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GRC123
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 7:39am
Subject: Excess water from my steam spout
 

I have a 3 year old Quickmill Anita and have always had it on a timer to shut down at night and heat up a couple hours before I get up. I also recently replaced the pump and the seat inside the expansion valve. Since then, my first steam of the day produces about a half cup of water/steam mixture before I can start steaming. The second cup and subsequent cups are all fine. As an experiment, I removed the timer so the machine stayed hot all night and the steamer was back to normal (an insignificant amount of water). Anyone know what's going on here?
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:29am
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Sounds normal to me. This has been the case with the home espresso machines I have used, when turned off at night and on in the morning.
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 2:27pm
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i'm pretty sure this has to do with the wand and other steam valve parts not being up to temperature.   The same thing happens even on the highest end commercial machines.

i always do a several second steam flush before i start pulling my espresso/steaming
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 7:27am
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But what doesn't make sense is that I didn't have this problem for 3 years and now I do. It has always been on a timer and the first steam was just a tiny bit of water.
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:43am
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I agree, something has changed. I am not sure what.  When was the last time you descaled?  Maybe there is blockage.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 8:17am
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My water is processed through a water softener, then a charcoal filter, then through a reverse osmosis cycle and yet another set of filters to remove all minerals including calcium. Believe me, there is no scaling in my machine. It must be something else.
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:07am
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I use filtered water at my new house, and I would say there is a significant difference on buildup.  Clean water=clean machine.
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:33am
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Could it be blocked with milk?  Something has changed.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:36am
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Nope. I pulled the spout off to clean it and it was already clean as a whistle.
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