Draining – Traditional, 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 traditional 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 traditional espresso machine with a removable water reservoir.It is NOT for heat exchanger or double boiler espresso machines whereby you can brew and steam at the same time.

Requirements before you start: espresso machine, power, sink, six ounce or larger cup, 12 ounce or larger tall-sided container.

Warning: The following procedure should only be performed on a machine when it is completely COLD. If you have used your machine on the same day you perform this procedure, you must ensure that the heating elements have completely cooled down to avoid the risk of being burned or injured. Water removed from machine will be scalding hot! Be careful of steam and splashing hot water during the water removal process.

To drain boiler, heat up. Take hoses out of reservoir and hit coffee switch 4 15 secs. Stop. Depress steam wand and let heat. Power off and shut steam button. Open steam valve and let stay open until u return then prime when u return.

Draining the boiler:

  1. Make sure all switches are in the off position, and then unplug the machine’s electrical cord from electrical outlet.
  2. Allow machine to cool to a complete cold state – may take a few hours.
  3. Remove hose(s) from water reservoir. If there are no hoses, empty water from the water reservoir, and place it back into position empty.
  4. Plug in machine’s electrical cord into electrical outlet.
  5. Please 6 ounce or larger cup under brew head (without the filter handle). Makes sure steam wand is in off/closed position.
  6. Place the coffee brew switch to the ON position.
  7. Place the power switch to the ON position.
  8. Place coffee brew switch to the OFF position once water only dribbles out of group head (no more than 20 seconds). Remove cup and empty.
  9. Place the power switch to the OFF position.
  10. Take a tall-sided container that can hold at least 12 ounces or more of liquid and position it empty beneath the steam wand.
  11. Position the steam wand slightly so that the container will catch any water that is expelled from the wand.
  12. Using the power switch, turn the machine on.
  13. This step will depend on the type of machine you have:
    1. If your machine has a hot water dispensing button, use this button to activate the pump.
    2. If your machine does NOT have a hot water dispensing button, use whichever button and/or knob allows you to dispense water from the steam wand to activate the pump.
  14. After activating the pump, some water should be coming out of the steam wand into the container.
  15. Use the same button or knob to stop the activation of the pump.
  16. Place the steam switch to the ON position while the steam valve and knob are in open position.
  17. Allow steam and hot water to sputter into container for up to two minutes.. This limitation is important to avoid any damage to the boiler or its heating element.
  18. At the 2 minute or less time period, place the steam AND power switch into the OFF position.
  19. Allow machine to cool.
  20. Remove any water from reservoir that may have returned from the over presure valve during steaming.
  21. Dry reservoir with a cloth.
  22. Clean the machine’s surface.
  23. Keep steam valve and steam knob in open position to allow any remaining water to drain during shipping or evaporate during storage.

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.