Masterbuilt 20070910 Pops GFI

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ridetoeat, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. ridetoeat

    ridetoeat Newbie

    Hi all,

      I have the GFI problem. My unit is 3 years old and has the access panel in back and connections look clean and not corroded. If I connect to non-GFI outlet it works fine so where is it going to ground? The element had 18 ohms of resistance which is supposed to be ok? I'm not an electrics guy but can test some stuff. Should I still pull back off and look for chafed or bare wire? When I called Masterbuilt their solution was to buy new body. I'm NOT giving Masterbuilt any more money. Thanks. D
  2. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Look for bared, wet wires. Loose connections. If it operated fine on that circuit and then just started, the GFCI is telling you something is wrong.

  3. Plug it into a regular socket and run it at 275 for a couple hours.  That should dry it out.  It will likely run fine on the GFI after that.
  4. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I have had problems using extension chords laying on the ground tripping GFCI outlets using regular power tools.

    I would still check everything RadioGuy mentioned though.

    You could also try isolating the unit from the ground by putting it up on something.
  5. I believe his model has the plastic base.  It is already isolated from the ground.
  6. ridetoeat

    ridetoeat Newbie

    The unit sits on an old TV cart so is off ground and is kept out of weather on covered patio. I think I'll run it for awhile then pull off back and check for bare wire, then hopefully it is fine again. It works great when it worked. Thanks for the help everyone. I'm new to the site.
  7. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Also don't forget that GFI units can  go bad.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
  8. ridetoeat

    ridetoeat Newbie

    Per Addertooth, Baked it out at 275 degs on non-GFI outlet for house vac actually, now it works on GFI circuit so moisture must be getting in somewhere to pop GFI. It may not last but is working now. I still plan on removing back to inspect but don't believe there's bare wires anywhere. Maybe moisture in top digital control unit?? Thanks again for help.  D

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