Posted Mon Jul 29, 2013, 2:00pm Subject: See pics: does this boiler qualify for Jim Schulman's "preventitive descaling"
I have just opened up my newly acquired La Nuova Era Altea (2Gr). It's a 2004 model and the last owner, who hardly used this machine for the 2 years that he had it in his restaurant, did not use any softening methods. He told me that he has run water through the boiler using the direct water tap, every now and then, to keep his drain from clogging. Apart from that, I don't think he really knew how to use the machine and it has essentially just been lying on top of his counter looking pretty.
His water supply is quoted at 60mg/l Calcium (9 USA degrees) i.e. slightly hard and comes from lake Constance (no info on alkalinity). The machine is generally in very good condition. I opened up the boiler to see how things look. Lots of sediment lying in the bottom. I plan to tilt the whole machine on it's side and rinse out all that sediment. Then do Jim Schulman's "preventitive descaling" technique on boiler & HX. I'm really not in the mood for dismantling this entire machine for descaling (already doing that on a Wega Nova / Astoria Argenta). Could I get away with it?
I have also attached pics of the e61's mushroom...
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