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  • Should a coffee machine be left on all day?

    My Expobar Minore II gets switched on in my studio at around 7.00am and stays on all day till I flick it off at around 6.00pm. Through the day it makes anything from four to twenty coffees depending on traffic. On a light day, should I be switching off and switching on or is leaving the machine on all day OK?

    A second machine is due this month, either a Rocket Giotto Premium Plus Version 2 or a VBM Domobar Super. Would the advice for the Expobar Minore II be the same for these machines? I know some commercial machines are best left on 24/7, but I certainly would not need to do that here.

    -PW

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    There is no doubt these machines can be left on indefinitely but that doesnt mean they *should* be, or need to be, which really depends on the situation. They are designed for continuous use which is different to being designed to be left on indefinitely.

    That said, in a working environment where you expect to walk up to it and use it at a moments notice any time of the day, leave it on til you leave for the night then switch off.

    In a home environment where the machine is definitely not going to be used while you are work, only being used once in the morning and once at night, and it is home alone, switch it off after use if for nothing else, for the sake of safety.

    I do exactly that. My Diadema Junior EXTRA Pidd'd Dual Boiler cupping machine at work is in all day until we leave, and my Unico Splendor at home is always off except for when we intend to use it.

    All you need to note, is a machine that is on for long periods, whether in use to make coffee or not, is still cycling and will suffer the "usual parts" failures sooner than a machine that is not left on all the time. By "usual parts", the ones that come to mind easiest would be pressurestats and seals. Pressurestat switches burn out, and seals are affected by heat, go hard and leak etc.

    Hope that helps.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pwp View Post
      My Expobar Minore II gets switched on in my studio at around 7.00am and stays on all day till I flick it off at around 6.00pm. Through the day it makes anything from four to twenty coffees depending on traffic. On a light day, should I be switching off and switching on or is leaving the machine on all day OK?
      -PW
      Under the circumstances described, for convenience, I would leave it on all day.

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