Posted Sun Jul 8, 2012, 4:31am Subject: Oscar pressure valve problem
Good day Geekers
I seem to have developed a problem with my old oscar. It has suddenly started releasing a lot of steam from the pressure relief valve just below the pressure stat. My question is thus: Is this indicative of a faulty pressure relief valve or is it that the pressure stat or thermostat are faulty and building up too much steam? How does one determine which is causing the problem?
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Posted Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:12pm Subject: Re: Oscar pressure valve problem
Without more info, sounds like the Pstat. Pstat has moving parts that wear, the safety valve, just sits there unless you get too high of a pressure which indicates that the heater is not turning off which leads you back to the Pstat.
Is the brew water over temp too? Have you checked with a thermometer? If the water is hot, too hot, the Pstat is the first place to look.
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Posted Sat Jul 14, 2012, 11:43am Subject: Re: Oscar pressure valve problem
While I have been in there I decided to strip the machine and discovered the mild steel painted frame is also quite rusted. So I am in the process of repairing this as well.
Anyway thanks for you advice and it appears that you were right. I have decided to replace the safety valve as well as the p-stat while Im at it. I realised after a while that the water was too hot and followed up from there.
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