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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2017, 05:40:48 AM »
OK, got the PID on and determined that wasn't  the problem. no problem the old one had a hole in it and the probe had stopped working so i am fine with that. Steve called me Sunday a couple hours after that text and walked through it. I discovered a shorted wire from the plug to the heating element. it fell off in my hand as i was looking at the wires. it was attached on first look. I know how to strip and reconnect a wire but want to get some help from someone that can help me find the cause. I don't want to reconnect the wire and short it again if there is a fault somewhere. So next saturday the saga continues.

I must say, i was quite amazed that steve called so quickly and so patiently helped.
Tom From NH
My two favorite things are  my Victory Motorcycle riding the tail of the dragon. and making the CUE!

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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2017, 10:26:39 AM »
Sounds like Steve took good care of you and you will be up and smoking as soon as you have some free time.  Good news indeed.
David from Arizona
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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2017, 12:07:50 PM »
Still send your old one to Auberins.  For a very low price you may be able to have a restored back up. 

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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2017, 08:08:47 PM »
IT IS ALIVE!!!!!
Thanks to all of you , the power of the forums and steve's call last Sunday!

after talking with steve, i checked the relay and checked the wires. as i check the wires, one of them fell off in my hand. i got the connectors i needed today and replaced the wire as well as the PID and she is up and running. I may not have needed to replace the pid but it was in bad shape with a hole in the top and a probe that wasn't working.

anyway after i fixed the wire , i was back in business!

picture attached of the break  but the first meal back was a maple smoked chicken breast with carribean jerk seasoning. Yahoo!

I learned a lot. this smoker is pretty simple.
1. check your pid,
2. check the wires for any breaks and burns
3. turn the unit on and see if the relay light is on.

in my case the relay wasn't on but that is because the wire was broken
it's  decent trouble shoot to start to figure things .out.
do we have a sticky on what to do here? it feels like it would be helpful if i missed it.

tom

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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2017, 08:55:52 PM »
great!!

what time's dinner

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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2017, 09:02:46 PM »
Good to see you back in business Tom.
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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2017, 06:36:25 AM »
Thanks for you help David!

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Tom From NH
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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2017, 08:35:02 AM »
It looks as if the burnt out wire is one of the two wires with high temperature covering that connect to the element. If this is the case then I recall that a few other forum members have had the same problem. Might be a good thing to check first and might be good to alert Steve from a Q.C point of view.
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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2017, 08:46:19 AM »
Thanks for you help David!

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to be sure your equipment is up to snuff and all that

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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2017, 09:29:15 AM »
I have had my unit for just under 4 years. On 2 separate occasions in 2 different locations, I have had to replace broken wire connectors. In addition, the fuse in my (independent) auber had to be replaced, once.  All easy fixes once identified.  I have had the back off on 4 or 5 occasions including when I initially bypassed the analog controller. That's where I go first if its acting up. Glad things worked out for you. I still love the unit.
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Re: 3D won't turn on. Where do I start?
« Reply #40 on: August 13, 2017, 05:50:33 PM »
It looks as if the burnt out wire is one of the two wires with high temperature covering that connect to the element. If this is the case then I recall that a few other forum members have had the same problem. Might be a good thing to check first and might be good to alert Steve from a Q.C point of view.

it is the wire to the element . steve was onthe phone with me when i figured it out
thanks
Tom From NH
My two favorite things are  my Victory Motorcycle riding the tail of the dragon. and making the CUE!