DISCONTINUED Lelit PL62S-T Mara HX Espresso Machine

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Lelit PL62S-T Mara HX Espresso Machine

A huge legend in a small body – Mara is placed at the prestigious end of many home espresso machine. It combines the best technology ever – the legendary E61 grouphead inside an incredibly compact, full stainless steel body. The result: a marvelous, appealing and super compact espresso machine enabling to apply barista’s golden rules and extract the most tasty espressos and cappuccinos you can dream of.

This version of the Mara comes with a built-in PID Sensor.  This helps keep a steady boiler temperature, better than a pressurstat in terms of temperature management and in terms of reliability. Although this unit does not have a user programmable PID controller interface to change the boiler temperature, the manufacturer has a preset temperature for the boiler based on years of studying the PID.

Features:

  • Polymer tubing connecting boiler to steam and hot water valves are alimentary, withstand high pressure, withstand high temperatures up to 620 °F, facilitate easier repairs, and most importantly, are limescale free.
  • Stainless steel body with a satin finish (exterior only).
  • Dual pressure gauge – Top part measures boiler pressure (0 – 4 bar). Bottom part measures pump pressure (0 – 16 bar).
  • Separate indicator lights – Left light is for power to indicate the machine is powered on. Right light is for the heating element to indicate when the heating element is energized.
  • Multi-directional, no burn steam and no burn hot water wand and 2 hole steam tip.
  • Professional grade portafilter – double spout handle – with 58 mm with Lelit logo imprinted on the filter head.
  • Adjustable over pressure valve – top cover and body panel need to be removed to adjust. We do not recommend this as the pump pressure can be regulated by the grind fineness, amount of coffee in the basket, as well as the tamping presure.
  • Water reservoir has a two stage shut off. One shut off is for when removing the reservoir. The second shut off is a magnetic float to power off the heating element when the reservoir is low on water.
  • Manual resettable safety thermostat on top of boiler – this usually occurs if the PID sensor
  • E61 grouphead – hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead to keep your portafilter nice and hot.
  • 1.4 liter copper boiler, insulated on side, with heat exchanger and thermo-siphon double cycle system to have the brewing group and the boiler always hot, at the right temperature determined by the manufacturer
  • Extremely low feet to create a very low profile
  • Power plug completely removable from rear of machine – make sure it is thoroughly plugged in as a weak connection can cause a fire hazard.
  • Accessories: Instructional manual, dual spout portafilter with 2-cup basket, cheap plastic tamper, plastic scoop, and blind filter basket/insert

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Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

14.5, approximate

Width (inches)

9, approximate

Depth (inches)

16, approximate

Weight (pounds)

42

Wattage (watts)

1500

Voltage (volts)

120

Boiler capacity (liters)

1.4

Portafilter size (mm)

58

Tank capacity (liters)

2.5

Country of manufacture

Italy

  • Label: The label on the box shows the SKU as PL62S/120/1STL.
  • Comparison to the PL62 version:
    • The PL62S has a plastic tamper. The PL62 has an upgraded tamper.
    • The PL62S has a 2 spout portafilter. The PL62 has a 1 spout portafilter and a 2 spout portafilter.
    • The PL62S has plastic steam / hot water knobs. The PL62 has upgraded knobs similar to the PL62T.
  • Direct water connection: The Lelit PL62T Mara is currently NOT available with a direct water connection. It can only operate with a water tank / reservoir.
  • Low water alarm: The beep of the low water alarm starts slow for about 20 seconds. In this time there is power to the heating element. After the 20 seconds the heating element is no longer powered and the beep increases the frequency.

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      Thanks for the answer. I will try the descaling. Do you have any suggestions on how to do that?
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      Q Thanks for the answer. I will try the descaling. Do you have any suggestions on how to do that? answer now
      Asked by Emilio Z on April 15, 2022 4:39 pm
      Answered by the admin

      The link was provided on a previous question down below.

    2. Hi, I bought this model almost 3 years ago. I have been very happy with it. In the last month it started having issues with the low water level sensor which would either not work or, in the last week, start beeping even when the tank is full. I have tried checking the floating magnet inside the tube in the reservoir and it seems to move when I fill it. I have also noticed that if I let the machine cool down and then turn it on the sensor does not beep until I pull a shot.
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      Q Hi, I bought this model almost 3 years ago. I have been very happy with it. In the last month it ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Emilio Zaratiegui on April 11, 2022 11:41 am
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, there may be a loose wire connection somewhere. Or, it is taking to long to pump. We suggest running a descaler through the grouphead and water wand. Then rinsing. Make sure to remove any water softener before descaling.

    4. My Mara is approximately 18 months old. It has worked great up until this point. I am experience over pressurization issues on the steam boiler. My pressure is running over 2-3 and causing the internal pressure relief valve to activate. The heating element does not appear to be shutting off when it is suppose to. We do all our general cleaning, utilize the Lelit softener, and run the machine with distilled water using 3rd wave additives. I'm assuming I have a faulty thermostat on the boiler. Please let me know if this is a pretty safe assumption, and if so what the proper replacement part number is. Thank you.
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      Q My Mara is approximately 18 months old. It has worked great up until this point. I am experience ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joe on June 21, 2021 12:52 pm
      Answered by the admin

      The problem is the formulated additives. It is a known problem we discovered in 2020 and we created a video about this. as you can see, people did not believe us. Stop using this water.

      The Lelit water softener needs to be recharged every 2 weeks and replaced every 6 months.

      You will need to check if your machine has a PID sensor inside which can be cleaned or a pressurestat which needs to be replaced after full descaling. Unfortunatel,y, some S models had the PID sensor and we are unsure which ones.

    6. I purchased a Lelit Mara a couple of years ago from you. Great unit, it’s been perfect. However, recently in the past few months, during shot pulls, I’m getting some water dripping from around the edges of the portafilter. I can move the shot glass away from the dripping, but there is more and more volume of dripping coming out now, almost close to a stream. I’ve tried several combinations of portafilters and baskets, and it does it on all of them. I looked to see if there’s a way to tighten something there, but it looks like the screen can’t be removed.
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      Q I purchased a Lelit Mara a couple of years ago from you. Great unit, it’s been perfect. However,...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Andrew on February 23, 2021 6:04 pm
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      The grouphead needs maintenance.

    8. Hi I have a Mara PL162s that is about three years old. It wasn't used for around 6 months and now the boiler will not activate. The pump runs continuously and the water runs out the overflow hose and back into the tank. Water will go through the group head but not either wand. I have a feeling it may be a bit of calcium that is causing the problem. Is there a descaler that you would recommend? Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
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      Q Hi I have a Mara PL162s that is about three years old. It wasn't used for around 6 months and now...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Todd Woodbury on August 10, 2020 9:12 pm
      A I have the same machine and the descaler I am using is Durgol a product made by a Swiss company.
    10. I purchased the PL62S-T. The pre-infusion does not seem to be working. Also, the pump comes on sometimes even though it is not being used.
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      Q I purchased the PL62S-T. The pre-infusion does not seem to be working. Also, the pump comes on so...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ken Robison on November 25, 2019 5:27 pm
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      Pre-infusion is built in the pump. With the lever in the down position, lift it up all the way. Without coffee or a blind in the portafilter in the grouphead, the pump pressure can reach up to 4 bar. With the portafilter with a blind basket, the pump pressure will get to 8-9 bar between 7 and 9 seconds. This is the built in pre-infusion.

      On tank models, lifting the lever at about 45 degrees dow not really do pre-infusion because there is no water line pressure from a plumbed in connection. Hence, with a water reservoir, this lever pre-infusion only uses a small amount of steam and hot water in the grouphead to push the water through. In most cases, not enough steam pressure and not enough hot water to get through the espresso coffee grinds in the filter basket.

      The pump can come on by itself at warm up. After fully heated, there can be a leak somewhere in the machine causing the machine to refill. Purified water can cause the same issue.

    12. I am unable to see the float because the tube and tank are too opaque, even with a bright flashlight. However, I can hear the float rock back and forth when I empty the tank and rotate it from side to side. It is safe to assume that it will float correctly if I can hear it rocking back and forth? I have also plugged the unit into two different GFI outlets and neither trips when I turn the unit on.
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      Q I am unable to see the float because the tube and tank are too opaque, even with a bright flashli...... Read more answer now
      Asked by j_heffner on August 23, 2019 2:53 am
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      One can not assume the magnetic float will float correctly when water is inserted. Rocking back and forth when empty only shows that limescale did not trap the float in the tube. The machine may need to be sent in for service. Please email us for a repair authorization number.

    14. Yesterday evening I went to pull a shot and discovered that while I could extract the shot, there was no pressure for steam. The next morning, when I turned on my Lelit Mara PL62S-T, the light on the left went on right away, but the light on the right did not come on until 10 seconds or so later. After it came on, it was noticeably dimmer than the light on the left. Further, the pump works, but it did not cycle like it usually does to ensure that the boiler is full. After 30 minutes, the boiler was still at room temperature. I checked the thermostat safety switch, it seems that it was not tripped. The unit is under warranty, but I am unsure what to do at this point.
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      Q Yesterday evening I went to pull a shot and discovered that while I could extract the shot, there...... Read more answer now
      Asked by j_heffner on August 13, 2019 12:16 am
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      Please plug the unit in a GFI outlet and check to see if it trips the GFI outlet circuit.

      A I have plugged the machine into two different GFI outlets to see if it trips when I power it on, and neither of them tripped.
    16. I went to pull a shot last night and found that my PL62S-T was not operating normally. It was hot, but the pressure in the boiler was 0 (no steam). This morning I turned it on again. At first, the blue light on the right turned on after about 10 seconds, but it was dimmer than the light on the left. After a half hour, the machine was still cool to the touch, and the pressure was 0. I am not sure what to do at this point.
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      Q I went to pull a shot last night and found that my PL62S-T was not operating normally. It was hot...... Read more answer now
      Asked by j_heffner on August 10, 2019 8:04 pm
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      Please check the water tank float tube in on the left hand side when inserted in the machine. Also, check the magnetic float inside the reservoir moves within the tube. And, check to see if it floats inside the tube when filled with water. You may need to put the reservoir up to the room light to see the float in the tube.

      A I am unable to see the float because the tube and tank are too opaque, even with a bright flashlight. However, I can hear the float rock back and forth when I empty the tank and rotate it from side to side. It is safe to assume that it will float correctly if I can hear it rocking back and forth?
    18. I ordered the PL62S-T Mara a week ago, shipping to Oregon. It is supposedly to be delivered 3 days ago. However, the package is now stuck in historic midwest flood with no fixed delivery date. The problem is I'm shipping this machine to my second home. If it arrive with more than 2 week delay, I won't be there to receive it. I could arrange someone else to receive it but this person will not be able to inspect and check if the machine is working or not. What option do I have? I purchased Lelit Bianca two months ago, shipped to my main home in Louisiana. The shipping was smooth and the machine is fantastic. Thank you.
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      Q I ordered the PL62S-T Mara a week ago, shipping to Oregon. It is supposedly to be delivered 3 day...... Read more answer now
      Asked by robert0999 on March 18, 2019 1:18 pm
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      Thank you for your inquiry. UPS stated the machine has moved to Oregon. Please note that UPS does NOT show every scan of the packaging through their systems and warehouses. on their web site.

    20. Similar questions have been asked, but I think mine is sort of the reverse of them. I currently have an Ascaso Duo Tronic, and I almost exclusively make one milk drink in the evening. So while I care about the quality of the shot, it is less important than the steam capability, which on the Ascaso is barely adequate for good microfoam, and even then it's a trick to get that performance. The ability to make multiple drinks quickly is not a requirement. I have no doubt this machine will perform much better for steam, but my question is, is it overkill? Will I get the same results (for a milk drink) from a cheaper single boiler machine? I had a Solis SL-90 previously, and loved it - it actually steamed much better than the "dedicated" thermoblock on the Ascaso, which I thought would be an asset. I'm willing to pay the cost of this machine (at the current sale price), but if I can get the same results by spending less, obviously I'd prefer that. Reading through a lot of these questions makes this thing sound like there's a learning curve, but is that really only true if I'm seeking the "perfect shot", which I won't if it's just going in a milk drink. Is there anything more to it in my use case than to just do a cooling flush until the water output is stable?
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      Q Similar questions have been asked, but I think mine is sort of the reverse of them. I currently h...... Read more answer now
      Asked by RobertM75002 on March 6, 2019 7:07 pm
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      Thank you for your inquiry. The better machine to mimic the Solis SL90 is the Lelit Anna or the Lelit Vittoria.

      First, the Mara is a superior steam performance machine with a 20 minute warm up time. For one cup per day with no entertaining, this is not your best choice. If there is entertaining or you are making 12 ounce and larger cappuccino or lattes, then this may be the better choice. There are only a few units of this models left under the sale.

      The Lelit Anna has the quickest warm up time of 10-15 minutes due to the brass boiler and there is a short wait time to steam mode like the Solis SL-90. Steaming performance is similar. Major difference is the on/off switch to make espresso when compared to the Tronic or SL90 which was a full automatic dosage feature for the espresso extraction.

      The Lelit Vittoria is a step up over the Lelit Anna with better build quality, higher steaming capability, better espresso in the cup, and a forced fill function of the boiler after steaming milk. It also has an auto-shutoff if the machine is left on too long.

      The Ascaso DUO Tronic was a poor steam performer because 110 volts had to be shared between the coffee boiler and steam thermoblock. This was not enough power, and this is a reason why we did not yet carry the newest DUO from Ascaso. We have one coming in for testing and evaluation.

    22. Hello, can you tell me if the PL62S-T's drip tray is removable? Also, what is it's capacity? Thanks!
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      Q Hello, can you tell me if the PL62S-T's drip tray is removable? Also, what is it's capacity? Thanks! answer now
      Asked by Jeff on March 4, 2019 4:31 pm
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      Hi,

      The drip tray is removable. The capacity is approximately 45 fl oz.

    24. I bought this machine in November 2018. I've been loving it. For the first few months everyday time I turned the machine on I'd hear a pronounced pump action sound for a few seconds. I assumed this is normal. Then about a week or two ago the sound stopped. Is this something I should be concerned about?
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      Q I bought this machine in November 2018. I've been loving it. For the first few months everyday ti...... Read more answer now
      Asked by mpgramaglia on February 18, 2019 3:22 pm
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      this will vary because it will depend upon the evaporation of the boiler through the vacuum breaker bleeder valve on top of the boiler.

    26. The description of this machine ::: This version of the Mara comes with a built-in PID Sensor. ::: Is the sensor user adjustable and is the pump pressure adjustable by the end user. Thanks so much, Greg
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      Q The description of this machine ::: This version of the Mara comes with a built-in PID Sensor. ::...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Greg Mann on February 7, 2019 10:10 am
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      Hi,

      The temperature is preset by the manufacturer and is not adjustable. The pump pressure is adjustable through the OPV. Please be careful when adjusting as it will not be covererd under warranty if you break it.

    28. Help! My Mara won't turn on! I've had her for just over a month. Has been working fine. Worked fine this morning. This afternoon when I turned her on, the blue light just barely lit for a millisecond then nothing. I've unplugged, replugged, changed electric sockets, all to no avail. The cord looks like new. Please contact me as soon as possible. I can't live very much longer without my new expresso machine. thanks, Stephen Simons
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      Q Help! My Mara won't turn on! I've had her for just over a month. Has been working fine. Worked fi...... Read more answer now
      Asked by stephensimons on January 13, 2019 9:29 pm
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      We are sorry to hear this. Please make sure the tube inside the tank is on the left hand side.

      Also, it is important to get a surge suppressor (single outlet rated 1080 joules or higher) to protect the machine from electrical noise and surges.

      Lastly, unplug the machine in a cold state and remove all the screws on the top panel. Lift off the cover and check for any loose or burnt wires. There is also a safety thermostat on the top of the boiler than can have the middle button pushed in. If it clicks, this means your machine overheated which leads to another cause! Limescale! The water needs to be treated.

    30. I recently purchased this model as an upgrade from a Rancilio Sylvia. There is a lot to like about the Mara, but I do have a question. I typically let the machine warm up from 30-45 minutes in the morning and the same at night. In almost all cases, when I activate lever, I see both steam and water coming from the grouphead. That said, how do I know when to do a cooling flush, and how to I know when to stop?
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      Q I recently purchased this model as an upgrade from a Rancilio Sylvia. There is a lot to like abou...... Read more answer now
      Asked by j_heffner on December 4, 2018 4:10 am
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      On all e61 grouphead heat exchanger machines, they do run a little hot after sitting for 5 minutes.

      Run a cooling flush until you see the steam stop exiting the grouphead and you have only hot water flow.

    32. On my current espresso machine, I find that I have to let the steam wand run for a bit after pulling a shot to allow any water to clear and only steam is coming through. Does the steam wand on the PL62S-T behave the same way?
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      Q On my current espresso machine, I find that I have to let the steam wand run for a bit after pull...... Read more answer now
      Asked by j_heffner on November 10, 2018 3:49 am
      Answered by the admin

      The steaming functionality has nothing to do with the grouphead on the PL62 series espresso machines. The reason is that the PL62 is a heat exchanger machines. It sounds like your current machine is a dual purpsoe single boiler espresso machine.

    34. I'm getting a lot of steam and spitting from the hot water wand. Is this normal? My former machine (Diana) did not do this. Thanks...
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      Q I'm getting a lot of steam and spitting from the hot water wand. Is this normal? My former machin...... Read more answer now
      Asked by randyr5 on October 31, 2018 2:34 pm
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      Yes, this is normal because the hot water comes from the steam boiler. On the Diana, the hot water came only from the coffee boiler.

      A This is normal. HX machines have a large steam boiler and an HX chamber inside the large boiler. The water for water wand is pulled from the main boiler while the HX chamber supplies water for pulling the espresso shot. The water from the water wand is almost boiling hot because it is in the middle of becoming steam. The manual recommends not pulling more than 4 oz of water from the water wand as this would cause a lot of room temperature water to enter the steam boiler. The water wand is actually not that useful if you are thinking of it as a source of hot water. As a side effect of HX chamber being inside the steam boiler, if the machine is kept on for too long, the water in the HX chamber will also become quite hot. That is why it is recommended that you pull a blank shot until you see that water is flowing calmly (no sputtering or hissing).
    36. Is the boiler temp/pressure adjustable?
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      Q Is the boiler temp/pressure adjustable? answer now
      Asked by randyr5 on October 19, 2018 4:44 pm
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      Sorry, it is only adjustable on the other Mara models. This machine has a fixed boiler pressure/temperature.

    38. Do you carry a base with drawers that will fit under the Mara + a grinder?
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      Q Do you carry a base with drawers that will fit under the Mara + a grinder? answer now
      Asked by njbeck on October 16, 2018 3:52 pm
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      Sorry, Lelit currently does not offer a larger knock box/drawers as you prefer. You may ant to look at the other ones we offer from other manufacturers.

    40. I make 2 cups of a coffee a day. Is this machine too much for my use? What is the warm-up time for this machine?
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      Q I make 2 cups of a coffee a day. Is this machine too much for my use? What is the warm-up time fo...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Nakul on September 20, 2018 7:05 am
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      Warm up time ranges from 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending upon actual voltage in the outlet. The Mara is a great little machine if you need steaming or frothing of milk as you do not have to depress another switch to get into steam mode. Basically, you have on demand steam.

      If you are only making straight espresso all the time, then there may be other machines better suitable.

      A The quick answer is that it depends. I also have 2-4 cups per day, and my old La Pavoni Napolitana handled that very well, keeping an espresso-induced smile on my face. It was, however, worth the money, for me, to step up to a machine that would make those 2-4 cups noticeably better. I have no regrets about getting this machine, and in fact think it is an extraordinary deal for what you get. Hope this helps.
    42. Does the use of reverse osmosis plus carbon water filter negate the need for a water softener filter?
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      Q Does the use of reverse osmosis plus carbon water filter negate the need for a water softener fil...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Gregory on August 21, 2018 4:27 pm
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      Please do not use any reverse osmosis, distilled, or purified water in any espresso machine, including a heat exchanger machine, like the Lelit Mara,

      There are a few reasons:

      a) This water will oxidize with the metals and create issues similat to that of limescale, and

      b) the espresso extraction requires minerals to extract the oils for the espresso flavor and crema production, and

      c) the machine may not operate correctly as the machine monitors the water level in the boiler by sending 5 volts of electricity from the refill sensor through the water to the boiler wall. If the water can not pass through the water, it will overfill the boiler and leak inside the machine as well as the countertop until the reservoir is dry.

      One can try a mixture of water (part pure and part tap), but also still use the in tank water softener (optional on some models) to increase protection of limescale.

    44. Given that this is an HX machine, I expected to need to do a cooling flush prior to extraction. However, when I do the cooling flush I do not see or hear the expected sound/steam... Am I doing something wrong?
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      Q Given that this is an HX machine, I expected to need to do a cooling flush prior to extraction. H...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ramon on July 19, 2018 11:01 am
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      This really depends upon externally factors, such as usage, sitting time, heating cycle, ambient temperature, and actual voltage in outlet.

      In some cases, there may be some overheating that requires a cooling flush (machine idle for too long or in hot weather). In other cases, a flush may not be needed. In some cases, it may need a heating flush (using machine outdoors in cold weather).

    46. Do you offer the the flowerlike black knobs that are on the other Mara models for the PL62S-T? I’m not interested in the wooden kits.
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      Q Do you offer the the flowerlike black knobs that are on the other Mara models for the PL62S-T? I’...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Richard on July 17, 2018 6:17 pm
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      Yes, we have them in stock behind the scenes. Please look at the diagrams for the Mara to see the part numbers needed. We will have them set up on our online store in the next week.

    48. Just purchased this machine and I'm looking for best practices in cleaning/maintenance/preventative measures. What must I do daily/weekly/monthly in order to keep the machine going (1-2 cups of espresso/latte per day)? Also, as far as preventative measures. I hear that water softening is preferred over descaling. How do I go about doing that? What softener will fit in tank? Will I still need to descale at some point? What are the tools that I will need in order to properly maintain this machine?
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      Q Just purchased this machine and I'm looking for best practices in cleaning/maintenance/preventati...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ramon Correa on July 14, 2018 2:20 pm
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      Thank you for your purchase, and more importantly, your interest in maintaining your machine. Every 6-12 months, please change the portafilter basket, grouphead gasket and dispersion screen.

      After market: Basket 1 Cup and 2 Cup, Gasket F15, and Screen F277
      OEM: 1 Cup and 2 Cup Baskets, Portafilter Gasket, and Dispersion Screen

      Competition: Competition Basket and Competition Screen

      As for softening water, please utilize the V725 and recharge every 24 liters or minimum 2x per month.

      Descaling should only be performed if asked by regarding an issue with the machine.

    50. I just received my PL62S-T, and it seems to be working well, but the boiler pressure idles at around 0.8 bar, maybe a bit higher, when the machine is fully warmed-up, which is lower than I expected it to be. Is this a normal reading for the boiler pressure? My concern is that shot-to-shot recovery time and steaming performance will suffer.
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      Q I just received my PL62S-T, and it seems to be working well, but the boiler pressure idles at aro...... Read more answer now
      Asked by David Ottman on June 27, 2018 1:23 am
      A Mine is between 1.2 and 1.4 so I think that reading is a bit low. Not sure if it is the pressure gauge or the set point though. I would contact the tech support here.
      A Mine idles around the same as yours, and it has had no consequences for recovery time when I've pulled multiple shots. I'd experiment a bit, and see if you notice a drop-off in the quality of later shots, or increasing recovery time. Of course, then you'll have to drink the shots, but such are the sacrifices we make.
    52. I am considering buying a Lelit Espresso machine, in particular, the Mara 62S-T. I was told that it is best to use a water softener filter to prevent the build up of lime scale, and that prevention is better than using a descaling product to remove build up if a softener is not used. If I do not want to leave water in my tank after use, and I remove any residual water from the tank, how fast will the filter dry out, and if the filter dries out will it be effective the next time it is submerges when water is added to the tank? In other words, once the filter is placed in the tank do you have to keep the filter wet all the time and prevent it from drying out? If you have to prevent the filter from drying out, and I do not want to leave water in the tank after the machine is used, what would be the best way of keeping the filter wet? Thanks.
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      Q I am considering buying a Lelit Espresso machine, in particular, the Mara 62S-T. I was told that...... Read more answer now
      Asked by hcjeanette on April 24, 2018 4:14 pm
      A

      Thanks for your question. 

      It's true that a water softener will be the most effective method of preventing limescale from building up in your machine. The water softener, wet or dry, is good for one year. It shouldn't dry out after one night of being out of water, it can be left in the tank if you plan to change the water daily. It would probably take up to two weeks for the water softener to dry out; and even if it does, it can be recharged and used again. 

      That being said, while changing the water daily in your machine is proactive, it isn't absolutely necessary. Water can be left in the reservoir for 3-4 days before needing to be changed. The tank should be washed with non-abrasive dish detergent every two weeks or so. Hope this helps.

    54. Is the Lelit portafilter spout removable?
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      Q Is the Lelit portafilter spout removable? answer now
      Asked by Tonefish on April 20, 2018 9:15 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Yes, it is. However, in some cases if not careful enough, it can get damaged.

    56. In the User Manual under cleaning it says "NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ADD ANY DESCALING PRODUCTS TO THE WATER TANK." Does this mean you can't descale this machine or is it implying that you must mix the descaling solution in a separate container instead of adding the powder to the water reservoir?
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      Q In the User Manual under cleaning it says "NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ADD ANY DESCALING PRO...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Jim Calderone on April 15, 2018 1:59 am
      Answered by the admin

      First, we prefer that customers utilize preventive measures to prevent limescale by using a water softener. One reason is descaling can eat at the metals, the metal's finish, any in-tank filter/softener, and the gaskets inside the machine. This is why limescale prevention is better.

      Second, in some cases, the machine will need a descaling. It is best to not pour in the descaler into the reservoir. Mix it with water outside of the reservoir.

      Most importantly, if there is a water softener attached to the intake hose, please remove it before adding the descaling solution to the reservoir.

    58. How do you adjust the switch when the lever will not allow preinfusion flow through the group before the pump turns on?
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      Q How do you adjust the switch when the lever will not allow preinfusion flow through the group bef...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Jim Calderone on April 12, 2018 5:37 pm
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      First, the heat exchange system has to have water. If idle, a vacuum can be created in the system. A preflush needs to fill it up. Also, if the grind is too fine, this can stop the preinfusion.

      The previously mentioned 4 bar pressure is the system pressure built up inside the HX with steam in the HX. If water escaped through the OPV or evaporated, the active pre-infusion with the lever may not work.

      First step, remove water softener (if unit has one in tank) and run a good descaler through the grouphead as there is a small possibility that the gicleur got clogged with contaminants or dried water from manufacturer's testing.

      Second step, if descaling does not work, unplug the machine from the outlet and the body panel panel will need to be removed (T15 screws on top) and 2 on each side, and 5 Philips screws on bottom holding body panel. The nut on the switch needs to be loosened counterclockwise with with a 14mm open end crescent wrench lightly touch to start to avoid scratching. Loosen nut out by hand, but do not remove nut, then push switch inwards. With a finger or flathead screwdriver, turn the internal nut clockwise 2-3 rotations. Pull switch outwards, then hand tighten outside nut and tighten 1/8th turn with 144mm wrench.

      Being very careful and not sticking anything inside machine, test. Adjust as necessary. Once done, unplug machine and assemble body panel. We have a private video we can share going over the second step.

    60. How do you do the Mara preinfusion flow as shown in the YouTube videos? Mine will not flow until the group lever is turned far enough that the pump turns on. In both the PL62S and PL62T 1st-line videos, flow is demonstrated for preinfusion before the pump starts.
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      Q How do you do the Mara preinfusion flow as shown in the YouTube videos? Mine will not flow until ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Jim Calderone on April 9, 2018 3:37 pm
      Answered by the admin

      There is a certain sweet spot where the lever is near the 45 degree angle where by it does not touch the pump switch. In rare cases, sometimes the switch has to be brought into the frame by one or two threads.

      A I have found that if you move the lever to it's first position, you get about 4 bars of pressure. If you lift it gently a couple of millimeters (1/8 of an inch), you get 10-15 seconds of infusion without engaging the pump. Then, move the lever up to engage the pump and draw your espresso. So far, the results have been excellent.
      A I must be one of the rare ones who must have to adjust the switch before this will work. No matter how slowly I raise the lever it will not allow flow into the group before the pump starts running. Standby for a new question on that.
      A My understanding is that pre-infusion occurs as a NORMAL part of the process when the group lever is in the fully turned position; it is NOT something the operator does by using the midway position. You can actually tell that something like this must be going on by observing the pressure dial: for the first 8-10 seconds, the dial is at about 4 bar, and then for the remaining 20 seconds (during which coffee is actually flowing out of the portafilter), it is at 9 bar. During those first 8-10 seconds, pre-infusion is actually occurring. This is also confirmed by studying the E61 group design (there is a separate chamber that is mechanically activated during the first phase that facilitates pre-infusion, and then is deactivated for the remainder of the time). As far as what the mid-position of the lever is used for, that is a mystery to me. It seems to allow water to come out of the group, but without any pressure. I actually use this to clean the filter, in the following way. After pulling a shot, to clean the group filter of grounds that are stuck on it, I put the lever on mid-position, which allows some water to flow, and I then use a brush (the Pallo) to remove the grounds. The slight flow of water helps a lot. But that's just how I use it, and not necessarily what the mid-position was designed for. If there is a designed/prescribed use, I'd certainly be interested in knowing what it is.
    62. What is the proper procedure to remove the shower screen for cleaning?
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      Q What is the proper procedure to remove the shower screen for cleaning? answer now
      Asked by Jim on March 28, 2018 9:07 pm
      Answered by the admin

      We do not recommend removing the dispersion screen as there is a change that it will be damaged. We recommend backflushing for cleaning.

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