thevinoman Senior Member Joined: 14 Mar 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Mishawaka, IN Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Grinder: Gaggia
Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 1:20pm Subject: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
Hi folks, My first post here, so please be nice…I have a basic Gaggia MDF grinder with a bad ON/Off switch. It no longer “clicks”, but feels “mushy” and does not work at all. I have looked every which way on the unit to try and figure out how to get to it, with no luck. I can’t imagine it would be too difficult to fix or replace, and would rather do that than send it off somewhere, which I’m sure would cost a bunch. Can anyone help me with instructions on how to open the unit so that I can see what’s going on inside and maybe repair this thing? Thanks very much.
Buckley Senior Member Joined: 25 Jan 2011 Posts: 423 Location: Internet Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Mar 15, 2014, 5:55am Subject: Re: Problems with Gaggia MDF Grinder ON/OFF switch
Dear Vinoman, Your plea "please be nice" is understandable. There are a lot of boorish, roughshod individuals who frequent this forum and think nothing of denigrating someone's posts. On behalf of the impression that we collectively give to auditors (I prefer it to the term 'lurkers'), please accept my apologies for cultivating an atmosphere of discouragement to anyone who is considering corresponding with 'us'.
Now to answer your question: the switch on my unit is okay but last year the fuse blew in the MDF. It was most likely due to a lightening transient in the power line and not to a product weakness. I corresponded with my vendor and was given instructions on how to get to the fuse. Unfortunately, it is inside the unit and the hopper has to be removed and then the upper burrs taken off, replace the fuse, replace the upper burrs, recalibrate the burrs (they gave me instructions to do so) and replace the hopper. I am assuming that you must do the same thing to get at the switch. I am sorry but I cannot locate the instructions that were given to me, but I will keep on looking. You might want to shoot an email to your vendor or, if it is second-hand, to Gaggia and see if they can be persuaded to reply with this readily available information. Meanwhile, (pardon me for shouting): DOES ANYONE HAVE DISASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAGGIA MDF?
The first two are consistent with what you want to do but done by an amateur. The last one is just burr removal and cleaning only but done by a professional. You might want to check all three videos and compare.
If you need the exact switch, you might just email any online seller who carries the MDF and ask them if they can supply the part. While I am thinking about it, you can just ask any seller to email you the printed dissassembly instrucxtions. If they refuse, there is always another seller to ask but coffee people are a tight group and seem to support one another.
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