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Old 01-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Wired up Auber 2362a2 and 20 amp ssr to my boil kettle.
Started to heat water to boil for a test and within 10 minutes the ssr
started to smoke and melt. I am running 5500W element . Before I
heated to boil I wanted to program and test the pid and it worked great holding at 150. Yes, I have a heat sink on it. I have the same system on my hot liqour tank 2352 pid and 20 amp ssr works great and gets a little hot but not too hot. I wired the 2362 according to aurbers diagram. I almost think I wired something wrong, if so, does anyone have a simplified diagram to run 240 element , ssr and 2362pid ? Its a little confusing to me on their instructions. But the pid worked great. ****, I dont know. Maybe its because I need a 40 amp ssr.

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Old 01-20-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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I'm not an electrical expert but 20 amps seems low for 5500w.

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A 20 amp ssr is too small for 5500 watts. Get the 40 amp.

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Old 01-20-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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A 5500 watt element will draw about 22 - 23 amps.

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Thats what I figured. Thanks very much.

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Old 01-20-2011, 11:15 PM   #6
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Yeah. What those guys said! Also, what kind of circuit are you on? 30A or 50A? Make sure your wire can handle the current as well.

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Yeah. What those guys said! Also, what kind of circuit are you on? 30A or 50A? Make sure your wire can handle the current as well.
Running of a 30amp gfi breaker and the cord is rated for 50 amp. Its
the same cord I use to run my floor sanders.
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Sorry...didn't want to come off all EAC...just didn't want you to melt anything else....or worse!

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Sorry...didn't want to come off all EAC...just didn't want you to melt anything else....or worse!
I appreciate your concern scubasteve. I understand how dangerous electricity can be and thanks to you and other people on this forum I am on the right track.
Hell, you guys may have saved a few lives.
I didnt do my homework on the 20 amp ssr but were gold now.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:03 AM   #10
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I'm surprised there hasnt been a "What's EAC" debachery yet.


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