Just accidentally bought a Gaggia Coffee Espresso which works on 240 volts. Is it possible to rewire it for 120V please? Or is the transformer different?
Does anyone know if this would be a major pain in the neck to change or if there is an exploded view anywhere? I have tried using a reasonably powerful voltage converter and it blew the fuse immediately!
It is a curious wide, lower-slung very modern all stainless steel unit with three side-by-side buttons, not the one looking like the Baby shown at
I am trying to replace my Baby which endemically cant produce crema or proper coffee consistently and leaks like a sieve.
(I am hoping these units aren't the same inside but clothed in different outer casings)
You would have to replace the heating element (which is integrated into the top of the boiler) and the pump which would not be economical.
If you buy a proper step up transformer rated at 1500 or 2000 watts and use it on a circuit of the proper rating (at least 15 amps) and without any other loads on the circuit it should work. A transformer of this size is not like the little travel converters - it weighs around 30 lbs. and costs around $75, roughly.
Or you could have an electrician install a 240 v circuit. If you have an electric range or clothes dryer you already have 240V in your kitchen/laundry and every home/ apartment has it coming into their panel box.
Most likely it's 230 volts 50 Hz (cycle). I think the only country in the world with standard outlets being 240 volts is Australia, and I'm not sure about that.
England standardized on 240 volts, Europe on 220. Israel on 230 so you could use either. Since then all of the E.U. has standardized to 230, the U.K going down, the rest of Europe going up.
Unless it has a timer in it, it will work just as well on 240v/60 Hz, from a U.S. outlet. Probably a lot better than trying to get a transformer to convert the voltage up. A coffee maker generally uses 1500 watts, and a home transformer loses about 15%-20% in the process of converting it.
If you want a really good home machine look at the Sunbeam line. I don't know if they are sold in the U.S. There was a TV series called "Living Coffee" by Paul Basset (or Bassett, I'm not sure), which was done by the Austrailian Broadcasting Company and shown on food networks in the U.S.
He won an award for being the best "barista" (coffee maker at an espresso bar) and worked with Sunbeam on the design of their machines and marketing them.
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My problem is that whichever of these options I use will be exceptionally unsightly in my tiny kitchen which has already-over used power sockets: Is there any way of arranging joining up the circuits so that this wouldn't be unsightly?
BTW all sockets on the circuit to the kitchen are the same as all sockets all around the living room and bedroom. Maybe they aren't 208? (this is something I have been complaining about ever since we moved in: Every time we try to turn the microwave on, all lights, televisions, computers etc go off all over the flat as the fuse trips!
There is a possibility that the cooker has a 208 volt supply somewhere near it: The building does have 208v at the A/C units at the OTHER end of the living room.
I DO have one of those transformers but again it is huge and there is nowhere in the kitchen to put it. The alternative is to put the espresso unit somewhere near the transformer in the living room but as this would be nowhere near the water supply, this is also impractical.
Is there really any difference between this unit and a Baby?
Picked it up at a flea market for virtually nothing 'cos I saw it in what looked like mint condition. Didn't notice voltage. Unlikely the vendor knew about voltage. I bought it from him just after he had bought it from someone else. I suppose I must take it to England next time I go and put it on Craigslist. Inconceivable it can be worthwhile shipping it to Europe from US so outlets like EBay out of the question, unless this unit is REALLY worth nine hundred bucks!
It sounds like the wiring in your building is very old and undersized. Probably a 120V Gaggia would trip the breakers also. If you have a 240V A/C outlet in your apartment but it's in the wrong place, an inexpensive solution would be to get a long extension cord. Based on what you describe, I really doubt that you have 240V service in your kitchen now unless there is an electric stove.
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I'll need more info before I can give an answer. What kind of upper boiler is in your machine; the old type with heat element attachments on the side or the four attachments on top? Does you machine have a 3-way solenoid valve?
If you have the newer boiler top the elements can be rewired (the same elements are used in all voltage). You'll still need a 110 volt pump & solenoid valve (if so equipped).
I've converted several Gaggia from 240 to 110 volt & if you can read a wiring schematic it's a piece of cake.
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My best advice; if you're not comfortable doing the conversion have someone else do it.
That said: Open the Gaggia by removing the four screws on the top of the machine & lifting off the top.
Some Gaggia Coffee machines have this boiler:
If you have this boiler I can't help you.
Some Gaggia Coffee machines have this boiler:
If you have this boiler here's the schematic for wiring it to 120 volt. Schematic:
The 120v pump will cost $40 - $75 depending on whose advice you listen to. I recommend the cheapest Ulka from partsguru.com. The lower the wattage the quieter it will be.
The 3-way solenoid is only found in the Classic & Baby machines. Ifyour machine has such a valve there will be a chrome tube to the left of the brew group. If you don't have this, great! You've just saved $50 - $75. If you machine is equipped with the valve you'll need to replace the coil only - that's the square or round part similar to the blue 3-way valve shown in the first link above.
As far as rewiring it goes, I was very serious about not trying this yourself if you're not comfortable with it. Gather all the parts; machine, new pump & solenoid valve, & take everything to a reputable appliance repair shop. Most will do the wiring for $50 - $100, but no warranty.
Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Regardless of the standard, my friend in England had a voltage monitor set up for a while and it had pretty large fluctuations, anything from around 223 all the way up to 245V depending on the time of day. These small percentages don't matter for most things.
What I am wondering is whether this is worth either the effort or the cost. And no one seems to have an opinion on whether the end result will be any better than my Baby, which despite having been rebuilt by Importika endemically cant produce crema. (I suppose I can live with all the leaking their repair has caused which they wont recitfy)