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    Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

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    Hey Guys,

    My Coffee machine is playing up and needs servicing. I was just wondering if any of you guys would know of a quick-fix I could do to the machine or know exactly what is causing the issue. This has been happening for the last 2 weeks and is ruining my extractions. It usually happens when the temp/pressure is high. I need a COFFEE DOCTOR :)

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    http://www.beanbunker.com/post/49795...lian-workhorse

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 626A67626D030 link=1270468790/0#0 date=1270468790
    playing up and needs servicing
    QED I reckon....

    What I see is typical thermonuclear Elektra bling *::)

    Take it for a service and get them to lower boiler pressure or do a thermostability upgrade if someone will look at it... ;)

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 515954515E300 link=1270468791/0#0 date=1270468790
    Hey Guys,

    My Coffee machine is playing up and needs servicing. I was just wondering if any of you guys would know of a quick-fix I could do to the machine or know exactly what is causing the issue. This has been happening for the last 2 weeks and is ruining my extractions. It usually happens when the temp/pressure is high. I need a COFFEE DOCTOR :)

    Video below..
    http://www.beanbunker.com/post/49795...lian-workhorse
    More information needed. Is this after you press the brew switch? - before? While idling? Video tells nothing.

    Whats the gauge reading when this happens? Is it sky high? If it is then the chances are all you need is a new pressurestat from coffee parts or Elektra. Nothing else really goes wrong with these machines.

    At the moment it just looks like a cooling flush.

    This is a 2003 machine yes?

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 79263E282328242D2D2E2E262A254B0 link=1270468791/1#1 date=1270470258
    QED I reckon....
    Take it for a service and get them to lower boiler pressure or do a thermostability upgrade if someone will look at it.
    Noted :) Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by 272E3D2E3928392E262A4B0 link=1270468791/2#2 date=1270596257
    Whats the gauge reading when this happens? Is it sky high? If it is then the chances are all you need is a new pressurestat from coffee parts or Elektra.
    Unfortunately the pressure gauge had stopped working two months in which that meter hand had come off :P.
    Thanks for the advise

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 777F727778160 link=1270468791/3#3 date=1270646716
    Quote Originally Posted by 79263E282328242D2D2E2E262A254B0 link=1270468791/1#1 date=1270470258
    QED I reckon....
    Take it for a service and get them to lower boiler pressure or do a thermostability upgrade if someone will look at it.
    Noted :) Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by 272E3D2E3928392E262A4B0 link=1270468791/2#2 date=1270596257
    Whats the gauge reading when this happens? Is it sky high? If it is then the chances are all you need is a new pressurestat from coffee parts or Elektra.
    Unfortunately the pressure gauge had stopped working two months in which that meter hand had come off :P.
    Thanks *for the advise
    Dont waste your money on thermo thingy upgrades. These machines dont need this stuff. But working any coffee machine with a bung boiler gauge is like asking someone to stick a cracker up your butt and light the fuse.

    I suspect you just need a new pressure stat - and a fixed gauge.

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    I had a laugh not that bad general use of intuition an using this machine for years you get a feel for things. The Elektra guage is as accurate as a 1940s Ferrari, in other words its pretty useless. So I have learnt not to pay much attenion to it.

    Never the less I would like it all to "somewhat" work :), so I have some range where things are at..

    I have never had a fire cracker up my butt so cant
    really reference that sensation and correlate that with making espresso.

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    doesnt look too bad to me. maybe if it is spluttering lots more than before, pressure is up. Id be buying a new gauge and go from there. then maybe adjust pressure down (which is really simple) or maybe need a new pressurestat (whihc isnt much more difficult to fit).

    it will always need a flush before making coffee. Even if you drop the presusre right down to the point where it is pretty useless for steaming with, it will still need a flush before use.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C756675627362757D71100 link=1270468791/4#4 date=1270683617
    Dont waste your money on thermo thingy upgrades. These machines dont need this stuff.
    dont know it is possib le anyway! i assume this is talking about putting in a flow adjuster on the thermosyphon (or even just putting a washer in the thermosyphon). but cant do that on an elektra.

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E262B2E214F0 link=1270468791/5#5 date=1270685048

    Never the less I would like it all to "somewhat" work :), so I have some range where things are at..
    What happened to the needle? If its just sitting at the bottom behind the glass then, when the machine is dead cold you can pull the glass (plastic) and cover off and gently push it back on so the tip is resting on the stop.

    Mine was giving a false .5 reading at cold and false 1.5 or so when hot - easy fix.

    You might have a feel for the machine but if the PS goes and you dont know it you might get more than a feel.

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 7F766576617061767E72130 link=1270468791/7#7 date=1270704605
    when the machine is dead cold you can pull the glass (plastic) and cover off and gently push it back on so the tip is resting on the stop.
    Thanks alot for the tip dude, after a bit of tinkering I was able to get the cover off and now I have the hand back on. I was also able to clean the inside of the gauge and now it looks new :).

    Next mission I have to find an Elektra service place in Melbourne. Tried calling Elektra Sydney and it seems there phone was not taking phone calls..

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F474A4F402E0 link=1270468791/8#8 date=1270730168
    Next mission I have to find an Elektra service place in Melbourne. Tried calling Elektra Sydney and it seems there phone was not taking phone calls.. *
    I may be able to help.

    I will pm you.

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    Re: Faulty Elektra Semi Automatic


    Dr Dregs

    I also own an Elektra Semi Automatica and are looking for someone to service it in Melbourne.

    Can you recommend anyone?



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