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Bad finned element?

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Thread Starter 

First off, I'm an electrical novice.  So, if I sound dumb thats becasue I really am!

 

I have a 1550W finned element heating my custom smoker.  It is conected using 120v.  I control it with the Auber 1800W Dual Probe PID (which I love!)

 

Here's an old post on my build: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/111635/commercial-oven-to-electric-smoker-build

 

Everythig has been going great for months.  All of the sudden it will not heat my cabinet.  I get to maybe 124F.  It used to glow a faint red. Now it's just hot to the touch.  I bypassed the pid, same thing. I tried using a heavier cord thinking it might be a resistence issue. No love.

 

Has anyone had their fin heater go out bad??

 

BTW this is the model I used:

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/search.shtml?searchQuery=2xdy7&op=search&Ntt=2xdy7&N=0&sst=subset

 

Thanks, as usual!

 

Dave

post #2 of 5

Any chance it is still in warranty.  If you changed the cable and tried another outlet then it just sounds like it went bad.  May want to call the manufacturer. 

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Well, I have had it for about 5 months.  I'll check on warranty.

 

It's strange,you think it would either work or not work at all.  Not kind of work.

post #4 of 5

Dave, morning..... Sounds to me, a connection on the element is bad..... can you check it ..... Check the voltage at the element too.......      Dave 

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Originally Posted by DaveOmak View Post

Dave, morning..... Sounds to me, a connection on the element is bad..... can you check it ..... Check the voltage at the element too.......      Dave 


If your voltage is good, find a friend with an Amp Probe and check amperage...should be around 13+/- amps. If little or no amperage, it's bad.  Tempco has a one year warranty and Grainger is usually good with those issues.

 

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