So here is how to disassemble a Soda Stream Jet to try to figure out what's wrong with it.
My goal: fix it! If it isn't fixable, a new SodaStream Jet is available from Amazon for about $25.
It's notable that the SodaStream jet is mostly a snapped-together device, with the main body acting as a frame to hold all the components in place.
Let's cut to the chase: Here is how to I open and disassemble the SodaStream Jet.
SodaStream Jet Disassembly Guide
1. Remove the Carbonator
This should be obvious. The carbonator is a pressure vessel that is relatively heavy and could even be dangerous. Therefore, I removed it removed it before starting.
2. Remove the black panel buttonThe starting point for disassembly is removing the big black panel lever. This is the panel that everything hides behind. Removing this panel is tricky, but it isn't impossible. It took me about 10 seconds to fully remove it once I figured out how.
I use a flat head screwdriver to unsnap the tabs on the bottom left and bottom right of the panel lever.
Looking at the bottom of the black panel, there are two tabs, one on the left and one on the right. These tabs fully secure the panel in place. The trick is to use a flat-head screwdriver under the plastic to gently lever the tabs out of the way. Note in the pictures how I approach these tabs with my screwdriver. I usually release the left side first, and then I release the right side. Once both bottom tabs are released the entire black panel can be easily wiggled out off the machine.
3. Unsnap the filler assemblyThe filler assembly is the first component under the black panel. This assembly is the true heart of the Jet. It includes the filler pipe, threads to hold the water bottle, a high pressure hose, and a couple of valves.
To remove the filler assembly, there are two pivot posts that need to be released from the backside of the machine. Again, using my trusty flat-head screwdriver, I release the right side and give a little tug on the assembly. Once it's released on the right, I do the same on the left side. The filler assembly is then released.
4. Slide out the filler button assembly
There are two screws in the upper end of the machine that hold the fill button assembly in place. This assembly moves pressurized CO2 from the carbonator and sends it into the filler assembly.
Here, I use a Phillips head driver to remove the two screws, allowing the filler button assembly to be withdrawn.
And now the major components are available for inspection, repair, or replacement.
The Problem with My SodaStream JetSo on my SodaStream, it looks like a screw fell out of the filler assembly.
The filler assembly has to withstand full pressure of a new carbonator (maybe 2500+ PSI?), and so it needs all the screws in place. Without the screws, high pressure CO2 leaks out of a gap the machine, making a mess.
The screws seem to be stainless steel, but they developed some rust. After a little rust set in, it looks like this screw weakened enough to break under high pressure.
That means that there is another half-screw inside the hole, and no way to get a good bite.
After a little more inspection, its clear that two screws have rusted and broken.
|Normal screw and the rusted half-screw.|