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elektra99
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 1:03pm
Subject: Elektra Micro Casa Direct Water Line
 

I just purchased a brass and copper Elektra Micro Casa Leva machine online but did not realize it has hook-ups for a direct water line. Is anyone familiar with this sort of Elektra machine? It has two small knobs on the base to hook a direct water line into. Stefanos says this is an incredibly rare machine, but did not know a lot about them. I do not have a direct water line in my kitchen so either need to sell this machine to someone who does or modify it. The Elektra manual seems to explain that the water line valve should also be able to be by-passed by screwing in the plug, so the direct line just makes it so you do not need to refill the chamber. I plugged it, manually filled it, and trying to make a shot of espresso but water will not come out of the chamber and into the portafilter. The grinds in the portafilter remain dry even when the line is plugged, the chamber is full, and the temperature gauge is in the red. Is this machine broken? Does it in fact need to be plugged in to a direct line to work at all? Should it work properly when I plug it an manually fill it? Any information or suggestions for troubleshooting or resolving my issue are welcome!! At the moment I have a very expensive and rare machine that I cannot use!! :(
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 9:26pm
Subject: Re: Elektra Micro Casa Direct Water Line
 

This isn't making sense to me. The pressure in the boiler should force the water into the grouphead. Could you maybe post some pics? We might be better able to help. You say the temp guage is in the red, are you referring to a pressure gauge? This again would mean that there is pressure available to fill the grouphead. Is the machine badly in need of cleaning? Possibly the passage between the boiler and grouphead is clogged. Hard to guess without more info.
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 7:25am
Subject: Re: Elektra Micro Casa Direct Water Line
 

Hello there and thanks for ordering parts from us,

well I didn't say INCREDIBLY RARE, uncommon and not many made, yes
I do know about them but since I see only 2-3 in 13 years of repairing Elektra I didn't recall the type of manual fill valve the machine had, (push down to fill)
if I recall you can do the filling manually from the boiler knob and not connect the waster line,
as long as the manual fill valve doesn't leak
if it does then you can use a closing cup to stop that from happening

now gauge pressure
your pressurestat should stop anywhere between .9 to 1.1 (depending on your steam request and fine tuning of the unit temperature wise)
if doesn't stop and keeps climbing
try first a descaling and remove pstat pipe after,  blow some compressed air or flush some water out and see if that solved the issue (very commun problem with MC line machine for the scale to build up on this pipe)
if no changes you can try adjusting the pstat (lowering) if no changes you might need a new one.

 
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