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opifan64 Apr 10, 2011 08:21 PM

I own a vintage Pasquini Livietta from the mid 1980's that has recently stopped working. When I turn it on I can hear a lot of noise, but it doesn't brew. I haven't used it in some time and I suspect it ran dry. I'm not sure how to prime the pump (or if there's something else wrong with it).

I contacted Pasquini directly and they said that they do repair older machines, unfortunately they're located in California. Does anyone know a good espresso machine repair shop in Toronto - or within an hour's drive of Toronto - that could repair an older machine?

Thanks!

 
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  1. foodyDudey RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 06:06 AM

    You could try calling the Grean Beanery, they have a servive dept. for the units they sell but may be able to repair yours. Service is performed at the King St. location, just east of Bathurst.

    http://www.greenbeanery.ca

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      miranda RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 07:35 AM

      We get our Gaggia repaired and regularly serviced at Zuccarini on Davenport betw Ossington and Dufferin Excellent service reasonable prices Miranda

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      7600 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L8B7, CA

      1. TeRReT RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 07:42 AM

        Faema at Dupont and Christie is also very good.

        http://www.faematoronto.com/index.html

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        Faema Cafe
        672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

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          foodyDudey RE: TeRReT Apr 11, 2011 07:53 AM

          Faema and Zuccarini are probably the only two other places that I'd take a machine to.

          Don't take it to Dr. Espresso, unless you want to have it go into a black hole.

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          672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

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            peppermint pate RE: foodyDudey Apr 11, 2011 08:05 AM

            +1 for Zuccarini - well-established family run business that takes a lot of pride in their work. Nice people, very good at what they do.

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              Frids RE: peppermint pate Apr 11, 2011 11:21 AM

              I'll chime in for Zuccarini. They had a rocky time of it when old Mr. Z. died about 10 years ago but as far as I can tell from recent experiences they've got it together again.

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          opifan64 RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 01:30 PM

          Hey, thanks for all the great tips everyone! I'm going to call around to the places suggested. Hopefully I'll be making espresso again soon.

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            LUV_TO_EAT RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 02:35 PM

            You might try putting something in to decalcify it. Perhaps you had some water in it which dried out and calcified blocking the tubes. Just a thought. Run it through several times perhaps.

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              opifan64 RE: LUV_TO_EAT Apr 11, 2011 03:04 PM

              Thanks. That's definitely a possibility. I'm not sure any water is actually pumping to the filter head, but I might try that.

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                foodyDudey RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 05:16 PM

                Most likely the diaphram in the pump has failed after all these years, in which case you will require a new pump.

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                  opifan64 RE: foodyDudey Apr 11, 2011 05:22 PM

                  I hope that isn't too expensive :S

            2. dachopstix RE: opifan64 Apr 11, 2011 04:23 PM

              Try this place, they did a great job for my Saeco machine when it went kaputz:

              Anthony's Espresso Equipment Inc.
              331 Jevlan Drive
              Woodbridge
              905-264-0433

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                opifan64 RE: dachopstix Apr 11, 2011 05:23 PM

                Thanks dachopstix :)

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                  BanhMi RE: dachopstix Apr 29, 2011 07:31 AM

                  I second that recommendation, I also had trouble with my Saeco and had it repaired there, now it's running like new. The service was fast and cheaper than going directly to Saeco, which I had gone to the year before wasn't very satisfied.

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                  mgualt RE: opifan64 Apr 30, 2011 06:24 PM

                  Call Chris at 416 258 0791 or email at Espresso Express Services <eexpress@rogers.com>

                  He knows what he's doing and doesn't charge too much. He fixed my machine.

                  1. atomeyes RE: opifan64 May 1, 2011 08:06 PM

                    there's a place on Coxwell around Gerrard. I wish i had its name (its on the east side. Yellow sign. looks like a throwback to a 60s hardware store). I know they do certified service for Delonghi machines.

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                      Frids RE: atomeyes May 2, 2011 05:00 PM

                      Butler's Appliance at 249 Coxwell. I bought a congee machine there last year. I was happy with the purchase although I'm not sure it's the right place for the repair of higher-end espresso machines. For those I'll say it again: Zuccarini.

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                      opifan64 RE: opifan64 May 28, 2011 04:27 AM

                      Update: thanks everyone! I took it to Zuccarini and it's working again. It was the pump that needed replacing and thankfully they were able to find a compatible replacement.

                      I've been doing some research online so that I can perhaps fix it myself next time if something needs maintenance or repair. It's a bit intimidating but there seems to some good information available from people who have done rebuilds of the same machine.

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                        DDD RE: opifan64 May 28, 2011 06:58 PM

                        Thank you for updating.

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