Betty Senior Member Joined: 19 Jul 2013 Posts: 1 Location: chicago Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Jul 19, 2013, 12:54pm Subject: LeLit PL041 (2010 model) is struggling and making me sad (and grumpy)
I hope one of you whip-smart experts can shed some light on an issue I've been having for the past couple of days.
My LeLit has been a faithful companion for a few years now, with no problems. But now it sounds as if the motor is... struggling. If I let the machine run, or if I run water through the steam wand, there are occasional sputters and the flow is generally reduced from what it used to be.
I ran some Dezcal through a couple of days ago. Today I removed the (sorry, don't know the proper terminology) "plate" from the brew head, thoroughly cleaned these, as well as the filter baskets, etc.
I also took the cover off to look at the internal parts, but since I am no repair guru, refrained from dismantling anything. I just wanted to look at the condition and the connections. It at least appeared to be in a pristine state. So I put the cover back on (in retrospect, perhaps I should have kept if off and run it again, but I don't think I'd know what to look for). I ran water through, pulled a super crappy shot, and basically there has been no improvement. I'm guessing it has something to do with the motor, because the struggling sounds seem to be coming from that area of the machine. Maybe what I think is the motor is not a motor at all? Yeesh. Anyway, it's the component that is located in the upper left quadrant if you were looking down on it from the front of the machine.
Apologies for my general ignorance. However, I hope someone has pertinent info that would lead to a (preferably cost-effective) solution. Many many many many many thanks!
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