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Old 05-22-2008, 04:06 AM   #1
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Default Fixed my fermentation chamber by striking the relay/capacitor with a handle of

Fixed my fermentation chamber by striking the relay/capacitor with a handle of
a large screwdriver.

Previous to that, the compressor relay just clicked. Fans and everything else worked.

After striking it, compressor fires up and it is cooling.

Do I trust it in the 100°F garage?

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Old 05-22-2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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When reasonable means don't fix the problem the end of any blunt object, although it might not work, will at least make you feel better.

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Did you aim the hit? Yes : It is fixed. No : Not fixed, hit it again.

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I think hitting something to make it work is like taking it apart, and then putting it back together. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's just a broke piece of ****e. Either way, YOU fixed it!

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I voted Yes. Sometimes even the most finely tuned instrument needs nothing more than a good solid whack to loosen up the works.

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Nothing a little percussive maintenance didn't cure.

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:24 AM   #8
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Is that a mechanical relay?

Either way, fixed or not, you won't KNOW, so you won't trust it.

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Two things may have happened.
Loose connection
Relay contacts have built up carbon on the contacts (replace relay).

test: when the relay does not function (power on). Read voltage (voltmeter) at the output terminals. If the voltage has dropped or no voltage between input and output then the contacts have resistance from carbon (replace relay).

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You need to be careful, if the relay was manufactured overseas you may need to get a metric screwdriver to do this properly.

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