Tried the quote and snip. Okay, yah, the leaking is intermittent, and it p's me off cuz I descale it thoroughly to get any built up calcium deposits loose and out to originally stop it from leaking. Then it stops leaking for several brewings of espresso; then starts up with the leaking again. Arghhhh..... I tried putting a lot of water/steam through the steam wand hoping that might release any residue deposits--so far to no avail. I guess if it keeps leaking as it is; I will have to have it repaired to the tune of $65 for one hour of labor (finding the problem & fixing it) plus whatever the parts cost. Yikes..... Plus if this valve goes as often as I hear it goes, and my machine is only about 1 1/2 years old; doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy about a machine that is supposed to be known for its rugged durability and endurance. The durability and endurance was why I purchased this machine to begin with after doing research on so many. I am not mechanically minded so unless there is a Dummy 101 for changing out valves on Gaggia Classic, I'm screwed..... Another Arghhhh
Hey Chanty, Yup that's me from the old WLL site, and like you I wish they hadn't taken it down. Also I did a lot of research before I bought the Gaggia Baby, from what I read the Baby is the same inside as the Classic but with out the metal body but didn't read anywhere about the steam valve being a weak link in the machine. So until it gets to leaking really bad I keep a cup under the steam wand. Another thing I found out from the first time I descale the unit the water tank isn't 64 oz because when I use the Urnex Cleancaf it states to use 32 oz to one packet of cleaner. Well when I filled the tank up with water to mix with the descale mix 32 oz of water fill it to the max line on the tank so on all of the web sites that sell these machine and advertise that they have a 64 oz tank they are misleading. Just like when I bought my Baby, it was advertised that the unit weighed 20 lbs but in fact it weighs around 14 lbs. But other then the steam valve leaking the Gaggia has worked great for a entire level machine. Now I'm saving for something like a Quick Mill Anita, Salvatore One Black, Nuova Simonelli Oscar, or a Fiorenzato Briccoletta. I think I would of got the Classic but at the time the Baby was around 100.00 cheaper and like I was told it was the same inside but with a plastic body. Anyway good luck in getting your Classic repaired
Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 6:18am Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic intermittent dripping steam tube, HELP SOMEONE PLEASE!!
I have a 13-year-old Gaggia Classic with a persistent, seemingly irremediable steam valve leak (and a recently-cracked knob, which I intend to replace but haven't yet). Honestly, what I'd really rather do is replace the needle valve and knob altogether with a 90° ball valve and control lever, which would give faster operation, no leaking, and more control. (There are appropriate applications for needle valves. This is not one of them.) But I'd settle for just being able to properly clean and reface — or replace, if necessary — the needle valve.
And there lies the problem, because try as I might, I cannot get the accursed valve body to part company with the boiler. I've removed all the screws I can find and it's still rock solid, pried on it as hard as I dare against the cast-aluminum boiler and it's immovable.
I would try putting the screws back but not very tight and then heating the machine to steam hot with the valve connected to the tubing and wand. Open the valve to relieve the pressure and unplug the machine. Try to loosen the joint, probably gentle prying as before, with it heated and all pressure relieved.
If/when you get it off, there is a possible fix, but the newer ones do not willingly come apart.
Posted Sat Jun 29, 2013, 6:30am Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic intermittent dripping steam tube, HELP SOMEONE PLEASE!!
Trying it at different temperatures is a good thought, thanks. I'll give that a try. I'm a little afraid to lean on it too hard, as I don't want to damage the boiler. If I can just once get it to move, then I can put it back on temporarily and order a replacement valve.
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