russel Senior Member Joined: 12 Mar 2010 Posts: 423 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sun Nov 3, 2013, 2:26pm Subject: SOLD: Livia 90 in need of repair
I sort of fell into this machine when a friend asked if she could trade it to me for a Europiccola that I had just finish rebuilding. She's very happy with her espresso, and I've had this living under my bench for a really long time - more than 6 months I think. She had purchased it intending to repair it and get a solid machine on the cheap, but the estimate from Pasquini was a lot more than she expected. I've been cleaning it out and spent the last week or so fixing what whatever I can with parts on hand. So far it's gotten new feet, a new pstat, a new pressure gauge, and a thorough cleaning inside and outside the pipes. It looks great. The autofill is working well (I think). The problem is that the shot pressure drops off quickly and if pushed the boiler will over fill and vent water through the safety valve. Currently, my best guess is that either the HX has ruptured or the solenoid valve that directs pump pressure to either the brew circuit or the boiler is faulty. Replacing the solenoid is not a big deal. Replacing the HX is a bit of a PIA and a new HX is $150 from Pasquini, maybe less if you can get you hands on a BZ99 HX or maybe a BZ02 HX. Either way, I really don't care to finish this project and I just want it out of my kitchen. Between the Europiccola and the replacement parts, I've put in about $400, so I'm hoping to find someone here in LA who would be willing to pick up the project for $400.
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 400 Seller Name: Russel Philip Seller Location: Los Angeles Sale Type: For Sale
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