How to change your espresso machine’s brew head seal

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Does your coffee machine leak around the brew head?

It is possibly time that you consider replacing the brew head seal on your machine. See our guide below and also a list of other things to check before replacing the seal.

Pro tip: Before you begin, turn your machine on and let it heat up. Once it has heated up turn off and unplug the machine, then follow the instructions. This will make it easier to unscrew the filter. #1 Remove the attachments (drip tray, water reservoir, filter handle … etc) #2 Turn the machine upside down #3 Unscrew the filter #4 Remove filter and the old seal #5 Wash the filter #6 Fit the new seal and put it back together

How to change your espresso machine’s brew head seal

Pro tip: Before you begin, turn your machine on and let it heat up. Once it has heated up turn off and unplug the machine, then follow the instructions. This will make it easier to unscrew the filter.

  1. Remove the attachments (drip tray, water reservoir, filter handle … etc)
  2. Turn the machine upside down
  3. Unscrew the filter
  4. Remove filter and the old seal
  5. Wash the filter
  6. Fit the new seal and put it back together

Things to check before replacing the seal

  1. Is your coffee ground to fine? this will create to much pressure in side the filter cup forcing the fluid out of the sides instead of the bottom
  2. Is your dual walled filter blocked? you can check this by fitting your dual walled filter cup to the machine, with out coffee in it. If your machine still leaks their is a blockage in between the filter cups two layers.
  3. Is your brew head collar worn down? When the filter and filter handle is securely fitted to you espresso machine, the handle should be positioned in the centre (or just past the centre, to the right). If your handle easily pulls to the extreme right it is likely that your brew head collar is worn down and needs to be replaced along with the seal. This can be a particularly involved solution; you may want to consider taking your machine to a espresso machine service agent.
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Are you guilty of vacuum owners neglect?

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When I worked as an appliance technician in Upper Hutt, I was constantly surprised by customers who were disappointed in their appliance’s performance. In most cases it was quite clear to me that they had not performed simple maintenance.

Vacuums were by far the biggest victim of owners neglect. So here a some pointers to prolong and increase the quality of your vacuum cleaners life:

Firstly be careful what you suck up with your vacuum. Using you vacuum outside is probably not the best idea… and trust me it happens. Gib dust is like anthrax for vacuums, and hair pins often get caught in the hose or pipe and cause blockages.

Replace your bags regularly. Most vacuum bags will last the average 3 bedroom house up to 4 cleans. As soon as you notice that it is losing suction the bag should be changed. NEVER empty and reuse your vacuum bags, they are the first filter of the vacuum and even when trash has been removed the bag is still clogged with the finer particles which will put strain on the motor.

If you have a bagless vacuum, every time you empty the trash from it clean the dust canister and filter with a brush.

Check all of your filters regularly and if they are discoloured replace them.
Every couple of months I remove all the filters and bags from the vacuum and turn the machine on for 30 seconds to clear any dust that has made its way in to the motor cavity. Doing this regularly reduces the chance of dust building up on the motor causing it to overheat and die.

And lastly, treat your vacuum every now and then to some Vacuum Air Freshener. Nobody likes a smelly vacuum cleaner and this is easy to solve with pods or sachets that are put into your bag or dust canister to let of a fresh scent while vacuuming.

When was the last time you changed your bags/filter?

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