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Bialetti Moka pot lifespan? parts?

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I have a Bialetti Moka 6-cup that I've been using several times a week for about 2 years now. In the last month or so the round seal part has gotten very soft and we have to tighten it more and more for it to work properly. I looked on their website and it doesn't look like you can order new seals (I don't know what this part is properly called). Has anyone else had this problem? I really though that these pots should last much longer than 2 years...

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  1. Are you talking about the white gasket just under the lid? That needs to be replaced periodically, especially if it gets hard or cracked.

    I've seen replacement gaskets at large urban kitchen stores such as SurLaTab for a dollar or two.

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    1. re: paulj

      Also at many Tru Value hardware stores. The kit usually includes the metal filter. You can even get them from Amazon. The shipping cost might be more than the price of the gasket, but still fairly cheap if you can't find them locally.

    2. If you want a brand new pot, they are selling them at Linens n Things - going out of business sale...

      Then again, I wouldn't buy a whole new pot if you can buy a replacement gasket. If you don't have a store near you that sells the item you can always search online. Try this for me; type: "Bialetti replacement gasket" in Google.

      Google must work some kind of magic under my fingertips... this is what I came up with:

      http://www.espressoparts-usa.com/prod...

      http://www.amazon.com/Bialetti-Replac...

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      1. re: HaagenDazs

        Thanks everyone! I really just needed to know that it was called a gasket :) Cause all my other searches for Bialetti rubbery thingy didn't turn up anything (shockingly).

        I did find it at Amazon, but yes the shipping costs twice as much as the part! I'll have to find a Tru Value store around here.

        1. re: pigtowner

          Gotcha... yep, the gasket part is important. ;-)

          Hey, if you can find a gasket sold by Amazon.com themselves, as opposed to another merchant simply selling via Amazon.com, and you get your order total over $25 and you'll get free shipping. Christmas time is near!

      2. Sweet Maria's, Bialetti store.

        It's rubber, so if it is soft, it's fine? It's when it gets HARD that you need to replace it. That's what I always thought, anyway.