One of the machines that we regularly see selling well on the site is the Eletta by Delonghi. Back in June 2020, we put a page together detailing some of the common Magnifica spare parts you might need if you own the little brother of this machine.
Well, we though it was time to give the it the same treatment as we know that sooner or later things go wrong, and some Eletta problems are very easy to resolve.
Now, first and foremost, we’re primarily talking here about swapping parts that don’t require taking the machine to bits.
Once you’ve had your Eletta for a while, you’ll become familiar with emptying the grounds container, filling the water tank, pouring beans into the hopper and so on – they’re all regular tasks and part of keeping your machine going on a regular basis.
These are the kinds of parts that are really easy to remove and replace yourself. There are some more complicated swaps that are possible, but as you’ll see below, we recommend that you only do what you’re competent at fixing.
Replace Or Repair An Eletta Coffee Machine?
Let’s assume for now that it’s a good outcome if you can get your Eletta back to full working order, whatever the problem is. If you’re actually not happy with it, it’s unlikely that you’d want to repair any problem, and instead either check out our run down of the best bean to cup machines or best current deals page for some ideas for something more suitable.
One point we always like to make when we get asked whether it’s worth repairing or replacing any coffee machine (not just the Eletta) is whether or not you would like to upgrade your machine in the near future anyway. If you are considering doing so, don’t spend money on fixing up this one, put it towards what you really want. It’s very similar to people spending thousands repairing an old banger of a car, only to buy a new one a few months later – you’re better off putting you hard earned cash into something reliable from the start. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure how long it will be before the next breakdown happens (with cars or coffee machines), but if you’re going to upgrade anyway, why not now?
We’ve got a huge amount of information on the site to help you choose an upgrade, start at the homepage table if that appeals and work from there. If you’re looking for a change, common choices are the Melitta Barista TS or the Sage Barista Express.
On the other hand, it might be useful to know that Eletta machines have always been popular with our readers since we first added them to the site several years ago, and we commonly hear that people stick with them time after time, even if it’s a case of completely replacing the machine like for like.
If your Eletta has seen better days but you’ve been really pleased with it, you can often find a new one at a significant discount on Amazon. Here’s the links to their product pages to check out any current discounts that might be available:
|Silver (No Milk Carafe)|
Generally speaking, the UK Eletta models are the ECAM 44.660.B in black, the ECAM 45.760.W in white and the ECAM 44.620.B which is a black and silver variation without the LatteCrema system to automate the milk based drinks. They’re all broadly similar in terms of the core machine, so most spares will also be the same. With that said – if you’re replacing something like the water tank (see below), you’ll need to remove the coloured fascia plate from the front of the existing tank, and mount it on to the new one. It’s a simple job, but we wanted to manage expectations!
Water Tank (7313235361)
Water tanks are the main offenders when it comes to parts breaking in coffee machines. They’re the parts that you’re most frequently pulling out and pushing back into the Eletta when you need to refill the water container.
There are a range of things that can go wrong and require a replacement tank for your machine, and fortunately its a simple case of switching new for old. As we mentioned a moment ago, you will need to remove the front plate (black plastic front panel on the ECAM44.660.B and ECAM44.620.B, or white panel on the ECAM45.760.W).
To achieve this, you’ll just need a small screwdriver to remove the fastening screws to remove it from the old tank, and reverse the process to attach it to the new part. As you remove the tank from the machine, you’ll see two screws on the left hand side as the tank emerges, and there’s a third underneath the front panel.
If you’re yet to acquire a new tank, here’s the links to Amazon:
The diffuser sits behind the water tank in the Eletta, so you won’t see it unless you remove the tank first and open the trap door to reveal it. Typically, you should be cleaning it once a month or so, and it’s a simple process as demonstrated in the following video:
If your infuser is damaged, you can get a new one easily from Amazon:
While this isn’t strictly a spare part, it’s a consumable, it is important to regularly descale your eletta to keep all the innards clean and free of lime scale and other build ups that might block up the flow of water around the machine.
Delonghi recommend their EcoDecalk solution, and so do we. Unlike some other manufacturers, Delonghi make their brand available at a good price, so we’d suggest using it rather than unknown cheaper brands rather than put your coffee machine at risk of damage!
We’ve got a whole page dedicated to branded descalers as well as third party alternatives if you really want to consider another brand. If you just want to buy some now, here’s their 500ml bottle on Amazon which is good for five descaling cycles:
Water Filters (DLSC002)
Water filters may or may not be something you use in your machine. It’ll most likely depend on the type of water where you live, so for example if there are high levels of limescale in the water, you’re more likely to get a build up in your Eletta without a filter in place. Eletta coffee machine filters have the model number DLSC002, and are really easy to get hold of and affordable too – especially relative to the cost of replacing your machine if it breaks down from getting clogged up!
They’re really easy to fit – located in the water tank itself. It should be performed with a full tank of water, an you need to submerge it to allow the air bubbles to escape before installing. You’ll see the mounting slot on the base of the water tank towards the rear. It’s fitted by simply pressing down on the filter until it slots into place. Finally, use the Eletta control panel to find the setting to install the filter, and follow the instructions, which involve dispensing around half a litre of hot water from the hot water dispenser. This is the left have nozzle as you look at the machine.
You can buy the filters on Amazon here:
PUREUP 2 packs Water Filter Compatible with Longhi Filter DLSC002 ECAM, ETAM, DLS C002, EC680, EC800, Water Filter Cartridges Activated Carbon Softener
NRP Replacement DLSC002 Water Filter for DeLonghi Espresso Coffeemaker Bean to Cup | 3-pack
Delonghi Water Filter DLS C002 Pack (X2) for Delonghi Espresso and Bean to Cup Machines
DeLonghi Water Filter DLS C002 Pack (X2) Espresso Bean to Cup Machines
De'Longhi 5513292811 Water Filter, Pack of 1, White
Latte Crema System (DLSC011)
If you need a new milk texturing carafe for your ECAM44.660.B or ECAM45.760.W Eletta, it’s possible to order them online. There’s nothing special to mention here, as you should be familiar with attaching and removing the device from your coffee machine as part of normal operation.
When using the milk functions on your machine, always remember to turn the dial on the LatteCrema system to clean after use, and this will blast a burst of hot water through the unit, cleaning it inside. When you remove it after this function from the front of the Eletta, give the attachment point a wipe with a damp cloth before re-attaching the hot water spout. Those two actions should prevent any milk residue from building up over time and creating any problems like strange tastes, smells or even stopping the correct attachment of the milk system.
Here’s where to buy them on Amazon:
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
The Last Word
Keeping your coffee machine in good working order is something that’s easy to do on a regular basis by using the descalers and water filters as recommended by the manufacturer. In this case, Delonghi make things really easy by having the Eletta tell you to descale it when the time comes, and have created a machine where it’s really easy to swap filters when its time for a replacement.
With that said, things do go wrong from time to time, so if you find your water tank gets cracked or starts to leak, or if you need other parts, it’s good to know tha spares are easy to get hold of. While we provide links to Amazon, there are plenty of other vendors that may be able to help too – Amazon will just offer fast delivery and a simple returns process if there’s problems with your order.