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Originally Posted by exromenyer
So this past Friday I smoked 2 boston butts and they ended up finishing around 10pm. The following day I was warming up my AMNPS and attempted to fire up the MES 40 and I noticed after about 10 minutes the Maverick and Temp gauge on the smoker was pinned at 86° and nothing was heating up.
Does this sound like the heating element has crapped out? I have done a lot of research the last day on this and almost every post I find says Masterbuilt doesn't have replacement parts. Any suggestions on:
1. Is it worth trying to replace that element?
2. If it is. Worth it, how difficult ?
3. If the answers are no, besides my ole charcoal brinkmann that one must babysit, what suggestions on electric, propane smokers can you offer......
Thank you for any assistance,
Short answer---YES it is worth it. The first thing I suspect is it is a easy fix.
Second if it is the controller it is about 40.00 The 800 watt element if that is what you have is about 25 or 30 dollars from Masterbuilt. You must call them.
You must trouble shoot your element. Do you have any electrical testers. If you have to buy a pocket volt tester it is about 12.00. All it does is test for voltage. Just wave it very near a wire and the light lights up if you have voltage.
Most likely when you remove the inspection plate on the back that covers the element wires. that is if you have one other wise you need a 1/8 inch drill bit and drill out the rivets on the back cover. Don't worry it is not a daunting task. Maybe 15minn and you are in. When you open the back cover or inspection plate un plug the smoker First thing you want to do is inspect the female spade terminals that connect the wires to the element. I think you will find one of them is burned off.(dam Chinese low temp connectors) This is the easy fix if you find that is the culprit.
Set the temp and time so it should heat. Once again check the wires for voltage by waving the pocket meter on the wire. At this point you will or won't have voltage. At this point it does not matter how much because the tester will show any voltage from 60 volts A/C up to about 600 volts. if you don't have voltage you need to follow the wire back to the thermostat or snap switch and see if you have voltage going into it. the thermostat should be about half way up the back of the box. Don't mistake the temp probe for the thermostat. The thermostat or snap switch is just a safety switch it will be next in line leaving the element. That is what my problem was.
Don't worry we are getting there. The snap switch is about a dollar from Amazon or you may find one (150c or 300 f ) at a appliance repair shop. They use them in a lot of appliances including pellet stoves. It is a one time switch that is set for a specific temp. At that point it acts like a fuse and burns out. That is why you will not have voltage at the element but will have on one side of the switch. Your smoker is on so BE CARE FULL or you will be bit. So far you may have spent 1 hour. You have found out if it is the wiring or the safety switch.
if you have power at the element and doesn't heat it is portably dead but you want to test it by checking for continuity. This is done a lot of different ways but the easiest is with a volt ohm meter. You can buy a cheep one or borrow one from someone. If you buy one don't buy a nice fancy one for this job. all you will do is be checking if there is a break in the element. here is a link for some rewiring info.
Texacajun did a great job on his tread to up grade the cheap factory wiring .
Like I said before, I think your hot wire has burnt off at the element. A 4.00 dollar fix and 1.5 hours of work.
Is it worth it only you know that. Do you want to invest in a new smoker ? Well now is a good excuse.
If you want to repair yours and have questions just ask the forum or P/M me, many of us are happy to help.