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Evanini
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 2:30pm
Subject: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

Hi there,

I just bought a Brasilia Club (my first machine) and it appears that the boiler is leaking. In addition no water comes out of the steam wand. Does anyone know of a good tutorial for fixing this? Other suggestions?

Thanks,
Evan
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 7:08pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

To fix it yourself, you'd need at least the one seal that isn't properly installed, potentially the whole set of seals that might be moved during the repair (If it's an element seal leaking, you'll have to open the boiler, etc.).

Return the machine and get your money back. Unless you got a great deal for it being a damaged machine and think you'll enjoy spending time fixing it rather than enjoying espresso.

If the boiler is leaking badly enough to be unable to build pressure, there's no pressure to move water out of your steam wand.
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 11:13pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

Thanks for the reply!

Do you think that it's worth it to pay to have it fixed? Or shall I move on to a different machine?
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Posted Wed Oct 2, 2013, 3:53am
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

No, unless you have an emotional tie to that particular machine.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 5:41pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

Hello,

I unblocked the solenoid & boiler/grouphead and replaced the orings on the boiler. Not a quick thing but I may be able to help if you haven't got it sorted.

cheers

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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 8:32pm
Subject: Re: Brasilia Club boiler leaking
 

Evan,

 The Brasilia Club is a good machine and the original price was higher than the Silvia.  If you want to repair the machine yourself, the machine is simple and parts are usually inexpensive.    Boiler leaks are often o-rings which often  cost more to ship than their actual cost.  My Club had a leak and it was the copper pipe from the pump to the boiler.  I simply unscrewed the pipe and screwed on a  generic hose with appropriate pressure and temperature and thread size.

  The lack of water from the steam arm may be (1) pump is not primed or (2) solenoid is bad/blocked.  Priming
the pump is especially difficult on the Club because it has a one-way valve.  What I do is

(1) machine is plugged in and the ON switch is off!  The on switch turns on the heater which can ruin the heater if the boiler is empty.
(2) open the steam valve
(3) pull the plastic tube out the the water tank and hold it vertically.
(4) pour water down the tube (I use a measuring cup with a fine spout). I tap the pipe to get the water
    to flow down to the pump.
(5) briefly pulse the water button a few times  (The pump is energized even though the power is off.)
(6) if the water level of the water tube goes down, repeat steps 4-5 until water flows from the steam arm.
   If the water level never decreases, you have solenoid or a pump problem.

Wesley
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