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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2012, 2:56pm
Subject: Brasilia Club - I think I broke it - Wiring help

Ive posted this to another site as well as here, only because Im desperate.  
So my machine has been working perfectly for a few months now after purchasing it used in pretty decent condition. Though it always annoyed me that I had to hold down the steam button to get the boiler to heat up for steam, so I thought I could just replace it with a switch that would press in and stay on like the brew button. I also wanted to see the workings of the machine as Im obsessed with coffee and anything mechanical.

So I opened her up, only thing left holding her together was the switches on the front panel. So I disconnected them one by one, replacing the wires once the switch was out of the front panel. Now the machine sat there completely naked, I set up some cups for temporary water tank and waste from the three way valve. Turned the machine on and was able to brew water out of the shower head. My problem came when I tested the hot water button.

I again turned the machine on, opened the steam wand valve and hit the hot water button. The switch lit up though the pump didnt turn on. For a split second there was a slight flicker on both leds behind the switches so I immediately let go of the button and the machine went off. I thought oh no, and went to my breaker box hoping I had just popped it and it would be a simple fix, though none had been tripped. Trying to turn on the machine now results in nothing, I disconnected the hot water switch and tried again, still nothing. Im afraid I really screwed something up here. I know I must have replaced the hot water button switch incorrectly, though what would this have caused?

It looks like Ill be drinking pour over for a while now, as I refuse to go back to my cheap pressurized machine. Please save me?
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Posted Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:30am
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club - I think I broke it - Wiring help

Really hard to guess from the description.  Your best bet is to start tracing the interior wiring with a vom and see where you do or do not have continuity.  I don't know if the Club has a fusible link somewhere inside for safety, but I would be surprised if it did not.  

The easiest guess is that you shorted something when you put it back together and melted down whatever safety device the machine has.  Unless you can see something by visual inspection, you are really left with tracing your way around.  Be careful of live current - where possible, do this by checking resistance and continuity with the machine unplugged, starting with the input terminals for the ac line.

If you are really stuck, I will be back in Gainesville in a few months and we could take the covers off another Club there and compare the routing of your wiring.  I would view that as a last resort, however - you should be able to sort this out with painful troubleshooting of the wiring.  Somewhere in there you will find no continuity where it should exist.

Of course, the burned out piece could be one of the switches.  Unfortunately, you are going to face a real problem if you need something like a replacement switch.  Rossi went out of business last year, and parts for Brasilia machines are becoming scarce very quickly.  

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