Originally Web posted Wednesday, 27 May 2009.
Content last modified Saturday, 9 January 2021 .
External links last verified Saturday, 1 February 2014.
There are many WWW pages which discuss the Breville 800ESXL and/or other espresso machines. This one focuses on failures and repairs, especially electrical. The build quality of the unit in general is very good, and entirely befitting a high-quality appliance in its category. Unfortunately, the electrical circuit board seems to be an exception: the design appears sound… the implementation not so much. Our sample had vastly bad solder joints on every joint on the main PCB, conductive glue, and an overheated resistor (R4) on its way to failure. What originally got me into repairing this out-of-warranty unit was the apparently well-known failure of the pump running spontaneously when the machine was Off. Hopefully something here will be of use to you.
I expect most of you know well what you’re getting into and are well aware of everything mentioned in the following warning, yet since that may not apply to everyone who passes through….
Starting in early 2013, new content contributed by site visitors in addition to my own content pushed the size of this former single page to unreasonable heights. Everything is still here, divided into sections. In order, these are:
No, i am not attempting to compete with Google, Duck Duck Go, nor any other search engine. Site correspondents have occasionally sent along links to what i deem particularly useful or informative information on this series of machines, and/or related models. Some of these URLs below appear elsewhere on other pages of this article; others are only here. Even if they break due to people redoing their sites without proper redirects for the prior design, the broken links may still prove useful in a WWW search, or perhaps on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (as is the case with the Insanely Long Water FAQ below).In no particular order:
Have any Breville 800ESXL repair tips? Send ’em in! I’ll endeavor to add the seemingly good ones to these pages, at my usual glacial pace. (Please let me know if you want to be credited or remain anonymous. Thanks!)