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by chas
Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Smart mode on S1 dream
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Smart mode on S1 dream

Are you on firmware version 1.24 or later? I think smart mode was added in 1.24. My Dream is not on 1.24 yet so I don't know what turning on that mode entails. I have never had problems with the LEDs on mine. I assume you probably need to replace the entire front panel. Since the controller board is...
by chas
Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup

Oh well it looks like the superscript function doesn't work worth a crap on this forum. Those should be 2's that are chopped off on top; i.e. squared.
by chas
Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup

17 Ohms is correct for that heater element since R = V2 / P = 1172/ 800 = 17 Ohms.

Also, since it only takes 5uA of leakage current to trip a GFCI you won't see any change in resistance when using an ohmmeter with the cord unplugged.
by chas
Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: "How to" replace boiler pressure valve?
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: "How to" replace boiler pressure valve?

If that's the problem, it is an easy fix. I would just be sure to put two wraps of teflon tape around the threads first before screwing in the new part. One last thing before doing that. You should be able to take off the warming tray with just the one screw that is at the front, center of the tray....
by chas
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: First Repair- GFCI Trips on Startup

What Clive is calling a Safety Switch, LaSpaziale calls a Safety Thermostat. It's actually a heat thermostat. If the boiler gets too hot it trips and removes the voltage from the boiler heater element. There is one on each boiler. So, "No", the boiler won't work when you disconnect this wi...
by chas
Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem

Water or condensation does tend to get inside the heater element over time. Usually it just trips the GFCI breaker on the circuit. This is a first I've heard that it interfered with the fill sensor, though I can see how it would. Do you have a GFCI on that circuit?
by chas
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dumb questions - attempting descale and maintenance
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Dumb questions - attempting descale and maintenance

The large O ring for the boiler lid should be obvious from its size. I assume the rest of the O Rings are much smaller. Most of these probably go in the steam arm, the steam arm valve assembly, and the hot water arm. I wouldn't take anything apart to check them out unless one is already leaking. The...
by chas
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Standby light flashing but not turning on
Replies: 4
Views: 2529

Re: Standby light flashing but not turning on

You might try the button cleaning method mentioned in this thread:
Button Cleaning
by chas
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem

There was a post abut 6 months ago from someone with the same issue. His problem was on the controller board but he was able to repair it. Turns out that the end of the water level probe wire connects to a resistor on the board and the resistor had gone bad - very rare. I am pretty sure that his pos...
by chas
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Odd part on S1 VII board, and autofill problem

That errant resistor circled in your photo definitely doesn't belong there. You should get it off ASAP. Is it just sitting there or is it soldered down? Then you have to ask yourself whether there is another spot that the resistor belongs and it got misplaced or did it just get on the board by accid...
by chas
Fri May 14, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Drip tray filling up
Replies: 4
Views: 5226

Re: Drip tray filling up

The other drip tray filling up post on this page is from a plumbed in model and the mini does NOT have the part that was dripping for this owner. However, if you look at the photo of the expansion valve that was dripping in this machine you will see a copper pipe to the rear, left of this valve. You...
by chas
Fri May 07, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

The triac on the steam boiler triac board is shorted. You can either replace the triac or buy a new board. It fits all your symptoms. That may have been what took out your steam boiler element to begin with.
by chas
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream Issues - The saga
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

Re: Dream Issues - The saga

Interesting. I've either never noticed the 2A fuse on my Dream or else they added it after mine was manufactured. Given the purpose of the 2A fuse, it sounds like the motor has either gone bad or else the pump has mechanical issues that are loading down the motor.
by chas
Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream Issues - The saga
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

Re: Dream Issues - The saga

If I were you, I'd definitely ship it back and get something else. BTW: Is that fuse really 2A? It should be 20A, but that's not the only thing going on.
by chas
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?

BTW: The manual I attached was from 2008. This was after the VII has been on the market for a short while, then a major controller board upgrade came available. Existing VII users were offered this upgrade for free but they had to remove the board and send it in for reprogramming. While the new Viva...
by chas
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?

Here is a document that describes R&R of the Controller Board:
by chas
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: S1 Mini Vivaldi II - strange sounds and grouphead dripping / failure?

While you have the cable disconnected from the 3-way valve solenoid, check the power across the leads. Since you are in Germany that will be 230V AC. There should never be voltage on those leads when you just plug the unit in. Even when you turn on the machine there shouldn't be voltage there until ...
by chas
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)
Replies: 85
Views: 65951

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

Just remember that if you want to monitor the signal at the solenoid you have to be able to detect the presence or absence of 115VAC.
by chas
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)
Replies: 85
Views: 65951

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

Neither of your images show up for me.
by chas
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II boiler pump won't shut off (sometimes)
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: S1 Vivaldi II boiler pump won't shut off (sometimes)

I forgot to ask if this has happened intermittently since you got the machine or if it has just started recently.
by chas
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: S1 Vivaldi II boiler pump won't shut off (sometimes)
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: S1 Vivaldi II boiler pump won't shut off (sometimes)

The controller board sends the signals to start the pump and to engage the solenoid based on the state of the water level sensor. So normally this indicates a problem with the water level sensor. However, it can be anything from the sensor to the microcontroller input on the controller board. Most f...
by chas
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Leak from Pressure Relief Valve
Replies: 9
Views: 21254

Re: Leak from Pressure Relief Valve

A 1.8 bar replacement sounds fine. If the original valve really pops off at 1.5bar, that's pretty marginal since the normal boiler pressure is about 1.3bar.
by chas
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests
Replies: 19
Views: 12759

Re: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests

I've attached a PDF file that contains plots I made of several back-to-back shots using the Scace device and a recording Digital Thermometer. As you can see you still need to start with a couple of warming shots to get past the "cold nose" effect. After that, the shot temperature is pretty...
by chas
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests
Replies: 19
Views: 12759

Re: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests

How are you testing? The boiler temp isn't a good indicator of the temp of the water at the top of the puck. I used a Scace device for my testing.
by chas
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work
Replies: 6
Views: 2031

Re: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work

Great news. Glad to hear it. Now you can enjoy your Holiday with a Cap (or several!) BTW: I used the Search function at the upper left and found another machine photo on the S1Cafe Forum that used the original SSR. It had the control wires in the same order as in your photo, so my final conclusion w...
by chas
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work
Replies: 6
Views: 2031

Re: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work

I am fairly confident that swapped wires to the SSR module is your issue. I see that both sets of power leads use brown wires so it's possible those are the ones connected backwards. you can either swap the control leads OR the power leads as it does really matter which SSR controls which boiler. Th...
by chas
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work
Replies: 6
Views: 2031

Re: Mini Steam boiler active when switch off and brew boiler doesn't work

I saw something similar to this happen years ago when a member disconnected the triac boards (predecessor to the SSRs) then reconnected the input wires backwards to the replacement devices. The correct action when turning on the machine is for the coffee boiler to come up to temp and then the steam ...
by chas
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Dream General Q&A
Topic: Dream pump is missing.
Replies: 5
Views: 2448

Re: Dream pump is missing.

You may want to check the large capacitor that sits above the motor. The motor will not reliably start if that cap starts to go bad or has a loose connection. If you need a new one I see there is one on eBay for $17.00. Also, be sure to upgrade your machine to firmware version 1.24 if you are on an ...
by chas
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests
Replies: 19
Views: 12759

Re: Commencing Final Dream Temperature Tests

The alternate values are the ones I used after a wide range of testing. Feel free to use them, stick with the defaults if you are happy with the performance, or try other values. I used a Scace device with a recording digital thermometer for my testing. If you don't have something equivalent and/or ...
by chas
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Selling my Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

Re: Selling my Mini Vivaldi II

Sure, it's OK.
by chas
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pump stuck to the motor
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Pump stuck to the motor

You may want to read this old thread: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1290&p=21230&hilit=johnb#p21230
by chas
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Pump stuck to the motor
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Pump stuck to the motor

Did you completely remove the collar after removing the screw?
by chas
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Plug to the left of the group head.
Replies: 4
Views: 1468

Re: Plug to the left of the group head.

I thought you were talking about the electrical plug. You were actually talking about the mechanical "plug" aka 5mm brass nut.

Check out this document: s1v2/images/LaSpazialeProgressionPreinf ... Manual.pdf
by chas
Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: What does part 7953 actually do?
Replies: 3
Views: 1244

Re: What does part 7953 actually do?

The parts manual refers to it as a power line filter. I have never seen this board on a US 110V LaSpaziale either.
by chas
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

Yes, all the way. You want the sensor all the way to the end of the tube to maximize metal-to-metal contact. Also, you can see in one of those Clive pix that there is a small plug of silcone rubber to keep the sensor in place.
by chas
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Plug to the left of the group head.
Replies: 4
Views: 1468

Re: Plug to the left of the group head.

That's where you plug in the optional Timer.

https://www.chriscoffee.com/products/la ... ital-timer
by chas
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

Be sure the sensor is pushed all the way to the bottom of the tube.
by chas
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

I think that espressoparts 220V LaSpaziale steam boiler element I mentioned yesterday is the wrong part. That must be for one of the larger models. I think it was 3750W or thereabouts. The S1 uses a 1250W 220V element. Here is a link to a place in the Netherlands that carries the correct part: https...
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

Since you're in Europe, you also need to be sure that you get a 220V heater element, too. Both heater elements and all three solenoids are 220V in the models sold in Europe and 115V in the US. Bottom line: Be sure you order the version that matches your local voltage or matches your machine's other...
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

You may want to clean the drain of the steam boiler so that you can drain it, it might be useful in later stages. Good point. Most of the times I have unscrewed the drain plug on the bottom of my LaSpaziale steam boiler nothing came out. I had to stick a screw driver through the hole to break the m...
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

Since you're in Europe, you also need to be sure that you get a 220V heater element, too. Both heater elements and all three solenoids are 220V in the models sold in Europe and 115V in the US. Bottom line: Be sure you order the version that matches your local voltage or matches your machine's other ...
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

I assume it's one of these two depending on what type of connector your current one has.
TempSensor.jpg
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Hopefully, yours is like the first one since it is 1/3 the price and the other one has a 4-5 week lead time.
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

BTW: This looks like what might happen if the heater element turned on in a dry boiler. So be sure the water flow is also working correctly after replacing the heater element.
by chas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

If you can't find any other option closer, these guys will ship to the UK. Shipping might be prohibitive since they are literally 1/2 way around the world in Seattle, WA. https://www.espressoparts.com/la-spaziale-2700w-220v-heating-element?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhs79BRD0ARIsAC6XpaU203i7orYd6b9TdVwy_45xaTvQV8...
by chas
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

You very well may not have a PT1000 in your machine. LaSpaziale has made several changes in their sensors over the years. The original S1 used a sensor with long leads that went down inside a tube. At that time both boilers used the same type. I think my early V2 was also this way but later they swi...
by chas
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

Check the attached chart
by chas
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21
Replies: 22
Views: 7232

Re: Steady red lights #'s 20 & 21

The manual states that lamps 20 & 21 coming on after 5 minutes means that the temperature probe has failed. However, it really means that the boiler temperature did not exceed 60C after 5 minutes of On time. So in addition to a bad temperature probe the other items that can cause this are: 1) Ba...
by chas
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 26
Views: 4566

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

That $250-$400 I mentioned was to buy a new board. $50 for reprogramming doesn't sound bad. Did you also have to pay to ship your board in for reprogramming or was $50 the grand total?
by chas
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Re: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?

Sorry, you only see 9bar if you use a portafilter pressure gauge with water flowing through it. Since the built-in gauge picks off right by the pump output you actually see the pump output pressure on the built-in guage and NOT the pressure seen by the coffee grounds. To build your own, you need an ...
by chas
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 26
Views: 4566

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

Someone recently quoted a board price of $250 here on the Forum. I was thinking they were closer to $400. $400 is outrageous but $250 doesn't seem too bad.
by chas
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Re: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?

With a blind basket, the pressure is the same everywhere from the pump to the group since there is no water flow. However, with water actually flowing through the group there is a pressure drop between what you see on the gauge and what you actually get out of the portafilter. I have found empirical...
by chas
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

Good discussion. I just have one comment. Vinegar is never recommended for use in espresso machines because it's so hard to flush all the vinegar taste out. Food grade citric acid is recommended. There are other possible sources but the easiest may be your local beer supply store or an internet vers...
by chas
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Hot Water Tap Leak
Replies: 6
Views: 8384

Re: Hot Water Tap Leak

I've found that soaking the valve only works for me about 25% of the time. The rest of the time I have also had to replace the entire assembly. Sometimes I can just find the valve and others I can only locate the valve and solenoid as an assembly even though the original solenoid is fine. I think CC...
by chas
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Re: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?

Here's a related thing to keep in mind for the future. The rotary pump just adds pressure to the incoming line pressure. For example, if you have 3 bars of pressure coming into your house and you adjust the pressure to 9bar, it gets there because the pump is boosting the pressure by 6 bar adding to ...
by chas
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Re: Espresso shot parameters not quite right, help?

I think it's just a matter of adjusting the pump pressure up. The pressure is measured close to the output of the pump. The restriction of the plumbing between the pump and the group drops the pressure. I have found that in order to get a true 9 bar at the group you need to see 10-10.5bar when using...
by chas
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T group head boiler not primed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: Dream T group head boiler not primed?

Not sure how much dripping is enough to cause a problem. If it is enough to lose the prime that's all it might take. Also, I would imagine at least a few drips would come out each time you removed the tank but that shouldn't be enough to lose prime.
by chas
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!
Replies: 19
Views: 3702

Re: New to me really poorly looked after V2 s1!

1) You are correct about the pressure gauge. You will need to replace it. 2) The mineral deposits on that backside of the steam boiler are curious since they appear to be running down the side but are not on the lid. It almost looks like the lid might have been a tad loose. Of course, given all the ...
by chas
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Dream T group head boiler not primed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: Dream T group head boiler not primed?

I've never owned a tank model. Fortunately, 90% of the design is the same as the plumbed models. Unfortunately, it sounds like your issue is likely with the other 10%. The only thing I can think of is that the valve at the tank that prevents water from flowing back into the tank has failed so that w...
by chas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 26
Views: 4566

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

I am not sure if the previous owner tried to Jury Rig the water level probe or if your Teflon sleeve has broken in two but I think it is normally just one piece. At this point, you should probably just buy a new one. Here is a link to a replacement part from Chris' Coffee. Maybe you can find it chea...
by chas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 26
Views: 4566

Re: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1

It sounds like your Vacuum Breaker Valve isn't sealing. It is supposed to open when the boiler cools down. It should close when the boiler starts to steam. Usually, when the boiler gets close to boiling, the VBV sputters for several seconds and then closes. Only when it is closed can the pressure bu...
by chas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Descaling & Flow control to rehome an S1
Replies: 26
Views: 4566

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: 26
Views: 4566

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: 2
Views: 1045

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: 26
Views: 4566

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: 1975

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: 1975

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: 26
Views: 4566

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: 26
Views: 4566

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: 26
Views: 4566

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: 1975

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: 1975

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: 966

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: 966

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: 9876

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: 1019

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: 2344

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: 2344

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: 2344

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: 1042

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: 11
Views: 3675

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: 11
Views: 3675

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: 11
Views: 3675

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: 11
Views: 3675

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: 11
Views: 3675

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: 1781

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: 85
Views: 65951

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: 9211

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: 9211

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: 9211

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: 3354

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: 132125

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: 1452

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&...
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: 5564

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: 9
Views: 5440

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: 9
Views: 9034

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: 3042

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: 3042

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: 3042

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: 3042

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...

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