Lelit PL62T Mara Espresso Machine with PID Display

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Lelit PL62T Mara Espresso Machine
with PID Display, Heat Exchanger, Tank Only and Vibration Pump

Overview:

A huge legend in a small body. The Lelit PL62T Mara is placed at the prestigious end of many home espresso machines. The legendary E61 grouphead inside an incredibly compact, full stainless steel body with a PID adjustable temperature controller of the boiler. The result: a marvelous, appealing and super compact espresso machine enabling to apply baristas golden rules and extract the tastiest espressos and cappuccinos you can dream of.

Heat exchange system:
  • Copper, insulation – The boiler is copper which retains heat better than stainless steel. Typically copper boilers are more susceptible to limescale when you compare to stainless steel boilers. Therefore, we highly recommend using a water softener. The manufacturer wraps the boiler with insulation for maximum heat retention. Internal pipes also in copper.
  • Pull a shot & steam milk at the same time – Steam is always readily available. Hence, there is no wait time going from coffee to steam mode. Works well if entertaining a small group of people.
  • Thermo-siphon double-cycle system – Keeps the brew group and the boiler always hot, at the right temperature.
  • Polymer tubing connection – From the boiler to steam and hot water valves: Alimentary. Able to withstand high pressure and high temperatures up to 620 °F. Facilitates easier repairs. Most importantly, is limescale free.
  • Manual resettable safety thermostat – Located on top of the boiler.
E-61 grouphead:
  • Constantly heated – Hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead and your portafilter nice and hot. As a result the grouphead temperature constant and stable when you compare to other groupheads that have a built-in heating element.
  • Pre-infusion – Lever next to the grouphead activates a microswitch which turns on the pump to pump water through the coffee grinds. Pulling the lever halfway up will open the valve to allow water into the grouphead without activating the pump. Please note that true pre-infusion requires the direct water connection whereby the water pressure from the water line creates the true pre-infusion.
Vibratory pump:
  • Efficient – 41 watts, rated up to 15 bar with air valve bypass. You only need 9 bar to extract perfect espresso, and wattage has no correlation to longevity.
  • Cost-effective – Pumps will degrade in performance over time. Replacing a vibration pump will cost less than a rotary vane pump.
Tank / reservoir system:
  • Particle filter – Protects the machine from any unseen particles from entering the boiler. You can remove this filter if you are installing an inline water softener.
  • Auto-shutoff – Prevents burning out the heating element. There is a two-stage shut off. There is a magnetic float in the water tank that detects when the water is low. The other is the spring-activated plate underneath the water tank that detects when the tank is removed.
Separate steam / hot water wands:
  • Multi-directional – Allows for more movement and flexibility. The wands connect to the valves on an angle to the side for even more flexibility. As a result, there is less risk of burning oneself from the exposed grouphead.
  • No burn – Reduces the risk of burning your fingers. Please note the tip and valve connection are still hot.
  • 2-hole steam tip – Allows for a slow gradual build-up of microfoam.
  • Rotational knobs – Allows for easier control of the intensity.
Dual pressure gauge:
  • Steam (boiler) pressure gauge – Top half. Measures from 0 to 4 bar. Optimal pressure is between 0.8 and 1.1.
  • Brew (pump) pressure gauge – Bottom half. Measures from 0 to 16 bar. Optimal pressure is between 8 and 10.
Indicator lights & tone:
  • Heating light – Located on the right side. Indicates when the heating element is active.
  • Power indicator light – Located on the left side. This will indicate when the machine is on.
  • Low water – When the water in the tank is low, you will hear a constant beep.
PID Controls:
  • Temperature programming – Allows you to program the boiler temperature for different coffee blends.
Construction:
  • Stainless steel – Polished to a mirror finish.
  • Extremely low feet – Creates a very low profile to fit under most kitchen cabinets.
  • Power plug – Completely detaches from the espresso machine and can fit into the drip tray for long term storage.
Accessories included:
  • Portafilters – 1 single spout portafilter. 1 dual spout portafilter. 58 mm in diameter.
  • Filter baskets – 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Blind filter basket which you use for backflushing. 58 mm in diameter.
  • Tamper – A solid 58 mm tamper. Manufacturers normally don’t include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. One less accessory you will need to buy.
  • Coffee scoop – A simple plastic scoop if you are using preground coffee.
  • Instruction manual.

If you are looking for a similar heat exchange espresso machine with a PID sensor in the boiler, then check out the Lelit PL62 Mara!


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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

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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      FURTHER UPDATE re: water pump and overflow issue. After the last incident that I reported (where pump ran continuously and caused water overflow), after turning off machine and letting it cool down, I removed the top cover, turned on the machine and watched. This time, the pump didn’t start, but water started coming out if relief valve at top of boiler. I removed several ounces of water through the hot water spout, but the pump didn’t start. However, water and steam continued to be released from the top of the boiler. Please review this and prior posts by me and advise.
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      Q FURTHER UPDATE re: water pump and overflow issue. After the last incident that I reported (where ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Arthur Linker on March 16, 2021 5:24 pm
      Answered by the admin Again, it can be the sensor or the refill valve or both.
    2. Lelit Mara PL62T URGENT!! Water Pump Issue - New Development after this morning’s posted question. Please see my earlier post today.p, where I spoke about the pump not activating immediately after water withdrawn from the boiler, and asked whether it could be tge water sensor. (For some reason, I am not seeing that posted here, I don’t know why.) NOW, on again turning on the machine, the water pump began to pump continuously, leading to a water overflow. Please advise, and make sure that I am notified by email at xxxxxxx.
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      Q Lelit Mara PL62T URGENT!! Water Pump Issue - New Development after this morning’s posted question...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Arthur Linker on March 16, 2021 5:02 pm
      Answered by the admin These posts are public. Please do not post email addresses in the topic. Again, it can be the sensor or the refill valve is clogged. Remove the water softener and fill the reservoir with white vinegar. Keeping machine cold at all times, run 2 cups through grouphead every hour. In between, power off to avoid element damage. AFter a full reservoir full of white vinegar, test machine for 30 seconds to see if it refills the boiler. Otherwise, it may need to come in.
    4. Problem with water fill. Previously, on most occasions when turning on the machine, the water pump would activate for a few seconds, presumably to top off the boiler water level. For the last 10 days, this doesn’t happen. Instead, after the machine has warned up, the pump suddenly activates and pumps for about 15 seconds, as though the machine belatedly has detected that thecwater level is too low. Also, when drawing water from the hot water spout, there is delayed start of the pump to replace the withdrawn water. Is there a problem with the water level sensor? Is it possibly fouled by mineral deposit? If so, should I descale the boiler? If the sensor needs to be replaced, can I do it myself without bringing the machine back to you for repairs? Note: machine is 3+ years old. You replaced the water sensor because of deposits 2 times previously. I currently am softening the water, first by using the Bilt device in a water pitcher kept in the refrigerator, and then by also using the Lelit cartridge in the water tank (as suggested by Jim).
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      Q Problem with water fill. Previously, on most occasions when turning on the machine, the water pum...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Arthur Linker on March 16, 2021 12:43 pm
      Answered by the admin Base don the history, the sensor is probably fouled again, or the refill valve is clogged. You can bring it in or try the repair yourself.
    6. What's the difference between the PL62T and the PL62X?
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      Q What's the difference between the PL62T and the PL62X? answer now
      Asked by Bob on November 10, 2020 6:55 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Here are the differences:

      Construction - Stainless Steel

      Body style, including drip tray, body, top cup warmer grill are different.

      Water Reservoir

      PL62T - pull from hoses above the reservoir

      PL62X - bottom gravity feed

      Pump

      PL62T - standard vibration pump

      PL62X - vibration pump that is about 10% quieter

      PID Sensor Positioning

      PL62T - One PID sensor on top of the boiler only

      PL62X - One PID sensor on top of the boiler to manage steam, and the 2nd PID sensor on the bottom of the thermosyphon loop to manage the temperature of water in the heat exchanger for grouphead. IN X mode, priority temp is given to the coffee side for temperature stability. In non-X mode, priority given to the steam side with very little priority for water temperature stability at grouphead

      Temperature Programming

      PL62T has a PID display to program the desired temperature of the boiler

      PL62X has a 3 position switch to program 90-92, 92-94, and 94-96 d °C

      Usage - Espresso

      PL62T does require a cooling flush but then can do back to back espresso shots

      PL62X In X mode (switch on right-hand side pushed up), the optimal programmed temperature is achieved at the 24-30 minute mark after start up. At 30-60 minutes after start-up, there is a little over temp. After 60 minutes it settles to the desired temp. However, after pulling the first shot, the temperature increases by 1 degree C over-programmed temp for the second shot. 3rd and more shots continually to increase in temp. Hence, X mode is not good for entertaining, but then the switch on the right side is pushed down for regular heat exchanger mode.

      Usage - Steam

      PL62T -Standard like other heat exchangers

      PL62X - In X mode, during the first extraction, the heating element turns on to prepare for steaming/frothing milk.

    8. Hi two issues today. The gasket i believe needs to be replaced because when i brew espresso now it leaks all over and goes up the handle. Also, the PID i think is not very accurate as a lot of times the espresso is not that hot. SHould i ncreate the PID from default setting then? Lastly the rubber that connects to the water softener i think needs replaced since it doesnt attach to water softener anymore. Thanks
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      Q Hi two issues today. The gasket i believe needs to be replaced because when i brew espresso now i...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Eric H on November 2, 2020 10:06 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please go the diagrams on our web site and search the part code on our web site for the grouphead gasket. We are unsure what you mean by rubber mounts as the water softener connects to the hose.

      If the espresso is not hot, this means your grouphead is not properly heated at start up or your preparation needs to be improved. The PID does reflect the temperature in the boiler AND does not reflect the temperature of the grouphead.

    10. By the way, I have one technical question for the Lelit PL62T. What I have noticed a few times (not everyday) when I turn on the machine in the morning, the Lelit PID would show temp as high as 131 and steam pressure above 2 bar... this is after about 20 minutes. If I don't do anything... after another 20 minutes (total 40min heating time) it will eventually drop back down to the preset 120 and pretty much stays constant at 120/121. If I purge the steam and flush the group head when it is around 130, it would drop back down to 120/121 and stay there. Do you think there is air in the boiler which could cause that? The Lelit water tank has always been full and has not run empty. I do have the Lelit softener connected. I appreciate any suggestion from you. I just want to make sure the machine is ok and I am not doing anything wrong as this is my first HX machine and so far it's been awesome
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      Q By the way, I have one technical question for the Lelit PL62T. What I have noticed a few times (n...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Simon on October 30, 2020 7:23 pm
      A I have had my Lelit Mara PL62T for just over a year and a half, and mine has done the same thing. I was never able to find any information about it, but I have just let my machine do its thing, and I haven’t experienced any issues as of yet. It started doing this within the first couple of months, irregularly, and like you, it was never allowed to run dry. I used to purge the steam and run water through the grouphead, but that was water wasteful and annoying - it’s not like I stand staring at my machine. I’ve learned that my machine will auto kick the pump on when it gets too hot in order to cycle water through the system, and I can also hear the safety steam release valve letting out some of the pressure under the hood. I opened the top up before to check inside the casing since I was concerned that perhaps there was a faulty part or that the safety valve releasing steam pressure on a semi-regular basis was potentially damaging. But under the hood was pristine, and I could not see any issues with the connections inside (grain of salt with this, as I am not a pro!). If you find anything on this, let us know! For myself and my machine, a year and a half in, and this has not seemed to impact the performance of my PL62T. I hope this is somewhat helpful, even if I can’t really give an answer to the cause. This is also my first hx machine, previously I’ve only owned single boiler semi-automatics, and passing experience with manual lever machines.
      A Working with Lelit and 1st-line, I think the issue is finally resolved. Jim was very helpful in providing instruction on how to fix the issue. The temperature probe (Editor's correction: HEREIN REFILL PROBE) was the cause of the issue. To see if it was indeed the temperature (REFILL) probe, I had to remove the top cover and the back cover of the Lelit. Unplug the plastic water line to the hot water valve and remove the fitting from the boiler. This will give you access to put a wrench on the temperature probe. Carefully remove the temperature probe from the boiler. The temperature probe looked oxidized and was in a grayish color. I used 1500 grit sand paper to remove the oxidation until it is a nice shiny silver color (I am not sure if this is the Lelit recommended procedure though). I then put everything back together and made sure there was no leak. Now, the temperature is stable at 120-121 with steam pressure steady between 1 and 1.25 bar mark. I am not sure how long this will last and why the probe was oxidized, but now the machine is as good as new. Temperature and steam pressure is spot on. Before, the temp would wildly fluctuate between 95 to 135. A few times, the safety steam release valve was triggered because the steam pressure on the gauge went as high as 3 bar. After around 20 minutes of heating on initial power on, The steam pressure would go up to around 2.5 bar. When I purge the grouphead, it would take as much as 20 seconds to let all the steam out and get the steam pressure back down to under 1.5 bar. After that, the machine would stay somewhat in the 120 to 121 temperature range. I emailed Lelit and they indeed said that is not normal. I attempted this yesterday and have powered it on from cold every few hours for 3 times to check and it's be good. Hopefully this helps another Lelit owner out there. I am so glad my machine is fixed... for how long it will be good... that I don't know.
      A The suggested fix by Jim worked perfectly for us. We the same problem and the buildup on the temp sensor seems to be to blame. Fix was easy and took < 30 minutes.
    12. Hi, I purchased the non PID version of the Lelit Mara last year. The water intake hose with the water softener split and now the water softener won't go back in the hose. Is the hose difficult to replace? Can I get the hose from you?
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      Q Hi, I purchased the non PID version of the Lelit Mara last year. The water intake hose with the w...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Matthew on October 26, 2020 4:31 pm
      Answered by the admin

      If the slit is small, just trim the hose a little.

    14. I have a lelit, Mara T PL62T How can I determine the actual coffee temperature I will be brewing? The PID display shows steam temp. Is there a chart or key that will say if the steam temp is X your coffee will be X?
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      Q I have a lelit, Mara T PL62T How can I determine the actual coffee temperature I will be brewing?...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Matt on September 17, 2020 5:14 pm
      Answered by the admin

      It is best to get a grouphead thermometer as every machines rate of heat loss at the grouphead is different.

    16. Purchased a refurbished PL62T When pulling shots, the machine often tries to refill the boiler and drops the pressure to about 4bar from the desired 9bar. The way to remedy this has been to draw some hot water from the hot water wand (~2oz) just before pulling each shot. This has been working most of the time. This has been going on for over two months. Today the machine has been tripping my ground fault breaker in my kitchen. I verified that the problem was with the espresso machine. I pulled the cover off of the machine to see if anything looked damaged or burned or shorted but everything looked fine. I wiggled all of the wires at their connectors to see if something was loose or perhaps burned. It seemed like all of the connections were OK. I turned on the machine with the cover off starting with it about room temp. When the machine got to about 200F, a couple of tablespoons of water came out of the relief valve (small stainless plunger - not sure what it is called) on the top of the boiler and soaked the top of the boiler. This water then started to boil and seemed to soak all of the connectors at the top of the boiler. It quickly boiled away. There was not enough water to fully drip down the side of the insulation on the boiler and reach the counter - but close to it. I then pulled two shots, cycled the machine power, pulled another shot, and could not get the ground fault breaker to trip again. An hour later I tried again and everything still worked OK. I wonder if the problem could have been loose or corroded wiring? Is the water release at the top of the boiler during the heating cycle normal? Any thoughts on trying to prevent future problems?
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      Q Purchased a refurbished PL62T When pulling shots, the machine often tries to refill the boiler an...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Scott on September 16, 2020 4:45 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please read our article on GFIC.

      If you are using pure water, the boiler may be overfilling, and there is extra spritzing at the vacuum valve. We have another article for this. This is probably why the brew pressure drops when extracting. Otherwise, it can be limescale that causes the same problem.

    18. I bought this machine from 1st line several years ago, When I got it, it was leaking when filling tank near solenoid valve assembly You sent me a new assembly and I returned the old one. To be honest I installed it but a month later it the boiler temps where getting to hot and it showed some error message. I stored it away to fix later but I never got to it. Now I looking at it again and the problem is now that the boiler doesn't fill with water. The water fill probe is correct as when I take it out and put it against the chassis the pump stops. The pump works also but what I noticed is that the water is cycled back to the return line back to the reservoir. It occurred to me that since during the month it worked I did not use the steamer much. So maybe the boiler wasn't working after I replaced solenoid assembly, and it worked because boiler was still full. Anyway is my diagnose of soleniod assembly issue correct? lf so its possible I did miswire? Is there a way to narrow it down to a specific solenoid valve?
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      Q I bought this machine from 1st line several years ago, When I got it, it was leaking when filling...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Eric on September 14, 2020 4:22 pm
      Answered by the admin

      The solenoid valve has dried water or limescale that is not allowing water to pass to refill the boiler. This is confirmed by water returning to the reservoir when the machine is powered on. We suggest removing the water softener, running a descaler through the machine for 2 minutes, power down for 20 minutes, let sit for 20 minutes, run more descaler for 2 minutes, power down for 20 minutes. Repeat until you hear the machine refill the boiler and ery little solution is being released from the return hose.

      Please note that keeping your machine powered on without the boiler refilling can damage the heating element.

    20. Does the Lelit PL62T Mara boiler automatically refill or manually refill?
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      Q Does the Lelit PL62T Mara boiler automatically refill or manually refill? answer now
      Asked by Freeman on August 14, 2020 10:01 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Yes, it has auto boiler refill circuitry.

    22. can use filter basket 18-22gms for Lelit Mara 62t
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      Q can use filter basket 18-22gms for Lelit Mara 62t answer now
      Asked by Jose on August 11, 2020 4:14 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Yes, but we can not guarantee every aftermarket basket will fit.

    24. Hi, I'm interested in Limit Mara, and I plan to buy Lelit PLA2200 Wood Steam/Hot Water Knob as well ( unfortunately it was sold out); Can you recommend on Walnut Portafilter Handle matching PLA2200 wood steam?
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      Q Hi, I'm interested in Limit Mara, and I plan to buy Lelit PLA2200 Wood Steam/Hot Water Knob as we...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ben on July 31, 2020 3:34 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, we do not have any alternatives at this time.

    26. Hello! I have a Lelit Mara purchased from your site a little less than a year ago. I was interested in purchasing a bottomless portafilter, but I wasn't sure which one would fit. Can you recommend one?
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      Q Hello! I have a Lelit Mara purchased from your site a little less than a year ago. I was interest...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Sarah on July 13, 2020 3:02 pm
      Answered by the admin

      A 58mm bottomless for E61 groupheads should fit: 1st-line's version 50890, Lelit's version.

    28. What is the expected steam pressure range for steaming? My pressure dropped quickly and is this normal? It takes me 30s or so to steam 6.7 oz whole milk. What pressure I am looking for before steaming, steaming 30s, or longer (i.e. 1 min)? Thank you!
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      Q What is the expected steam pressure range for steaming? My pressure dropped quickly and is this n...... Read more answer now
      Asked by junexh on May 29, 2020 3:38 pm
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      The steam pressure range on the gauge is normal between 0.8 and 1.2 and it depends upon what the PID is set to. The needle will fluctuate while the boiler cools and reheats.

      Every customer's outlet has different voltages, and this can impact the performance of the machine. Try to start steaming milk when the needle is higher on the gauge. It also depends upon the temperature of the milk and frothing technique.

      Lastly, bleed the steam wand of water built up before steaming milk.

    30. Does the grouphead of this machine substantially different from that of VBM?
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      Q Does the grouphead of this machine substantially different from that of VBM? answer now
      Asked by Zaza on May 7, 2020 3:02 pm
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      Yes, the grouphead is noticeably different.

    32. Intermittent low water alarm beeping. Rapping the left side of the machine’s cabinet stops it. Could it be a defective magnetic reed switch? Also, the switch or sensor (below the water tank at the left side) is somewhat loose. Should I open up the machine from the bottom and try to tighten what I am guessing is a lock nut? Could this have any relevance to the intermittent beeping of the audible alarm?
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      Q Intermittent low water alarm beeping. Rapping the left side of the machine’s cabinet stops it. Co...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Arthur Linker on April 30, 2020 4:26 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please read.

    34. The power switch on my Lelit Mara PL 62T purchased on Feb 2 2020 (order #60210) has become intermittent. Occasionally the switch does does return outward when depressed - it gets stuck in with the power on. After a few tries I have so far been able to get it to come out. It has never felt smooth even when I first purchased the machine. Otherwise it has been a fantastic machine. Would it be possible to get a switch replacement sent to me? I am handy and would likely be able to perform the replacement myself.
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      Q The power switch on my Lelit Mara PL 62T purchased on Feb 2 2020 (order #60210) has become interm...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Scott on April 17, 2020 3:53 pm
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      We are sorry to hear this. It may not be the switch itself, but the supporting bracket behind the switch. Please unplug the cord fromt he elctrical outlet. Allow the machine to cool down. Remove the reservoir, then the top panel screws and the lower body panel screws (5 of them). Slide the body panel off towards the back. please check the brack behind the switch and re-attach. If ok, please email us directly with a picture of the inside.

    36. Bought the machine from 1st line for about 3 yrs now. So far so good. Only issue is brew temp at grouphead (Eric's digital temp probe) usually higher than 205F quickly (~1 min) after 12 oz flush. Is there anyway to make it lower and closer to 200F instead of repeated flushing?
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      Q Bought the machine from 1st line for about 3 yrs now. So far so good. Only issue is brew temp at ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Kelvin on January 6, 2020 5:47 am
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      The pressurstat should be brought down so the steam boiler pressure gauge reads 0.9 maximum. Limescale also can make it worse as the water can not flow as good through the system.

    38. Hello, Does this PL61T PID use a switch for the power on and off, or is it electronic? The reason I ask is that I would like to use a smart plug to be able to schedule it to turn on before I wake up in the morning.
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      Q Hello, Does this PL61T PID use a switch for the power on and off, or is it electronic? The rea...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Chad on December 13, 2019 12:24 pm
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      Yes, this machine uses a hard switch so a smart plug can be used.

    40. My machine is broken and I need to replace the breaker valve (Lelit Bleedervacuum Breaker Valve). I saw this was not on stock. Is there another valve I can use on the lelit? If not, when do you expect to have this on stock? If it takes a while I can order it in Europe as well but don't prefer that.
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      Q My machine is broken and I need to replace the breaker valve (Lelit Bleedervacuum Breaker Valve)....... Read more answer now
      Asked by Vincent Hamersma on October 3, 2019 5:08 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Thank you for your inquiry and patience. This vacuum/bleeder valve is compatible on the Mara produced before this answer date.

    42. Is the boiler copper or brass? Thanks.
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      Q Is the boiler copper or brass? Thanks. answer now
      Asked by Bob Gassie on August 8, 2019 9:25 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Copper with brass fittings.

    44. In Dec 2017, I purchased the Lelit PL62T Mara, and it has been great, producing wonderful espresso. Lately, it has developed the following issue: after the machine has been on for a few hours, the pump goes on for a few seconds, and does so every few minutes (so it does it periodically: pump on a few sec, pump quiet for a minute or two, pump on a few sec, pump quiet for a minute or two, ...). Prior to this, the machine would be quiet except for maybe every 30-60 min, the pump would go on. So, something has changed. It has not affected the quality of the espresso, and when I actually use the machine, it goes to 9 bar when drawing espresso. It's just during the quiescent period that the pump goes on/off more frequently. Any advice?
    45. 0 votes
      Q In Dec 2017, I purchased the Lelit PL62T Mara, and it has been great, producing wonderful espress...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joe Pasquale on August 1, 2019 5:08 pm
      Answered by the admin There can be a few issues here, just like any other heat exchanger espresso machines. First, the boiler refill valve may have limescale. Limescale is from hard water. The machine may need a descaling and a water treatment plan is needed. Second, the water may have changed and is too pure. Add a pinch of salt into the water reservoir and after several refills, see if the problem is corrected. Third, there may be a loose wire inside making a partial connection. Fourth, worse case scenario and least likely, the brain unit is failing. This is not typical on this model at an early age. However, if there was a surge in the electricity, this could be a cause.
      A Thanks for the answer. Here is more detail, in case it helps: on your points (1) and (2) regarding water hardness/softness, I use bottled water, Crystal Geyser, which has a mineral content of 90 mg/ml (36mg sulfate, 27mg calcium, 13mg sodium, 6mg magnesium, 6mg chloride, 2mg potassium), and I use the Lelit in-tank water softener; on point (3), if there were a loose wire, wouldn't the problem then not be sensitive to the time in which the machine is on (the problem only occurs after many hours of the machine being on continuously - in fact, if I turn it off and give it a half-hour rest, the problem does not reappear until again it's been on many hours); on (4) same thing, if the brain were failing, why would it be sensitive to total time on (though I could see this happening if the electronics were getting overheated). I've seen a post on another espresso machine forum saying that a similar problem happened and it was due to the pump starting to fail - they replaced the pump, and the problem went away: https://www.home-barista.com/repairs/lelit-pl62t-pump-on-its-way-out-t49829.html Would you give any credence to this?
      Answered by the admin

      Please note that we normally do not allow external links to other web sites as we are not responsible for any information that is there or changes without our knowledge.

      It could be the pump, but unlikely. It could also be the boiler refill solenoid valve allowing water to backtrack to the pump, OPV, or air release valve. The heat issue indicates a faulty brain unit. However, we could be wrong as the only way to test it is replace it.

       

    46. Which espresso machine is considered higher quality or better the Lelit PL62T Mara PID HX Espresso Machine or the Lelit PL92T Elizabeth PID Dual Boiler Espresso Machine? I realize one is heat exchange and one is dual boiler and that typically dual boiler is considered better. Also how does the PID work on the heat exchange, I thought PID's don't give accurate coffee temps on heat exchange?
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      Q Which espresso machine is considered higher quality or better the Lelit PL62T Mara PID HX Espress...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Paul on July 15, 2019 3:25 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Lelit produces high quality espresso machines. The machines are designed based more on a client's usage. If more steam power is needed or desired for lots of milk, then the Mara is more desirable because the steam boiler is larger in capacity and power. The efficiency of one heating element to heat allows quicker recovery of heat in the steam boiler. The PID controller is on the boiler, and this has an indirect temperature control of the water in the grouphead and coffee extraction. Hence, since this less controlled, the espresso would, in theory, not come out as good a double boiler machine. However, if steaming/frothing a lot of milk, the milk will dilute the espresso.

      In the Elizabeth espresso machine, there are two boilers - one coffee boiler for espresso/hot water and one for the steam boiler. The electricity goes to one boiler then the other, alternating between the two, to heat each boiler. 110 volts is not enough to heat both boilers at the same time. Hence, if steaming/frothing a lot of milk, one can run out of steam if making multiple espresso extractions at the same time. The reason is that the espresso boiler usually has priority. However, if making more espresso extractions is desired, the espresso will come out better.

      We hope this information helps.

    48. I need a replacement grouphead gasket for this machine (Lelit Mara), and I see that the Faema 8mm gasket is suggested (the original Lelit part is MC930-2, according to the parts diagram). However, I measured the original gasket that came with the Lelit Mara, and it is almost 9mm thick (about 8.8mm to be precise). In fact, if I replace the original gasket with a new one that is 8mm thick, the portafilter swings beyond the "zero point", confirming that 8mm is not thick enough. And so, doesn't this mean that the Faema 8mm is not the right replacement gasket?
    49. 0 votes
      Q I need a replacement grouphead gasket for this machine (Lelit Mara), and I see that the Faema 8mm...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joe Pasquale on July 10, 2019 10:06 am
      Answered by the admin

      Other customers have been successful with the 8mm portafilter gasket for the Lelit Mara espresso machine line. However, if you feel more comfortable with a thicker gasket, we do sell an 8.5mm portafilter gasket.

    50. Right now have a VBM double boiler and a Mara PID HX. I usually don't leave the steam boiler on, just the brew boiler, which is lower in temperature. I have had no scaling problems whatsoever. With the HX, will the water be hotter in one of the chambers? I wonder if I have to worry about scaling because of that. I don't want to use water softener. I use filtered water. Thank you!
    51. 0 votes
      Q Right now have a VBM double boiler and a Mara PID HX. I usually don't leave the steam boiler on, ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Stephen Griffin on June 11, 2019 4:04 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Filtered water is not softened water. From the sound of it, you should be ok. However, we suggest using the Lelit softener MC747.

    52. What products are are approved for back flushing in this machine ?
    53. 0 votes
      Q What products are are approved for back flushing in this machine ? answer now
      Asked by Martin Navarrete on June 6, 2019 11:07 pm
      Answered by the admin

      All backflush detergents on our web site are approved for the Lelit Mara espresso machines. However, we do not recommend descaling due to degrading or orings and metals.

    54. Bought machine from you. beeping contantly despite full tank. tried re arranging without success
    55. 0 votes
      Q Bought machine from you. beeping contantly despite full tank. tried re arranging without success answer now
      Asked by Henry Markman on May 21, 2019 4:26 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Please shut off machine to reset.

      Magnetic float tube needs to be on left side.Take out reservoir from machine, empty and make sure the magnetic float moves within the inner tube. Sometimes, limescale can make it get stuck. Fill reservoir 3/4 and put tank up to the light to see if the float moved up. If it did not, the tank may need to be descaled or replaced.

    56. I seem to be having a problem getting adequate pressure. I have a Eureka grinder set to fine espresso so that is unlikely to be the culprit. However, the only time I am able to get the machine to 9 bars is when I am backflushing and even then it will never go above 9bars. Any ideas on how I can diagnose the issue? I am using the Lelit water softner and removed that just to see if that was the issue, it wasn't. I am also pretty good at keeping the machine clean and backflushing when appropriate.
    57. 0 votes
      Q I seem to be having a problem getting adequate pressure. I have a Eureka grinder set to fine espr...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Rob Tennant on May 20, 2019 5:07 pm
      Answered by the admin

      The back flush disc is THE pressure test that the pump can achieve 9 bars or higher (depending upon factory setting of OPV), not have a leak, and show the gauge working.

      Unfortunately, this is

      a grinder issue,

      grind fineness issue,

      amout of coffee in the basket issue,

      a tamping issue,

      or a combination of any the aforementioned concerned areas. Please keep in mind the brew pressure gauge is not a pump pressure gauge, but a gauge to measure the resistance of the ground coffee in the filter basket.

    58. Hi just wrote about loss of power in machine. It may be power cord. I want to order a replacement but but dont see it on the parts list. thx.
    59. 0 votes
      Q Hi just wrote about loss of power in machine. It may be power cord. I want to order a replacement...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Henry Markman on April 25, 2019 5:35 pm
      Answered by the admin

      It is best to check the cord with a continuity tester to confirm the cord is defective.

    60. Bought this machine about a year ago from you. All of a sudden the power goes on and off. At first if a shifted the position slightly that would restore the power, but now there is no power.
    61. 0 votes
      Q Bought this machine about a year ago from you. All of a sudden the power goes on and off. At firs...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Henry Markman on April 25, 2019 5:14 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry to hear about this. It could the reservoir needs more water. It could also be the float in the reservoir is getting stuck near the bottom, or the wires connected behind the power switch  have loosened. The last one would mean disconnecting the power cord from the electrical outlet, then allowing the machine to fully cool. The top screws holding the top panel need to be removed. The bottom screws holding the wraparound body panel would need to be removed. All wires inside the machine should be inspected.

    62. Hi 1st Line - we bought the LeLit PL62T in December 2017. We are now experiencing issues with the pressure. The pressure is reading at a 4 and it should be reading between 10-11 I believe. Any information would be greatly appreciated to fix this problem. Please let me know as soon as possible. My espresso tastes horrible jk :) Thanks a lot, Kara and John
    63. 0 votes
      Q Hi 1st Line - we bought the LeLit PL62T in December 2017. We are now experiencing issues with the...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Kara Shillingburg on August 7, 2018 4:52 pm
      Answered by the admin

      The pump pressure should only be read when making espresso. At all other times, it has no meaning. A pump pressure of 4 bar usually means there is a problem with the grind fineness of the ground beans, the grinder, a water softener in tank that needs to be recharged, an faulty overpressure valve (OPV), a very low possibility of a failing pump (most pumps usually just quit with no in between), or a very low possibility of a faulty gauge (faulty gauges usually do not move at all because there is a blockage in its capillary tube).

      To test the pump, put in a blind filter, lift the lever and check to see the pump pressure goes over 8 bar on the gauge. If it does, its the grinder or ground coffee.

      If it does not, recharge the (optional) water softener. Check to see when running the pump, the hose is not sucking up against the reservoir wall. Test again with the blind filter.

      Next, to clear the OPV and gauge, remove the softener, and put in descaling solution in the tank, keeping the blind in the portafilter, lift the lever for 1 minute and return the lever to the down position. Let sit for 20 minutes. Repeat. Rinse the reservoir and fill with water. If there is a shorter return hose, place outside machine and catch drippings in a container. Rinse for 1 minute with blind in portafilter and lever up. Rest 3 minutes and repeat twice to flush out the descaling solution.

      If the issue does not resolve, it can be the pump (rare) or the OPV (rare).

    64. Please can you tell me which settings/parameters can I change in service menu of PID controller? (F3, F4, F5..etc.) I know there is a temperature conversion (F3 setting Celsius degrees to Fahrenheit ) but what is under other positions ?
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      Q Please can you tell me which settings/parameters can I change in service menu of PID controller? ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Daniel on January 22, 2018 4:33 pm
      A My question may have overstated how long the pump goes on after its delayed start. Probably not as long as 15 seconds, but still a significant period of pumping time. Way more than after just steaming one or two milks.

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