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    Silvia Light Stuck On

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    Hi everyone,

    This morning I woke up to my Silvia with the orange light on, I thought it was warming so went about making my breakfast but it was still on 10 minutes later. I instantly thought somehow the thermostat may have been triggered but wasnt sure why because the machine hadnt been left empty or the steamer hadnt accidentally been left on. After checking the thermostat, this was fine. I turned the machine back on after checking the thermostat and left it for a bit and still the orange light is on yet if I run some water through, it feels quite hot/normal.

    Does anyone have any ideas what may be wrong?

    If anyone has any suggestions Id greatly appreciate it :)

    - Alex

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Hmmm. Are you saying the neon was lit when the switch was off when you woke up?

    This link still works: http://home.surewest.net/frcn/Coffee/Silvia/SilviaWorks.html and has the wiring diagram for a Silvia. If you follow it, you can diagnose where the current is flowing. If that makes no sense to you DO NOT poke around with a multimeter. It is 100% 240VAC inside a Silvia.

    Just to point to one possibility - my Silvia came with a super dodgey main switch. I had the experience of the neon being on whenever the main switch was on.

    /Kevin

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Gday mate.... :)

    How long have you owned the Silvia "wisie" and have you completed any Mods at all?

    Mal.

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Cheers Kevin for the reply. I think this one might be above my pay grade by the sounds of it and will require someone who knows what theyre doing to have a look at it. Has anyone suggestions of where to get a silvia fixed?

    Ahh it was a long day without coffee *:-?

    Quote Originally Posted by 436E6A666B070 link=1276829788/2#2 date=1276844101
    Gday mate.... :)

    How long have you owned the Silvia "wisie" and have you completed any Mods at all?

    Mal.
    Hi Mal,

    Ive owned the machine for around 18 months with no mods performed and unfortunately out of warranty.


    Cheers guys,

    - Alex

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by 150B110B07620 link=1276829788/3#3 date=1276852219
    Has anyone suggestions of where to get a silvia fixed?
    Since you reside in Hobart try contacting our sponsor in Hobart OOMPH! Coffee Roasters

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Sending Silvia to Oomph or any other reputable specialist espresso machine technician would definitely be the go. Too dangerous to be mucking around under the bonnet if youre not au fait or qualified to work with 240V AC.... :o

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Boiler is warming up, but light is staying on anyway, right?

    Then my guess would be either a dodgy main switch (less likely), or a failing heating coil (more likely).

    The light gives an indication of the state of the thermostats. *If the light is on, then the thermostats are calling for more heat. *If the light stays on, then the boiler is never getting hot enough to satisfy the them.

    If the problem was caused by a stuck thermostat, then the heater would continue to heat until the safety thermostat was tripped, which has apparently not happened on your machine.

    So that leaves a faulty heater as the most likely cause. *OOMPH! will probably be able to tell right away if this is the case.

    Jim *(hopes hes wrong)

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Thanks everyone. Ill get in touch with Oomph today and hopefully they can push me in the right direction to get it fixed :)

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Theoretical "on paper" diagnosis from all the above, Im with Jim, its the element. Actual diagnosis could point the finger elsewhere but....

    You say the water seems quite hot / normal.....maybe not.....lukewarm perhaps?

    Further, in agreement with others, whatever the cause there is an electrical "inconvenience" happening and this means it is a "take it to your nearest service centre" scenario. I am glad others have already recommended that.

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Hello Alex.
    Carlos from the CUPPING ROOM in Hobart here.
    We are the roasters for Oomph! Coffee, and we do have a technician on nowadays, so are doing machine repairs and can have a look at your machine for you.
    Bring it in to the roastery @ 105 Murray St.
    Maybe we can do a deal?
    We love your photography, and need food shots!
    Carlos.

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Thanks Carlos! PM incoming :)

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by 5D7E6D6D7E7C741F0 link=1276829788/9#9 date=1276911754
    Hello Alex.
    Carlos from the CUPPING ROOM in Hobart here.
    We are the roasters for Oomph! Coffee, and we do have a technician on nowadays, so are doing machine repairs and can have a look at your machine for you.
    Bring it in to the roastery @ 105 Murray St.
    Maybe we can do a deal?
    We love your photography, and need food shots!
    Carlos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68766C767A1F0 link=1276829788/10#10 date=1276912333
    Thanks Carlos! PM incoming :)
    Aint this grand... Just what CS should be about..

    Well done guys / gals [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif]

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Couldnt have been better :) Appreciate the help everyone.

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Dont forget to tell us what is actually wrong, when you get it back.

    Hope it isnt the heating element - that means a whole new boiler on the new Silvias...

    I take it you have an RCD/ELCB/"Safety Switch" on your mains supply to the machine? If not, you might like to know that partial failure of the heater can lead to the chassis getting shorted to the neutral side of the mains and the little neon will light permanently under that circumstance. Unfortunately, so might you if you touch the machine!

    Best of luck with it!

    /Kevin

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Thanks to the guys at The Cupping Room my machine was looked at and it turns out it will be needing a new boiler which will run me around $350-400~. Might be best to buy a new one I think :(

    Thanks again everyone :)

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by 6779637975100 link=1276829788/14#14 date=1277357182
    Thanks to the guys at The Cupping Room my machine was looked at and it turns out it will be needing a new boiler which will run me around $350-400~. Might be best to buy a new one I think :(

    Thanks again everyone :)
    Ooorrr *Thats a shame...

    Coffeeparts have the Boiler... But fitting and testing are all involved...

    Do it wrong and ya back to square 1.



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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Quote Originally Posted by 79677D676B0E0 link=1276829788/14#14 date=1277357182
    Thanks to the guys at The Cupping Room my machine was looked at and it turns out it will be needing a new boiler which will run me around $350-400~. Might be best to buy a new one I think :(

    Thanks again everyone :)
    Gday Wisie.... :)

    Dont give up yet mate. Your problem can be solved by drilling out the original Element Posts from the Boiler and then buying and fitting a replacement element. Not a difficult job if you know someone in a machine shop who have access to small diamond core-drill bits.

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    Re: Silvia Light Stuck On

    Hi wisie,

    Ill send you the details of a bloke in Melbourne who can repair your boiler...

    Check your PMs

    Chris



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