We have a Livia 90 that we have been using several times every day for the past 9 years. About a month ago it started tripping our breaker. My husband replaced the power cord on it and we had glorious espresso for another month. Suddenly it started tripping the breaker again as soon as we turn it on. I read in a previous thread it could be a short in the heating element. Could someone please give a little more detail? I do not want to scrap this machine or send it to Pasquini if we can get around it. It has served us very well. We have made well over 10,000 espressos with it and I'm missing it dearly!
In simple terms, if the heater becomes damaged, it exposes the electrical parts to water, this will cause a short inside the boiler and the circuit breaker may trip and if you have ground fault outlets, it will trip those for sure. If this is the case, it is not safe to use and there is a real chance to become injured or worse by electric means.
After that much use, the machine is due for a full service esp if it has not been done before, parts wear, gaskets start to leak, scale builds up, it is normal as the machine is used.
At this point, a full service will be a full disasembly of the machine to all it's parts, each part needs to be checked, cleaned and if needed, replaced. If you can repair your own cars, then most likely you could do the service but if your family needs to have all things mechanical be vended out to service people then it is most likely a job for a service center.
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One way of checking whether there is a short in the heating element is to unplug the machine, take the bottom cover off which gives you access to the boiler wiring...disconnect the wires from the heat element and measure the resistance of the probes with a multimeter. It should read between 10-12...if lower you know you have a bad heating element. if any of the above sounds too much for you, definitely send the machine to Pasquini or find a local espresso machine repair person...craigslist might be a good source...those machines are very easy to work on and fix.
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