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  • New to a Rancilio Silvia and servicing it

    hi all...
    New coffee person here as I just picked up a used Silvia from Gumtree pretty cheap...
    as the machine has not been used for a few year from the previous owner, I would think it is going to take a bit of cleaning to get it up and running again properly...

    I did a test run of it before buying, and noted that it did not leak when using the brewing and steam buttons which I assume is a good start; The steam knob was stuck initially, but after pulling it out, and putting it back on, I managed to get it turning easily without further hassle.

    I will be descaling the unit first, before running a back flush and taking the shower screen off to give it a nice clean...

    Will I need to do any other things for it?

    Also, what should I look at changing when I first take the unit apart for cleaning?

    The constant thing I hear about the silvia is the risk of burning up the water unit... How can i avoid this? Simply ensure there are always water in the reservoir?

    One final thing... The work flow I have seen so far suggest steaming milk first before pulling a shot... if I were to make 2 cups at the same time, is there much of a waiting time between the 2 shots, or should i steam, pull, steam then pull again? (silly question, but all the videos I have seen are all for one cup only :P)

    hope I can get many years of enjoyment out of this before I even think about needing to upgrade it or mod it

    thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by okitoki View Post
    The constant thing I hear about the silvia is the risk of burning up the water unit... How can i avoid this? Simply ensure there are always water in the reservoir?
    Once you've finished steaming run the brew switch until water comes out (not just a mix of steam + water), or the hot water switch with steam valve open.

    And if you're going to leave it on for a while, re-tighten the steam valve after its cooled down from steaming temperature.


    Nothing should need to be changed apart from the group gasket.

    Check the for water leaks around the pump.

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    • #3
      Sounds simple enough avoid that accident

      guess it is a good idea to have a spare group gasket laying around just in case?

      How long should I wait for the water to heat up before I can pull a shot? when testing it out just than, I noticed the light went off pretty quick... but I read somewhere that it should take about 30 mins?

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      • #4
        The grouphead + portafilter will take a while to get up to temperature, 30 minutes is a reasonable estimate, running hot water through them will speed things up though.

        After a bit of use you will get a feel for how hot the portafilter will be when everythings up to temperature and can use that as a guide.

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        • #5
          Hey hey y'all

          Welcome.

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          • #6
            Hey Mate... fancy to see you here

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