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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:23 pm
by GreenBean
You can dismantle and descale the parts of the group head without removing it from the machine. See by Randy Glass and click on the link to " Overhauling and lubricating the E61 group".

If a blockage is the problem then it is very likely to be the gicleur and/or the filter screen associated with it. A good descale/clean of them may well solve the problem.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:12 pm
by dr.chris
I went through the easy option to start off with - descaling the boiler and putting some citric acid down the chamber underneath the mushroom. I then found that I could get a bit of water through the group head so I went through the process of descaling that and the flow just got better and better.

So its the same old problem and solution :)

Still have a couple of doubts over electrics ( although the new controller has helped a great deal) but right now things working well and I havent had to take off the group head

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:59 am
by GreenBean
Great news, Chris. :D

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:53 pm
by double_shot
Hi dr.chris,

Here's a link to a pdf version of the info, which includes cakeboys descaling instructions for L'anna.

Download L'anna pdf here.

New version 004 added 21-Feb-2016 changes can be viewed here >

PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:44 am
by CakeBoy
Hi all, been offline for a while, but hopefully around a bit more now :)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:35 am
by GreenBean
Hi Cakey, we have missed you :(. Only yesterday I was demolishing a strawberry and white chocolate muffin and wondered how to deal with the crumbs. That is never a problem with you around. It is really great to see you here :D.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:10 pm
by bruceb
Oh heck, too bad I threw out all of those chocolate cream muffins yesterday. Well, it's good to see you back, Cakey.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:41 am
by CakeBoy
Well escape is futile, so here I am. Thank you both, it really is great to be back, I've missed you too :)

PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:48 am
by dr.chris
Just a very quick update. Despite going through the various obvious connections she was still playing up although better behaved after the controller was replaced.

Just recently she has started to behave properly - for no apparent reason. The coffee is back to being consistantly good too.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:21 pm
by CakeBoy
Very bizarre. Perhaps she enjoyed Christmas! Glad things are back to normal Chris :)

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:43 am
by GreenBean
That is good news, Chris. :D

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:25 pm
by bruceb
Sure glad I've developed my 'telefixemup" talents, but hey, don't thank me. Image

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:04 pm
by GreenBean
bruceb wrote:Sure glad I've developed my 'telefixemup" talents, but hey, don't thank me. Image

Thanks, Bruce. We now know how it was fixed. I always knew you had special powers. Image

PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:21 am
by dr.chris
Thread boot time. Problems are back.

On idle, when the heater kicks in she works for a few seconds then all the LED's start flashing like she is low on water (she isnt). That was yesterday and first thing this morning. Now its just the first (rhs) LED that is just gently flashing but things seem to be working so far.

As with all things like this the last thing you do is look at the manual. Now the manual is generally almost useless but I did see this

'Boiler Fill Up
The electronic box has a maximum fill up time. This is 1 minute. After this time, the system stops the fill up process. The signal for the alarm is: all of the touchpads blinking. This alarm is triggered when there is a water leak in the machine or the touchpad is not sending a signal to the auto fill up system.'

This makes me think there is a problem with either the cable from the touchpad to the controller or with the touchpad itself. The controller is new so there is a limited number of other things that might not be working. I guess one might be the height sensor in the boiler itself but I would expect that to cause more obvious problems

Any advice welcome. I suspect I will be getting in touch with Happy Donkey in the near future.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:19 am
by GreenBean
Hi Chris, I am sorry to hear that the gremlins are back :( I would start by removing and inspecting the boiler water level probe as you suggest. Ensure it is clean, not scaled and set to the correct height. If it is OK then I am out of ideas.

Each episode described in this thread seems to be associated with different parts of the machine. Perhaps it is time for the machine to be checked by an experienced engineer to trace the problem(s).