scalawag Senior Member Joined: 28 Oct 2003 Posts: 1 Location: san francisco Expertise: Beginner
Posted Wed Oct 29, 2003, 11:30am Subject: Saeco Royal Professional HELP!
Hello All, I am a rank novice here, but aspire to greater things! Since I know my limits as a barrista I've recently purchased a used Saeco Royal Pro in hopes of getting decent espresso at home. Unfortunately, the pump appears to be in "vapor lock" (this according to the not too helpful folks at Saeco) They've suggested I mail this behomoth 400 miles to the nearest authorized Saeco repair place, and I'd like to come up with an alternative. Anyone know of a good place in the San Francisco bay Area that might have a go at it? (its out of warranty, so I don't think it has to be a Saeco authorized dealer.) Alternativly, how difficult do you suppose this would be to fix ourselves? My spouse is a pretty gifted fix it guy, and is willing to give it a try if at all feasible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Mel
anokhi Senior Member Joined: 21 May 2003 Posts: 3 Location: Bonn Expertise: Intermediate
Espresso: Saeco Royal Professional
Posted Sat Jan 3, 2004, 2:52pm Subject: Re: Saeco Royal Professional HELP!
Is it displaying a 'Ventilate' message, by any chance? If so, I have found that, despite Saeco's comments about returning the machine for pump repair, it is easy to deal with yourself.
As background information, you may have noticed that the display shows the water tank as empty, even though it still has a little left. I think that's because, if the tank is really emptied, it causes an airlock in the machine and this results in the Ventilate message. I get it every time I do a de-scaling operation, which is one of the occasions when the machine's tank is truly emptied.
Anyway, if the Ventilate message is showing, fill the water tank, then place a container under the wand and click the hot water button. This should expel the air from the machine and the message will disappear.
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