[Homeroast] La Pavoni
derekbradford at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 16:33:17 CDT 2010
I've redone my seals a few times. Like another poster mentioned, get the
seals for about $30 and go to it. The only thing to watch out for is that
you get the right gaskets for your machine- pre or post-Millennium model
(which is pre in your case). Once you've done it once or twice, it takes
about 30 minutes to do a complete overhaul, assuming you're not descaling at
the same time.
On a side note, have you considered getting the brass piston to replace the
plastic one? The brass is much easier to get (and keep) clean, and may
offer a little more temperature stability. I can't say it really did that,
but I put in a brass piston and I think it was worth it for cleanliness
alone- I never trust that plastics aren't absorbing things they shouldn't
You should also consider changing your gaskets more often; even with little
to no use, the seals will dry out and degrade. I replaced my piston gaskets
annually and did all the others at the same time since there are so few and
they're all easy to get at.
On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Gregg Talton <gregg.talton at gmail.com>wrote:
> Since I'm already out of lurk mode ...
> I have had a La Pavoni Europicolla for about 15 years and it's more than
> time for an overhaul - o-rings mostly. I'm rather handy and thinking about
> replacing the o-rings myself. Anyone have any experience with this or
> I pay the $125 or so to a shop and let someone else deal with it?
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