MB Element ShortI may have stuck this question in the wrong place the first time as a reply to an older thread. Anyway, just wanted to stick this out there to see if anyone has had this problem.
My MB quit working the other day, and I noticed my GFI tripped. I took the back off of the smoker by drilling the rivets and disconnected the heating element wires (thanks for the previous post). When I plugged the unit back in, it didn't trip the GFI. I checked the two heating element wires with a meter while the unit was plugged in but off, and I had 120V on one side. Does the thermostat close the neutral side of this circuit when heating is required, and does the hot leg remain on the element always, even when the smoker is turned off? Anyway, I hooked the heating element wires back up minus the ground and set the element on a non conductive material. When I plugged the smoker back in, the (case) outside of the heating element showed 120 V when I checked it with ground. I am assuming that the internal wire of the heating element has come into contact somehow with the outside of the element. Can I purchase another element from Masterbuilt, if so, does anyone know how much they cost? Is this the right fix? By the way, the covers on the wire connectors to the element were in terrible shape, I hope someone with an old house, MB smoker, and ungrounded receptacles doesn't get electrocuted or burn their house down due to this cheap wiring.