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abbiemax

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so I built a PID for my range master electric smoker, SCR output was 118 V but at the connectors for the element was only 78V. Thinking a problem with the SCR, even though it is only a switch, I put the original manual controller on , same 78V at element. Now I'm confused. Element is 1500 W and reads 11 ohms. Assume I should have 118 V at element, Could a bad element cause this thus it needs replacing?
 

kilo charlie

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so I built a PID for my range master electric smoker, SCR output was 118 V but at the connectors for the element was only 78V. Thinking a problem with the SCR, even though it is only a switch, I put the original manual controller on , same 78V at element. Now I'm confused. Element is 1500 W and reads 11 ohms. Assume I should have 118 V at element, Could a bad element cause this thus it needs replacing?
Welcome to SMF... sorry I don't know the answer to your question though!
 

Steve H

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Did you measure the voltage with the heating element connected? Do you mean SSR? Either case. You need a load attached for the voltage to be correct. What was the original controller? Analog?
 
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abbiemax

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118 v no load, 78 with element connected, either PID or supplied dial analog thermostat
 

Steve H

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Are you using a extension cord?
 

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