[Homeroast] Astoria auto-fill problem

Mike Koenig koenig.mike at gmail.com
Sun May 1 13:07:55 CDT 2016


Glad it's working again. You can adjust the water level by raising and lowering the probe. Mine sticks out high enough that I had to bend it over.  

For the portafilter gasket, like Kevin I've had to resort to driving a wood screw into the gasket and pulling it out with a pliers. Now I try to replace it every 6 months.  I also started using the Wega one that Espressoparts sells, which is a softer rubber. Much easier to get out. 


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> On May 1, 2016, at 11:01 AM, sci <scizen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Mike,
> Your hunch was correct! Thanks for the help. I got the auto-fill probe from
> EspressoParts, installed, and all is going well now. Descaled  and
> installed a new vacuum breaker valve. The machine auto fills to a lower
> boiler level now, so I tried pulling the probe up .5 inch. Maybe this probe
> is a touch longer?? I didn't compare to the old when installing.  When I
> manually fill the boiler to the level I desire (kinda high), it reverts
> back to a lower level. How does one make the machine auto fill to the level
> I want?
> One other question if you don't mind...what's the easiest way to change out
> the portafilter gasket in the group head? That thing is hard and buried.
> Regardless, I pulled some nice shots in my new triple basket with a naked
> portafilter. Life is good.
> Ivan
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> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:46:42 -0400
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> Ivan,
> The simplest thing to check is the auto fill probe. If it's corroded it may
> not be sensing the water level properly.
> To troubleshoot take the connector off the probe and touch the boiler.  If
> everything else is working the pump should stop.
> Another problem could be that the water in the boiler is too pure and can't
> conduct enough to sense the water level.
> --mike
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