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There are many versions of the Odea / Talea series of Saeco machines. They have similar Descale processes and they require you to be present and hands-on in following the instructions (below).
The machines that you can follow along with in this tutorial are:
There are three machines in this series that have their own programs and are easy to complete the descale by following the instructions on the LCD display, so I will not be describing them here. These three machines are:
Descaling will extend the life of your machine as scale builds up with the use of the appliance. If you find your machine is running a bit slower or losing temperature, then you have gone too long before descaling your machine.
If your machine is used regularly, you should be performing a descale every 1-2 months when the machine prompts you to descale. I would never let it go any longer than 3 months.
To descale your Saeco Odea you’ll need about 40 minutes (you will have to be there in and out of the process), and some official descaling solution found cheap on Amazon. You may be tempted to use vinegar – never use vinegar as a descaling solution. It’s not powerful enough to do the job and will cause internal damage. With that being said, let’s get started.
If your machine comes up with a rapidly flashing “!” symbol, it is just calling for water. Turn the water tap on until a nice flow comes and then turn the water off. This will correct that warning.
The Aqua Prima water filter can help the health of your machine and double the time between your descaling procedure. It should be replaced every 90 days or will prompt to be replaced every 60 liters of water.
To prepare the new filter for the machine you will need to immerse it upside down (with the opening facing upwards) in cold water and then gently squeeze the sides to push the air bubbles out. Once you feel the air is out install the new filter and flush a full tank of fresh water through the hot water selection by selecting water and turning the knob.
Overall the cheap filter can help avoid that annoying 40-minute descaling process half as much, and so it’s something I recommend to you personally and it’s something I recommend to customers as a technician myself.
Your machine counts how much water passes through a flow meter, so the above time frames are estimates based on the normal usage of your Saeco espresso machine.
|Water Type||How often should you descale?||How often – with the Aqua Prima filter|
|Soft water (up to 7ºdH)||Every 3 months or 120 liters of use||Every 6 months or 240 liters of use|
|Medium-hard water (7º-14ºdH)||Every 2 months or 90 liters of use||Every 4 months or 180 liters of use|
|Hard water (15º-21ºdH)||Every 6 weeks or 60 liters of use||Every 3 months or 120 liters of use|
|Very hard water (over 21ºdH)||Every 4 weeks or 30 liters of use||Every 6 weeks or 60 liters of use|
To find out your regional water hardness you can purchase easy-to-use water hardness test strips for cheap on Amazon to get an accurate reading.
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