Hi guys, I've just recently signed up here to mainly read up about the Elektra T1 as I've just bought a second hand one, I picked it up last Saturday and it's been fantastic so far but I've noticed some issues since I installed it on Monday.
My machine is a 2007 T1 with the wood seven panel front buttons and I'm in the UK so 240v and I live in Glasgow so soft water feeding it from the mains via a standard carbon filter, coffees so far have been wonderful and so too steaming milk, can hardly believe the difference from my previous set ups.
I've been into coffee for about ten years or so, my first proper machine was a 2006 Gaggia Classic with a cheap grinder then I upgraded to an Expobar Leva dual boiler machine with a new Fiorenzato e4 grinder and then replaced this set up with a 1978 La Pavoni Europiccola and La Cimbali commercial grinder with 73mm burrs.
The Elektra is my first HEX machine and I'm loving it.
The T1 was bought from an English guy in the north east of England who, apparently, lives in Sweden but who also has a house here in the UK, he said that bought the machine back in 2010 from a business (accountants) and has had it stored for the last six years while he has been abroad.
When I picked the machine up last Saturday he showed me it working and made me a couple of coffees so paid my cash and left.
I installed the machine on Monday and it worked fine straight off and I left it on from about 3pm until 10pm and then turned it off for the day, the next day it was switched on at about 6.15am and I used it at about 8am and it worked perfectly and was left on all day until about 10pm when it was switched off for the day.
The next day, yesterday (Wednesday) the machine was turned on at about 6.45am and I used it about an hour later and it was clear that the machine wasn't 'that warm' however I did manage to make a couple of lattes and then it worked fine for the rest of the day with plenty of hot water and steam and then was turned off last night at about seven pm.
This morning I turned it on at 6.15am and used it at about 8am for the first time and again it was clear that it wasn't working properly, I first drew a mug of hot water which wasn't very hot and immediately the boiler pressure dropped from 1bar to about 0.02 bar then the heater kicked in and the boiler pressure rose to 1bar and then I was able to pull a couple of shots and steam milk. I then drew a jug of hot water and the boiler pressure dropped again and then the pump and heater kicked in and the boiler pressure rose again to 1 bar fairly quickly (about a minute) and it's been working fine ever since however when I drew the initial cup of water I'm pretty sure that the red led about the hot water tap didn't come on but whenever I draw about a jug of hot water (400mls) now the red led comes on then the pump kicks in briefly and the boiler pressure rises again pretty quickly to 1bar and the pressure gauge needle sits dead smack in the middle of the green section of the gauge.
The pump pressure reads about 4 bar and remains at that pressure constantly when I'm drawing hot water however it does rise briefly to 8 bar when the pump shuts off and the pump pressure rises to 8 bar and remains there while I'm pulling a shot.
The machine seems to be working perfectly otherwise, all Leds are working, the buttons are all working and it heats up fine but it seems that in order to, perhaps, 'waken the machine up' after it's been turned on for a good hour initially I have to draw a full jug of hot water of about half a litre after which it works perfectly for the rest of the day.
Can anyone tell whether this 'wakening' up thing is normal or that there may indeed be something wrong with the machine?
I have a local coffee service company that I use to buy parts and coffee beans so I can have them look at it and probably give it a service too at the same time considering that it's not been used for six years however I am a plumber/central heating engineer and would rather carry out the repair myself if it's simply a question of replacing a part or cleaning a valve etc cause obviously these machines are heavy and it's plumbed in now so this would likely mean that I'll have to have an engineer come to the house but the other issues is that the fault appears to be intermittent and from experience those sorts of faults are a bit of a nightmare to pin down properly.
BTW guys, does anyone have a user manual for this machine?