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Dansunbol
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Posted Sat Jan 10, 2004, 11:30am
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I have an older Gaggia Coffee (steam knob on the front) that has been sitting around for most of its life and I know that before I read this article it had never been cleaned. Recently, I have been using it again and I was starting to think the pump or solenoid might be bad because it just wasn't doing very well. But now that Mark has removed my fear of taking the grouphead apart, it works much better! It's a wonder anything could get through all that gunk!

Thank you!
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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2004, 2:22pm
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...and I thought I knew how to clean the head!  Thanks for the fine points that I had overlooked.
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Posted Thu Mar 4, 2004, 10:00am
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I tried to clean Silvia for the 1st time yesterday and could not remove the brass dispersion plate.  Is it supposed to come out like the screen.  If it is supposed to come out for cleaning, how do you accomplish this.  The screen came out with no problem.

HELP!!
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Posted Fri Jun 4, 2004, 12:51pm
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I'm trying to follow the detailed instructions on how to clean the grouphead on my Silvia.
I can take off the screen and there's a small, quarter-sized part under the screen that also comes off, but is there another part (dispersion plate?) that I am supposed to take off?
All I can see is the brass "showerhead" (I think).  Any help is appreciated.  Our espresso is tasting really bad these days and I am desperate to clean every last part of this machine to see if that's what's causing it.
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KPons
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Posted Mon Jun 7, 2004, 6:16am
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I'm in the same situation as you are.  I don't know where/what the dispersion plate is.  I purchased my Silvia in December 2003.  Maybe the newer product is different.  We'll have to hope somebody replys with pictures.
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Posted Mon Jun 7, 2004, 6:44am
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I don't have pictures, but here's a few pointers:

I've attached a schematic.  It may not be exactly the same as Silvia but close enough for your purposes; the parts labelled R.39, R.49, and R.402 are the ones you'll remove.

-- Dan

HB: rancilio-millennium-group.jpg
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Posted Mon Jun 7, 2004, 7:59am
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Thanks Dan......guess I was doing it correctly all along.
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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2004, 7:59am
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Great article Mark...

But how about writing something about cleaning the boiler etc. What to use and when to do it...
That would be usefull aswell.
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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2004, 8:46am
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Great article, Mark!

Silvia folks--there is no brass dispersion "plate", per se.  The removeable parts of your group are (in order of removal)--group screw, shower screen, dispersion nut.  Once you hit brass, that's as far as you can go.  Check out Dan's links above for more detail.

If the nut is being stubborn and sticking in the center of the group, scrub the group with a nylon brush dipped in some Purocaff solution (or Urnex Cleancaf, or whatever cleaner you're using) and SCRUB.  Then, lightly use a small flathead screwdriver to pry it loose.  After it comes out, scrub up into the group where the nut came out to remove all the oils, and soak the dispersion nut.
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Posted Tue Sep 7, 2004, 10:19am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Dirty Grouphead
 

I'm just wondering if its was possible to get replacement screens for commercial machines.  i have a rancilio with some really clogged dispersion screens.  the cafe i manage has been through an ownership change and *really* lax maintainance schedules, and the result is a *very* dilapidated dispenser system.


thx.


jj
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