MES Question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mdk, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. mdk

    mdk Fire Starter

    I have a MES with a non working digital readout and it is not covered under warranty. Has anyone ever gotten into one of these to see what I can do to get this back up and running? There are 4 small wires going up to the readout.
  2. MDK,
    I am not familiar with the MES, but there are folks around here who are. They will be along after a while. If you don't get any replies tonight, bump it up again in the morning.

  3. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    1st you might check to make sure they are all tight. Then try cleaning connections where they connect.
    I would do this before I went to tearing into it.
  4. mdk

    mdk Fire Starter

    Thanks so far guys.
    I have cleaned the connections and they are fine. I have back probed the connector on the control panel side and I have power and ground at the control panel but no lights or controls work.

  5. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Have you checked with Materbuilt to see how much a new control panel would cost? I have heard that they have great customer service. Just a thought.

  6. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    This is the first reported failure that has been posted on SMF about a controller failure that I know of.

    Doubt whether there is a fix other than replacement.
    If you would report the outcome of cost and experience with Masterbuilt on this issue we would be grateful.
  7. mdk

    mdk Fire Starter

    I do not want to taint Masterbuilt becasue they have been more then wonderful for me. I have an extra unit that does not have a working controller on top of it. My other one is perfect. I was just hoping that I could get this other one working and have 2 smokers.
    Sorry if I mislead anyone here. I did not know if anyone had tried to build a PID for a Masterbuilt or not and if they used the factory wires in it.
    Again sorry I did not mean to mislead anyone becasue I think Masterbuilt is #1.
  8. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No worries mate we understand. Can you give us a little background on the non-working MES? Like did you get it at a garage sale? Did it ever work while you had it?

    There is a good chance it is merely a bad solder connection. Happens all the time with TV's.

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