Hottop USA User Maintenance of Hottop Coffee Roasters

 DISCLAIMER: These tasks described here as well as the video presentations are not intended to be all-inclusive instructional videos nor offer advice on appliance repair. They merely illustrate the process. The information here as well as the videos take a lot for granted such as, but not limited to, safety around electrical devices, proper choice and use of hand tools, techniques to ensure personal safety, protection of property, fire safety, and more. By viewing. listening to, or watching these videos, and/or attempting the procedures on this page, or following any repair or maintenance instructions on the Hottop USA website, you assume all responsibility and release Hottop USA and all its employees and contractors from any and all liability. If you do not accept these terms and/or your local laws prohibit such a release of liability, you may not watch or use the information contained herein.

NOTE: Before attempting any of these cleaning tasks always read the full instructions and always refer to the step-by-step procedures and when removing and installing parts. You can find these instructions in the Hottop Coffee Roaster Repair Procedures area on our website. Refer to them before attempting any of these tasks and as necessary during the process. These videos and the information below are not meant to be all-inclusive and are intended to augment other repair procedures as documented on the Hottop USA website. All information and all linked files, including the videos, are ©2014 Hottop USA.

Regular maintenance of your Hottop coffee roaster is important. Just like regular oil changes and keeping the tires of your vehicle properly inflated, there are many benefits to keeping your Hottop roaster properly maintained:

To those ends we have created this page to help you in your maintenance chores.

This page has been divided into five maintenance sections to help you create a maintenance schedule. A true schedule (such as, “every thirty days'” or, “every twenty roasts”) is difficult to universally define. While the number of roasts between cleanings is the major factor, even that varies by the influence of a number of factors:

Use the schedule here as a beginning guideline. Over time you will get a feel for how often you need to perform any given task to keep your Hottop performing at its best. To gain that insight we offer the following schedule to get you started. Whether any given set of tasks below are performed more or less often is up to you, but the important thing is to perform them on a regular basis to keep your Hottop operating at peak performance.

SOME TIPS BEFORE YOU BEGIN

SAFETY FIRST

WARNING
There are times when a roaster is partially disassembled when you may wish to run the machine. Usually this is during troubleshooting or after a repair to test your work before final assembly, but may also be done as part of these maintenance tasks. This may include a short test run with the rear cover removed or the front cover removed and other such procedures. The dangers when doing such testing may include, but are not limited to physical harm to you or others, fires danger, burns, electrical shock, and damage to the machine. The source of these dangers could include:
  • Exposed electrical connections
  • Moving parts such as the rotating roasting drum
  • Heat from the heating element
If you are unsure about the safety of any such task discussed below or any other repair or testing procedure, please feel free to contact us first at hottop@hottopusa.com and we will be glad to assist you.

TOOLS and MATERIALS

For all the following tasks a minimum of tools is necessary. This list should cover all your basic needs:

TOOL TIPS

Be aware that most of the screws on the roaster only need to be tightened slightly more than just past “seated.” Over tightening screws can damage parts and strip threads. The main motor mount should be well-torqued to the frame and other machine screw such as those that hold the eject solenoid as well. But those which thread into plastic parts (main fan, rear cover, side panels, etc.) should not be overtightened. A good starting guide would be turn with minimum torque until the screw stops, then turn 1/16th of a turn further.

Loosening tight screws can be a challenge. Use a screwdriver with a rounded end on the handle. This allows you to comfortable press the screwdriver into the screw with the palm of one hand against the end of the handle while turning the screwdriver with the other hand. A steady, slowly increasing force from you is easier to control then a sudden “grunt” of an attempt.

Some screws can be difficult to start into their threads. One trick is to turn the screw counterclockwise until you feel it "drop" into place, then turn it clockwise to tighten. Some parts are difficult to hold in place while inserting screws. In that case, get assistance from someone.

The #2 Phillips screwdriver should be of good quality. With well-defined edges on the tip and the tip should be hardened to keep its form over time.


THE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES

I – AFTER EVERY ROAST


II – WEEKLY - Perform the above tasks plus:


III - MONTHLY - Perform the above tasks plus:


IV – EVERY SIX MONTHS - Perform all the above tasks plus:


V – ONCE A YEAR - Perform all the above tasks plus:


OPTIONAL – Advanced cleaning can be accomplished by removing the roast chamber inner wall and clean the rear wall of the roast chamber. Pay particular attention to the temperature sensor. For more details, and even more advanced cleaning techniques, take a look at our video page called Cleaning a Dirty Hottop Roaster which not only shows a slide show of "Before" and "After" images of a roaster which was thoroughly cleaned, but also offers further tips to make cleaning a more complete job. Whether or not you which to go to this extent, you will have to decide.
TIP: Removing the inner roast chamber wall makes it a lot easier to clean the temperature sensor and the rear wall. It also makes realignment of the heating element much easier (if that is necessary). A #2 Phillips with an 8” long shaft makes it a lot easier to remove the screws from inside the electronics/rear area of the machine. Magnetizing the screwdriver makes it a lot easier to reinsert those same screws.

Remember, if you are unsure about performing any of the tasks discussed here, please feel free to contact us first at hottop@hottopusa.com and we will be glad to assist you.
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