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I just found, I kid you not, in the garbage by the curb a Feama Family machine with grinder and base. Which looks just like on picture but older.
Pictures at www.dvdp.ca/feama
Took it apart. Of course it was filthy and disgusting inside. The bottom of the aluminium boiler is cracked. It was half full of lime. The boiler has '94 stamped on it so I figure the machine is from 1994 or the boiler has been replaced in 94 but I doubt that seeing in what bad state it was I figure nobody ever but any TLC on that unit.
My question is: is worth seeking another boiler (perhaps made of brass or steel if possible) and replacing gaskets and a few overheated connectors? All the switches and pump seem to work. The outside looks OK after a quick cleaning, would look great after a major cleaning.
Further more while I am mechanically capable my only work with coffee machines has been to overhaul two Pavonis which are really simple compared to this one. Would I be getting in over my head?
And where I to proceed where would I get the parts??? I know Faema in Montreal but they are very expensive and they hate to see people repair machine themselves. I got the overhaul kit for my second Pavoni on the web for half their price.