969.Coffee Elba 3: Pump Removal and Replacement

Learn how to remove and replace the pump of a 969.Coffee Elba 3 espresso machine.

1. The sliding top panel has a small nylon screw that sides back and forth in a channel. This channel has an opening that the screw head can slide out of. This is outlined in the picture below in the yellow outline. Simply apply some pressure upward as you slide the top back and forth until it lifts off of the machine.


2. You will then use a 3mm Allen to remove the four Allen screws that hold on the cover plates outlined in red in the picture above. You will then slide the panels out and set them to the side.

3. Outlined in yellow in the image below is one of the housing screws. Four in total, two on each side. Remove these flat head screws.


4. Lay down a towel or soft pad behind the machine and lay it on its back. Outlined in yellow below you will find two 3mm Allen screws that hold the housing to the bottom of the frame. You do not need to fully remove these, you just need to loosen them a bit so the housing can slide off of them. Please note that on older Elba models these were 7mm screws. So you will need either a 7mm socket or wrench to loosen them.


5. Located at the base of the reservoir support, you will want to remove these two 7mm screws, shown below.


6. You will want to clip the zip-ties and remove the three lines you see below in yellow. One is for the OPV and the other two go to the tank socket. Take pictures or label their placement so that it is easier during reassembly.


7. On the underside of the machine you will find four 7mm screws, two on each side. These are removed to be able to get the support for the res support out of the way to expose the pump.


8. On the sides towards the front of the machine you will find two Philips screws on either side of the machine. Remove these screws which detach the rail for the top cover. This will allow you to set the reservoir support off to the side and take the support out that covers the pump, revealing the pump for you.


9. On the left side of the pump, remove the hose that is outlined below in red. Use a 13mm wrench to remove the gauge capillary tube outlined in yellow, and the braided intake line outlined in pink.


10. Tilt the pump upwards towards you. Use a small Philips head screwdriver to loosen the screw that holds the pump power plug on. Once this is loose you can pull it off the pump. Take a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two Philips screws that hold down the rubber pump mount. Once these are removed you can slide the pump out of the rubber mount on the opposite side and the pump is out of the machine.


11. Use a 12mm wrench on the pump intake nozzle and a 14mm wrench on the pump to hold it. Remove the nozzle to move it over to the new pump. A small amount of sealant can be found with the pump that was sent to you. You do not need a lot. Apply this to the threads of what you have to remove and replace onto the new pump.


12. Use a crescent wrench to hold the OPV and use a 10mm wrench to break free the assembly. Once this is broken free you can usually use your hand to twist it off. Once removed apply a small amount of sealant to the threads and install into the OPV on the new pump.


13. Push the rubber pump mount forward towards the OPV. Place a 14mm wrench on the pump fitting and an crescent wrench on the OPV. Turn the crescent wrench to break the OPV free and unscrew it from the old pump.


14. Reverse the order of the steps listed above to install the pump and close up the machine.

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