[Homeroast] Silvia repair options

slinkster slinkster at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 10:26:19 CST 2010

Silvia isn't that complicated inside.  Pull off the skin, turn her on 
and see where the water is escaping.  If you need to order parts I'd 
recommend using http://www.espressoparts.com; the website has on it 
every part for a Silvia and if you can't figure out what a part is 
called you can phone the parts department for help.  You'll need 
assorted adjustable wrenches, and both cross-tipped and blade-tipped 
screwdrivers, plus some scotch tape so you can label the different 
electrical connections.

I'm not sure how to drain the old girl 100%, maybe someone else has an 
idea on that.

John Crippen wrote:
> Good morning,
> I just moved from south of El Paso, TX to Arkansas.  In transit, I left Miss
> Silvia out in the back of my car overnight, and it was sub-freezing that
> night.  I tried to use her for the first time this morning.  After turning
> her on to heat up, I walked out of the room.  A few minutes later I heard
> the ground fault indicator throw in the kitchen.  Found water all over the
> counter.  After cleaning that up and resetting the GVI, I tried using Miss
> Silvia, and water just runs out of the back where it normally drains (may be
> running out somewhere else, I have not opened it up yet).  No water comes
> out of the screen or out of the steam wand when I tried that.  I suspect
> that frozen water in the pipes burst the three-way valve and maybe some
> other pipes and stuff.  I fear to look inside.
> What's the call on sending Miss Silvia to an authorized Rancilio repair
> center (none near Hot Springs, Arkansas that I can find), vs. finding a
> local repairman to look her over?  Also, in the future, how can I completely
> blow out all the water from Miss Silvia (or her replacement........) so that
> this does not happen again on the next part of my road trip north next
> month?
> Sadly,.
> Crippen
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