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Gaggia carezza - coroding alum boiler due to dist. water. Clean and reuse or replace

This is a discussion on Gaggia carezza - coroding alum boiler due to dist. water. Clean and reuse or replace within the Coffee and Espresso Machines forums, part of the Coffee Addicts category; Had the machine for 3 years now, always used distilled water. Liked the taste and didn't want to deal with descaling. However, noticed that some ...

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    Gaggia carezza - coroding alum boiler due to dist. water. Clean and reuse or replace

    Had the machine for 3 years now, always used distilled water. Liked the taste and didn't want to deal with descaling. However, noticed that some metal particles coming out of the filter group. Took the boiler apart and I noticed some pitting. I also saw all those bits that I wasn't able to purge by running water (1st pic) through the machine.
    Do I just clean those bits and specs and the boiler and continue using it (with normal water this time to prevent more corrosion) or do I need to replace the boiler? On the bright side, there was no scale build up whatsoever, lol

    Thanks.

    Please see the pics.

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    Last edited by nsimov; 12-16-2012 at 08:50 PM. Reason: pics too large

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    It is very interesting to see all those rusting on your boiler....and its only 3 years old. And you are only using distilled water.... My first guess was if you were near the water treatment center.... lol.... I have seen some boiler doing because of high content of Chloride in the water... but in your case, that would not be possible. I would not replace the boiler unless you have to compromise the taste.... But I am only guessing... Good luck..

 

 

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