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OzNewb
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2002, 6:09pm
Subject: Rancilio Silvia - Steam contamination, help required.
 

I have recently purchased Rancilio Silvia (2 months ago) from the Australian importer and have had considerable success in producing a good espresso. That is, until the steam developed an acrid smell which affected the milk. An intial call to the distributor suggested the steam wand draws up milk whilst cooling. This in turn contaminates the boiler. The distributor suggested flushing the boiler. Failing this they will strip the machine and clean the boiler. I am sceptical that milk is the contaminant. The smell is similar to burnt metal/wiring rather than burnt milk. I have tried unsuccessfully to flush the boiler and now the machine trips the house electrical circuit breaker.
Has anyone had similar problems? I would be grateful for some advice prior to returning the machine to the distributor.
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2002, 8:07pm
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I haven't run into that problem but it sounds like a short to me.  If the funny smell doesn't give it away, the breaker tripping definitely does.

If the machine is still under warranty, have it serviced.  If not, You can probably spot the problem by opening it up.

The only thing that is puzzling is how the smell would affect the milk.  I'm just speculating here but maybe there is something going on with the pump.  If so, I'm not sure why it works at all.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2002, 8:17pm
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia - Steam contamination, help required.
 

I fully intend to return the machine under warranty. Just thought I would test the waters to see if someone has similar problems. The steam definitely has a burnt/smokey smell which is evident in the resultant froth. Thanks for the reply.
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