kahvedelisi wrote:Experienced first hand, I can easily say every single piece of this brand new machine is failing.
a) Manufacturer did not respond neither mine nor the vendor's emails for a long time. Later on we received a response simply stating "it is what it is, nothing we can do". I disagree with that, you can easily go back to using quality material! Also let them know what I thought.
b) The cover for the sight glass went dull and blurry with heat and regular use (I will post before and after pictures later).
c) Every now and then I have to open & fix the pressure valve so it won't stuck and keep releasing steam non-stop (which prevents the machine from operating).
d) Saved the best for the last. Group head to boiler joint (that rhomboid shaped section) is leaking during pulling shots! How awesome is that?!? (again I will post pictures later)
I am never ever buying another Pavoni product. Never! And I guess I will go ahead and Frankenstein the current one slowly in time.
So, the short version, you guys were not kidding when you said Pavoni went cheap in recent years.
Once again, thanks to everybody, and drgary, I can't thank you enough!
Slightly off topic, but:
b) I replaced the plastic sightglass cover with an older metal sleeve sightglass.
c) Christopher Cara taught me to use something solid like a tamper to give a firm tap to the pressure valve. That will break up scale and/or stop it from steaming too much. This avoids the hassling of disassembly/reassembly. I had the same thing happen on 2nd and 3rd generation La Pavoni Europiccolas.
d) If the group head to boiler joint is loose, please inspect your boiler to group gasket, your group bolts and their threads. Steel overtightened into the brass (copper?) group can strip the threads. A bit of DOW 111 or similar can help seal that area. Hand tightening just until bubbling stops can help. Also make sure you have at least four threads into the boiler. Sometimes people add heat break gaskets and don't compensate by lengthening the bolts for safety.