Greeting coffee aficionados!
While I'm still debating if it's worth bianka-fying my Mara or it's easier to sell her altogeter to get the Bianca instead.... my Mara had her first leak.
-around last weekend i've noticed that the table's surface under my machine was a tad too wet... wrote it of as me being clumsy while feeling her.
-Today though, the water level sensor was acting all out of wack - which forced me to take a waaay closer look under her and sure enough - she was dripping.
-upon disassembly it didn't take long to figure out the culprit:
-the grupo water supply tube - which happens to vibrate along with the vibe pump - kinda worked itself through against some wire connectors. NB the white shavings laying around.
Seems kind odd that this tube isn't sleeved - while there is at least another one in the system, using the same material, but sleeved into a soft pu-tubing for protection. Imho - a definite shortcoming from Lelit.
-finding the replacement part became a challenge since none of Montreal's "true Italian" espresso machine's stores have their service departments working on Saturdays. Luckily - the last store which I visited pointed out that there's an official Lelit service center (and importer) just down the street - which I was totally unaware of and which happened to have their service/parts stuff working on a Saturday. So I've got the parts required along with a quote for a Bianca. Oh and i did get some larger diameter soft pu-tubing.
-overall it was an easy fix which was very frustrating in terms of finding the right parts... Turns out - not all Italian brands are using the exact same parts. Not the impression that i've got while fixing some previous findings from classifieds... as it turns out.
-While she was open - I had my first - and a fairly good - glance about her's insides. Looks solid enough, albeit - I wasn't too keen about how much water the vacuum valve spits around while settling in place.
-Our Lelit distributor's core business is with Jura machines... so it was kinda fun to watch the "typical" crowd who are shopping for this kind of "coffe-making-machines"... at least, Jura-s are using either ground or whole beans and not the pods.
-moral of the story: if you're keen about keeping your Mara as a daily driver - get your grupo hose inspected and have some spare on hand.