Matthew Hilton

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  • in reply to: Breakmate had blinking drink size light #509

    Matthew Hilton
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    Thanks for the writeup!   Great description and resolution information.  This condition is known as “Air Locked” (or CO2 locked technically) – where there is too much CO2 (or more accurately – CO2 pressure) in the Cabonator tank, and therefore it will not accept the lower-pressured incoming water.  The manual information I posted, hopefully helped, as that was one of the possible errors listed. 🙂   Glad it’s all sorted out now.

    in reply to: Breakmate had blinking drink size light #491

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    According to the L2 service manual, these may be some causes of your trouble, as is indicated by the “top” most LED light blinking…

     

    Potential Problem(s) Potential Remedy / Resolution(s)
    Water supply is shut off Turn on the water supply
    Water supply pressure is too low Be sure any shut-off valves are turned fully open.  Check for kinked or undersized water lines.   Lines must support a minimum of 2 quarts per min flow rate.
    Water filter blocked Replace the water filter
    Air in carbonator – pump cannot fill Remove CO2 cylinder/attachment and vent all CO2 from Carbonator
    Water pump failure Replace the water pump

    Have you checked the water supply line?
    Also, if the pump is running continuously and not shutting off, it’s a good indication that the cable/connection to the ECM, the grey plug all the way to the “left” if you’re looking at it, has either been disconnected or damaged.  I’d take a look at the plug, while you’re in there, as they do become quite brittle and can ‘come apart’ easily after all these years.

    If that connection is solid, the pump should only run for 2 1/2 minutes max., so as not to burn out the motor if no water is getting in.

    Is this the same water line you are/were using for the other BreakMate machine you were testing?  If so, it sounds like maybe the water is still turned off at the supply line, maybe?

    in reply to: Coin acceptor key #395

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    Did the aftermarket / reproduction key I sent you work?

    in reply to: Where do you get your syrup from? #394

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    I usually order mine from SyrupSupply.com.  I get no $ by endorsing them, but we have teamed up to offer BreakMateSource.com users a discount on their orders.  See the link at the bottom of every page.  Very fast shipping, responsive support, I’ve had great success with them.

    I’ve purchased some through Amazon and its okay.  Pricing isn’t amazing, but not bad.  Those are pretty much it for me.

    in reply to: Yahoo Group Broken? #393

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    Thanks IAQ – thats one reason why I created these separate forums.  (1) to clean up the topics a bit, so people can find what they want a little easier and (2) so that if or when yahoo pulls the plug on the groups, us BreakMate enthusiasts have a place to turn to.

    🙂

    Thanks for the support!

    in reply to: How does it dispense syrup? #392

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    the carbonation of the soda water absolutely needs the water to be very cold in order to “bubble”.

    Warm water does not absorb the CO2 well – so in return you get a ‘flat’ soda.

    The breakmate works by taking the normal temp water, placing it into a temporary container (the reservoir if you will) and there is an ice-block ‘around’ the container.  This cools the water to just about freezing and the CO2 is mixed in.

    So, if your machine isn’t chilling the container (i’m not sure why i’m forgetting the dang proper name for it right now… sigh) your soda will be flat for sure.

    I do have parts if you need them, so keep us posted.

    in reply to: How does it dispense syrup? #389

    Matthew Hilton
    Keymaster

    Sorry for the late response.  Yes, they are magnetically controlled “lifters” (also known as dosers).  When a current is applied, the magnetic inside the doser lifts up and ‘doses’ the syrup based on the size selected.  One “shot” for a small glass, two “shots” (or lifts, if you will) for the medium size, and three “shots” for the largest size (~4 oz, ~6.5oz, ~10z).

    Very simple, mechanically, so if you have one magnetic coil pack that isn’t working – how to test – swap a ‘good’ one into the ‘bad’ place… does the good one now stop functioning?  If so, the wiring might be bad there.  If the good one continues to work, it may be that the coil pack may be defective.  Try it in the known good spot to confirm.  If it’s failed, I can get you a refurbished/used one.

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