Draining – Super-Automatic, Single Boiler

Disclaimer: This technical support is provided for information purposes only. 1st-line Equipment, LLC is not responsible for any injury or damages resulting from such information.

CAUTION: Please note that the following information is provided only as a guideline supplemental to your instruction manual. Before attempting to drain your machine’s boiler, please consult the user’s manual before proceeding with these guidelines. Draining the boiler properly is the responsibility of the customer and you may be charged if any damage results from improperly completing the necessary procedure as damage due to freezing or is not covered under manufacturer’s warranty nor shipping insurance. If shipping, significant charges for damages could result from the lack of following these instructions and/or the instruction manual.. Not properly draining the boiler can result in severe damage from water freezing inside the internal components.

It is imperative that you read these guidelines completely before attempting this process. Feel free to contact our technical services department at sales@1st-line.com with any questions you may have before draining your boiler. 1st-line Equipment, LLC does not assume any liability for damages or personal injuries.

Purpose: Remove majority of water from internal components of a single boiler superuutomatic espresso machine. To prevent freezing and/or water damage during long term storage or shipping.

Machine identity: These instructions are provided for a single boiler superautomatic espresso machine with a removable water reservoir. It is NOT for heat exchanger, double boiler, nor direct water connect superautomatic espresso machines.

Requirements before you start: espresso machine, power, sink, six ounce or larger cup.

Warning: Water removed from machine will be scalding hot! Be careful of steam and splashing hot water during the water removal process.

Draining the boiler:

  1. Fill water reservoir, plug in espresso machine to power outlet, and allow espresso machine to fully heat up in hot water/coffee mode (not steam mode)
  2. Prop up water reservoir 1/4 to 1/2 inch so that espresso machine realizes (if applicable) the magnetic float sensor is still nearby. If the indicator for no water lights up, then you need to get the water reservoir closer to the intake connection. The purpose to prop the water reservoir is to not allow fresh water to get into the machine.
  3. Place container under hot water wand (usually same as steam wand)
  4. Using the appropriate buttons/switches, depress the steam button to heat your espresso machine to steaming temperature.
  5. When the espresso machine indicates it has reached steaming temperature, use the steam knob (or depress applicable button) to open the steam valve.
  6. Keep the steam valve open until the no water indicator lights up.
  7. Keep the steam valve to allow remaining water to evaporate during storage or further drain during shipping.
  8. Turn off the main power supply switch and unplug.

Shipping notes:

  1. For shipping, package in original packaging exactly as packaged when you received the shipment. Plastic bags need to be placed over machine to avoid scratching from shipping. All loose articles, including but not limited to portafilter handles, baskets, scoops, etc must be secured to avoid cosmetic damage caused by the movement of these items.
  2. The espresso machine box MUST always be placed into a larger double wall corrugated box with at least 2″ of foam or similar protection placed between the outer corrugated box and the espresso machine box.
  3. If receiving a drained machine, re-prime as per the instruction manual

Long term storage notes:

  1. If possible, do not store where temperatures will be below 36 degrees F or 0 degrees C.
  2. When taking a machine out of long terms storage, re-prime the espresso machine as per the instruction manual.