Hello everyone- I'm new to this forum and pretty new to the world of home espresso making too. I had the opportunity to buy a Rancilio Epoca S1 Tank model at an auction near where I live. I didn't have the opportunity to power it up but was told by several people that supposedly knew that it worked ok. All items were sold "As Is".
Yup - you guessed it. Didn't work. It powered up and both green power lights came on along with the amber "Low Tank Level" indicator light. I filled tank but the low tank level light never went out and pump never came on.
I've pulled off both sides and have discovered there's two plastic wire connectors that appear burned. It's melted in two areas inside that one connection.
It doesn't appear to have any other heat damage anywhere else. There is enough wire so I was thinking of just cutting off the damaged connector and installing another.
I'm wondering if there is a better way of going about this. If it melted once than what's to prevent it from happening again.
Been meaning to put an update on here so here it goes -
Continued to troubleshoot the machine. I took all the panels off and really examined everything carefully. Noticed that a couple of four wire plastic connectors looked burned and when I pulled the connectors apart you could see at least 2 of the wires were getting little if any connection. I replaced those connectors with ones that give better connection and turned machine on. IT WORKED!!!!
While I had everything apart I noticed someone had broken many pieces on the front panel and also the brew switch didn't work very well. I ordered a bunch of new parts from Espreseeo Parts.com. Those guys were great - highly recommend. I expect the final part I need to arrive today and I'll put everything back together.
Machine works great though. Could have been a lot worse.
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