Replacing the Safety Ring

Replacing the safety ring is a simple process. With the right tools, it shouldn’t take more than a minute.

The safety ring is a fail-safe device which will safely depressurise the machine if it’s overheated. You’ll know you need to replace the safety ring if you notice water leaking from a small hole on the side of the ring.

Tools and parts required

Instructions

  1. Remove the safety valve form the side of the boiler, by unscrewing the whole valve. You may be able to do this with your fingers. If not, use a 13mm spanner (wrench), to loosen it. You want to place your spanner around the nut – that’s the part of the valve that has flat sides. In the image above it’s directly above the gold coloured safety ring, it’s on the outside of the boiler.
  2. Remove the gold coloured safety ring, by pulling it off the safety valve. The two red seals will come off with it.
  3. Push the new safety ring into place, with one red seal located on each side of the safety ring.
  4. Screw the new valve into the threaded hole on the side of the boiler. Screw it in hand tight, then use a 13 mm spanner to tighten so there is “metal on metal” contact between the safety ring and the boiler. You won’t need to tighten it very hard, the thing to feel for is a sudden increase in resistance when screwing it in (that’s when you get metal metal contact).

That’s it! If you have any questions, please either add a comment below, or contact support.

8 replies on “Replacing the Safety Ring

  • Brandon

    I’ve burned 2 safety rings too. I _think_ that leaving the machine on a very hot heat exchange plate for even a few seconds after the shot finishes (after the liquid water is gone from the bottom chamber) can burn out the heat sensitive solder in the safety ring.

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    • Ben @ 9Barista

      Hi Brandon,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had some trouble with the safety ring. Leaving the machine on the exchanger plate while still hot, and after the water has left the lower boiler, will activate the solder in the safety ring. This is a safety measure which stops the machine building up pressure if it has been left on the heat by accident.

      The process we recommend is to turn off the heat as soon as the coffee has finished brewing, which means the safety ring won’t overheat and the exchanger plate will also maintain its shape, in much the same way as you’d remove a pan from the heat after you’ve finished cooking.

      All the best,

      Ben
      Thanks,

      Ben

      Reply
  • Mateusz

    I am replacing the safety ring for a third time this month, is it something I do? Is there a way to re-seal it, or is it disposable?

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    • Ben @ 9Barista

      Hi Mateusz,

      I think we’ve solved this over email, but just to confirm that we wouldn’t recommend re-soldering the safety ring as it’s crucial for the safety of the machine, so if it wasn’t quite right it may not activate when required.

      We’re much better preventing it melting in the first place. The solder in the safety ring can only melt when there is no water in the lower boiler, so be sure to take the machine off the heat as soon as it’s finished producing espresso. That should prevent it happening again, and save you the hassle of having to replace the safety ring.

      I hope that helps!

      Ben

      Reply
  • Yupil Jung

    1. I want to know the size of the Heat Exchanger plate.
    2. Can I change the size of the Heat Exchanger plate?

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    • 9Barista

      Hi,

      Thank you for your questions.

      The plate has a diameter of 145mm and it is the only size we have available.

      Best,

      9Barista

      Reply

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