It is very important to install a cold water supply line that is right under the unit or within 4 feet of the machine. A separate shut-off valve on the water line for the machine is strongly recommended for any emergencies, future preventive maintenance, or possible servicing. 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 1st-line 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. To ensure a leakproof thread, wrap teflon tape around the NPT threads.
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One of the few things I did not like about my Rancilio Silvia was having to add water to the reservoir. For a while, there was no way around it. My coffee station was on the wrong side of the kitchen. I'd already planned the process, of course. I would get a float valve, mount it in the reservoir lid, connect it to copper tubing icemaker size and then to the icemaker water line. Since I already had an icemaker connection for my refrigerator, I planned to make a manifold out of a T-connector so I could feed both the Silvia and the icemaker.
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You see, some of the modern coffee makers come with a built-in hot water dispenser that allows you to prepare tea and hot chocolate making your mornings that more pleasant. This function comes off as a real blessing. Second, with hot water dispensers, preparing tea and hot chocolate comes at an instant. No more waiting, no more scorched leaves that are the result of boiling water since hot water dispensers use the temperatures that are below boiling point, the beverages like green tea can preserve their taste and properties.
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