttons. It actually means that the flowmeter vane is either not turning or is turning too slow. However, anything blocking the water flow between the pump and the group head will cause this. It doesn't necessarily mean...
by chas
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 V1 no flow question - obstruction in flow meter outlet pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: S1 V1 no flow question - obstruction in flow meter outlet pipe

The part you're describing sounds like part #276 that your machine doesn't? have. 276 is called a gicleur which just means a part with a small orifice to restrict flow. That "bead" in your line is apparently providing the equivalent function. Bottom-line: Are you getting flow into the group boiler n...
by chas
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!

If you have one of the newer models where the water line is plastic between the output of the flowmeter and the input of the group boiler, unscrew the water line - with the flojet off - where it attaches to the group boiler and stick the end in a bucket. Be sure that water line is held or fastened d...
by chas
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: S1 Vivaldi II - no water through grouphead, have tried everything!

Even in this weather when you have drained the boilers, most folks don't drain the water out of the water lines so it is possible that there was some freeze damage. Not draining water out of the lines is also an issue on espresso machines for long term storage. This is probably not the issue based o...
by chas
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

It's the same type of function, but I think it's actually a needle valve not a true gicleur which screws into the side of the steam boiler solenoid valve. On my original S1 I started getting a steam boiler alarm which turned off the entire machine every time the steam boiler tried to fill. It has a ...
by chas
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

The gicleur screws into the output of the flowmeter. From there water flows directly to the group boiler. (Part # 276 on the drawing in an earlier post.) The group pressure gauge is right at the output of the water pump. There is nothing that isolates it from the water when the flow is going to the ...
by chas
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

Do you mean when you switch the machine on (rather than the pump) the group boiler pressure goes into the red and water comes out of the expansion valve? I make this distinction because you can't turn the pump on and off. The controller board does this when you have pressed some button or combinatio...
by chas
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

That device is the expansion valve. It prevents overpressure in the group boiler. In a normally operating set up, it will drip just a few drops when the group boiler is actually operating. It should be set to start dripping at 12.5 bar. This prevents the group boiler pressure from getting too high w...
by chas
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

1) Steam Boiler: Water shouldn't come out of the OPV (the tall brass part under the plastic cover) when the water is first connected unless it is broken. If water is actually coming out of the VBV when water is first connected,that is a normal result from the water level sensor not working or the st...
by chas
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Now what do I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 1880

Re: Now what do I do?

When you say you replaced all the gizmos, did that include the temperature probe? How soon does the steam boiler pressure go red line? The steam boiler is not supposed to even turn on until the group boiler is up to temp. If the steam boiler appears to be turning on immediately, then it sounds like ...
by chas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: WELCOME TO THE S1CAFE
Topic: New Version, New Look, Same Data
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: New Version, New Look, Same Data

Problems reported by with site..... Testing.
by chas
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II hot water sputtering out of grouphead - Help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 983

Re: Mini Vivaldi II hot water sputtering out of grouphead - Help needed

In spite of what you might have read about and tried to emulate for group temperature measurements provided in extremely old Forum posts, that styrofoam cup method is not accurate. It results in temps several degrees low. It appears that your high temp settings are causing a steam lock in your group...
by chas
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II hot water sputtering out of grouphead - Help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 983

Re: Mini Vivaldi II hot water sputtering out of grouphead - Help needed

You need to look at page 4 of this manual for the diagram of the V2 Mini steam assembly: http://s1cafe.com/s1v2/V2%20Manuals/RICAMBI%20S1%20NEW.pdf It's most likely one of the gaskets labelled 219 or 221. I'm still thinking about your boiler issue. That's a strange one. BTW: When you say the gauge n...

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