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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:01am
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My son used our Lelit in the morning and left it on all day. When I got home after work it was really hot, as would be expected. Now it takes a very long time for the extraction to start after I flip the switch, and the stream is very thin and dark. It may be that the water pressure is messed up. What could the problem be and how can I fix it? Thanks!
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:03am
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Somehow this got double posted.
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:04am
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Did he leave the spent puck on the group all day too? Could be you need to clean the shower screen. Might have to remove it for a soak and scrub

 
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:39am
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Did the water level get low?  Did you open the steam wand and fill the boiler with water?

 
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:41am
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No, he didn't leave the portafilter on, just the machine. Not a bad idea to clean it anyway, of course! :-)    But I think the problem is in the workings itself.
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:44am
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D4F Said:

Did the water level get low?  Did you open the steam wand and fill the boiler with water?

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No, there was still about a quarter tank left, l checked the hoses and it still seems primed, just low pressure.
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:48am
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Sorry, I meant water low in the boiler not tank.  It will mostly refill by air exiting the group but may leave a bit of air at the top of the boiler. The pump and hoses would still be primed but would run a bit to mostly refill the boiler before water out.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:56am
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D4F Said:

Sorry, I meant water low in the boiler not tank.  It will mostly refill by air exiting the group but may leave a bit of air at the top of the boiler. The pump and hoses would still be primed but would run a bit to mostly refill the boiler before water out.

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Ah, I don't know how to check it, that may be it!  What should I do to find out, and possibly refill it?
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 11:01am
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Open the steam wand and turn on the pump/brew.  You do not need to hit steam, just open the wand.  You may get out a bit of air before water.  Close the wand and then water will exit the group, or more water will exit the group and then turn off the pump.  Then when all heated, try a brew.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 11:17am
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D4F Said:

Open the steam wand and turn on the pump/brew.  You do not need to hit steam, just open the wand.  You may get out a bit of air before water.  Close the wand and then water will exit the group, or more water will exit the group and then turn off the pump.  Then when all heated, try a brew.

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Very good, I did that a couple of times and the water started much faster and more was coming out. Not the full screen, but that may be a cleaning issue. Thanks!
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