mavrick1903 Senior Member Joined: 17 Mar 2011 Posts: 75 Location: Madison WI Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Isomac Relax Grinder: Nuova Simonelli MCF
Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:24am Subject: E61-DB life cycle
About to finalize (pay) for a gently used Alex duetteo 2. Curious what the maintenance/life cycle of machines in this class are? I'm the only regular consumer in my house. Average daily is four doubles and 4-10oz of hot water or similar in hot water & steam.
Wondering what I can expect in maintenance cycles as well as overall longevity.
You can backflush with water as much as you like, preferably it should be done at least once daily, preferably after your last shot of the day.
When the E61 group gets "squeaky" or the lever gets difficult to move due to periodic detergent backflushing, it will require re-lubrication.. This video shows how to do it: (This doesn't look that hard to do if you have the right tools.)
Now, it is my understanding that when it comes time for your machine to be descaled, (About once every 6 months to 1 year, depending on your water hardness) this is best left up to a service professional to do.
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calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,316 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Veneziano A1 Grinder: Many different commercial Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Milita, Bunn&Curtis... Roaster: Cast iron pan, gas burner
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 6:44am Subject: Re: E61-DB life cycle
Your use determines how often to use detergent, not a big deal IMHO. It is very easy to descale with a conventional espresso machine and you only need to use a professional with a BDB or if your mechanical skills are not good enough to use basic hand tools without hurting yourself.
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