Repair of leaky 3-way valve

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caf4brains
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Repair of leaky 3-way valve

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My Mini was leaking water from the group after brewing a shot. After repeated detergent flushes intended to dissolve any coffee "stuff" (I usually do a detergent flush once a month - my routine for many years) failed to fix the problem I took the valve apart and took a few pictures to document the process. This is quite easy to do.
  • Unplug the machine
    Remove the cup warmer tray
    Loosen the sides
    Unscrew the front control panel assembly
    Remove the 3-way valve vent piping
    Unscrew the stainless steel 3-way valve from the solenoid (it is not necessary to remove the electrical connection to the solenoid
    Unscrew the 3-way valve from the housing that attaches to the group
    Remove the 4 cap screws that attach the housing to the group
I was expecting to see some scale particles but was surprised to see only a thin film on the valve plug and seat. I gave the wetted parts a hot detergent scrub, rinsed and reassembled it. I worked like a charm. It would only need a small passage for air to backflow from the vent tube to the group which would allow water to drain but I didn't see any obvious culprit.

Attached are some photos showing the process and the parts.
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Housing that attaches to the group
Housing that attaches to the group
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3-way valve disassembled
3-way valve disassembled
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View of housing before removal
View of housing before removal
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