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One of the true joys of owning a Pavoni machine is the manual nature of it. Pulling that big handle every morning becomes part of your daily coffee ritual and with the simple nature of the machine you form a tight bond with it. With the simplicity of the machine you not only get to control almost every facet of the espresso process, but it also makes the machine very accessible to the owner when repairs are needed. In this short report, we will cover the most common maintenance on the machine which is replacing the head gaskets.
The suggested interval on this service is annual, but I had severely lapsed on this service until I started noticing slipping during the pull and difficulty in raising the handle. Also some infrequent hissing where the group head mates the boiler also was a clear indication that it was time to break out the tools.
All replacement parts are orderable from http://www.espressoparts.com
and for this procedure on a Euro piccolo, the parts needed are:
36, 39, 40, 41, 43(2), 46 from the following diagram: