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Three GENERAL basic requirements to plan for your installation of water, drain, & electrical connections
The water line should also have a backflow preventer as determined by local building codes. Customers should seek the advice of a local licensed plumber as Espresso 4 Home, nor any reseller, is not aware of all local laws.
In addition, pressure reducer should be installed and set to maximum 40 pounds of water pressure - the reason is that on some espresso machines, the water pressure in excess of 45 pounds may open the internal valves and cause major water leakage.On commercial espresso machines, the water connection always consists of a 3/8" diameter water line. It can be attached by using a 3/8" compression by 3/8 NPT (male thread) fitting. To ensure a leakproof thread, wrap teflon tape around the NPT threads. Stainless steel hoses supplied with the Elektra Art.T1 are British standard measure; therefore, the fit between the hose and fitting (NPT side) will be very tight and may need slight cross-threading - this is normal. Tighten the stainless steel hose nut until the hose portion no longer swivels from the nut.
Please note smaller supply pipes or tubing can create a rattle on the pipe or machine as there may not be enough water volume to keep up with the internal pump.
It is important to locate the unit as close as possible to the drain, preferably a floor drain or a Y pipe on a sink drain (as long as your local building codes allow).
The drip tray usually drains into a black box (known as a catch basin), which in turn, drains into a vinyl tube. The vinyl tube from the black box must be kept as vertical (steep) as possible since there are always coffee grinds that will drain. In general, for every foot of hose that goes horizontal, the drain hose needs to drop one inch in the direction of the drain. If the vinyl tube is installed horizontally for more than one foot without the one inch drop, there is a greater potential for the vinyl hose to clog with grinds. This usually occurs when the vinyl hose is installed horizontally between the machine and the counter. Keep the vinyl drain hose from being pinched and connect it to the floor drain or secure it to the Y drain pipe.
110 volt machines (20 amps) - Utilize standard 125 volt power supply with 125 volt plug and a twenty (20) amperage rating. The machine should always be powered off before unplugging. Three-prong outlets, including one for ground, is required.
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