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Old 05-22-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default RIMS up in smoke

Well almost anyway. Was brewing along and smelled something getting hot. Then I saw smoke! One of the wires was smoldering off the SSR. Had to unplug it and plug the element direct into the main outlet. Can't quite figure this one out.
It's a 220V 5500W element. I have an Auber Inst control, rtd, 40A SSR and 40A heat sink. My input power is 240V from a 30A GFI. I have 30A fuses in my panel for each leg before the SSR. It's all 10 ga wire.

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Old 05-22-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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Was it the SSR maybe? I have heard of ONE going out mid brew session... but never seen this happen myself. How many brews did you have on it?

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Old 05-22-2009, 07:47 PM   #3
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Bad or poor connection maybe? Wouldn't a loose connection potentially cause a problem like this?

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Bad or poor connection maybe? Wouldn't a loose connection potentially cause a problem like this?
True true... I am curious, I want to know what failed, since I have that same SSR and same heatsink
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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I would also guess an inadequate connection to the SSR. The connection should definitely have at least as much metal as the wire and be secure. The connection obviously got too hot so maybe better cooling is needed?

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yeah a loose connection would definately cause something like that, even if it is a little loose, a lot of times the casing around the wire will burn away. or it will melt whatever it is connected too.

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Well I may have found the problem but I'm too embarrassed to tell.

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You can't do that...do tell...

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COME ON, this is important to other SSR users

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