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Thread: Sunbeam EM5600 Temperature

  1. #1
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    Sunbeam EM5600 Temperature

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    I have a 3.5 year old EM5600 that is on its second pump (dont get me started on how long that took to get!). I replaced the pump myself and it has been going OK for 3 months or so since I did that.

    But now I seem to be suffering from poor water temperature. Ive noticed that the shots are getting weaker over the last few weeks and if I run about 40 ml through the machine without the basket the best temperature I can measure is about 70C into a preheated cup. This seems to be quite low (but I really wouldnt know what it should be).

    The machine is used daily 1-3 times.

    Is this likely to be a thing de-scaling would help and is vinegar as good as the (expensive) commercial descaling solutions?

    Anything else to try before I give up on this thing and bin it? (it has never been particularly good but it was cheap).

  2. #2
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    Re: Sunbeam EM5600 Temperature

    Forgot to say, on the de-scaling it was descaled before I replaced the pump but not since (using a commercial powdered descaler). I dont think it would be much of an issue as it is used exclusively with tank water (as that is all we have).

  3. #3
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    Re: Sunbeam EM5600 Temperature

    Try measuring the water temperature using a styrafoam cup, trimmed and pushed up around the brew head. Poke a hole in it for the thermometer etc. Youll probably get a more accurate reading. Youll also notice that the temperature will drop a number of degrees as the shot progresses. Let the machine recover for 5-10 mins before taking a second reading.
    The temp readings on my EM6910 using this process is in the mid 80s.

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