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Offline crabwise

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Cabinet not heating
« on: April 02, 2016, 10:48:57 am »
I've replaced the element, and it's getting electricity.  Still no heat.  Is there a way to test controller board or the heat sensor?  Any help would be appreciated.   

Offline manfromplaid

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2016, 11:04:02 am »
http://www.susanminor.org/forums/showthread.php?960-Bradley-Smoker-FAQ-s   try this site and see if you can trouble shoot from here.

Offline crabwise

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2016, 11:19:20 am »
Thanks manfromplaid.  I did go through those, but unfortunately it didn't help.  I did get some other good information from it though. 

Offline TedEbear

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2016, 11:51:54 am »
Bypass the smoker generator and plug the cooking chamber tower directly into a wall outlet for a few minutes and see if the heating element turns red.  If it does, then there's a problem inside the SG - probably a loose connection.

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2016, 11:55:34 am »
Thanks Ted.  I did that too.  I know there's nothing wrong with the power cord because the smoke generator is working fine.  I tried backing off on the slider switch so as not to be in that dead spot that I read about. 

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2016, 01:08:32 pm »
First double check to make sure the wires are firmly attached to the element on both ends.

Did you see the FAQ on how to change the element. Sometimes when you replace the element there is a tendency to pull the element out too far before disconnecting the wires. This can cause the wire on the back plug to be disconnected. To correct that you need to take the back off the cabinet, and reconnect the wire(s).
How to change the heating element.

If your pilot light next to the slider does not work, that is a good sign that it is something other than the element. If it is just a bad element, the pilot light will continue to work. The other issue could be you may have had a good element, but the in-line fuse was blown, or the heat sensor has tripped and didn't reset.



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Offline crabwise

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2016, 04:56:26 am »
The pilot light isn't coming on.  I'll check the inline fuse with a meter, looking at it, it looks fine.  Is there a way to test the heat sensor? 

Thanks again for all the feedback.  I appreciate it.

Offline TedEbear

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2016, 08:09:36 am »
Put your meter probes to each connection on the sensor and test for continuity through it.

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2016, 12:56:13 pm »
You can't tell if the fuse is still good by looking at it. Use the same test for the in-line fuse. If you don't have a meter, use a 14 gauge wire or greater, to temporarily by past the fuse. Use the by past for testing only.


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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2016, 04:25:29 pm »
It would appear that the fuse is bad.  I'm going to order another one now.  And apparently I changed the heating element when I didn't need to.  Oh well...  That's ok.  I didn't need that $20 anyway.

Thanks again for the help.  Hopefully we're done here... 

Offline TedEbear

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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2016, 06:01:27 pm »
It would appear that the fuse is bad.  I'm going to order another one now.  And apparently I changed the heating element when I didn't need to.  Oh well...  That's ok.  I didn't need that $20 anyway.

Thanks again for the help.  Hopefully we're done here...

Hang onto that other element.  You may decide to do the dual element mod someday.   ;)


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Re: Cabinet not heating
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2016, 01:47:35 am »
Great!

You should be up and running in no time.


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