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Old 03-20-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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So somehow I managed to fry one of my SSRs in my control panel last night. :x

Two questions:

1. Is there anywhere local that sells SSRs? I doubt it, but am hoping not to have to order one

2. If I hook a new one up is the same thing just going to happen again? I did probably 30 or so batches on it with no problem, and have no clue what caused the problem this time.


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Old 03-20-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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1. Radio Shack maybe, if you order from digikey you should have it by next weekend.

2. As long as you didn't exceed the amp rating you should be fine. You may want to install a fan to circulate air around your heat sink if you don't have one.


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Old 03-20-2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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1. Radio Shack maybe, if you order from digikey you should have it by next weekend.

2. As long as you didn't exceed the amp rating you should be fine. You may want to install a fan to circulate air around your heat sink if you don't have one.
The heat sink is outside of my box, and never gets very hot. The terminal (probably not the right word) where the power goes into the SSR was actually melted.
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Are you sure you had a good tight connection? Or used the right size of wire? That is the only thing that I can think of that would do that (melt). And did you use a good heat sink grease? That would insure that the heat can dissipate from the ssr to the heat sink.
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A cheap and reliable method of monitoring the connections for overheating is to embed dark crayon material in the screw head on the SSR, if it is loose the terminal will heat up and the crayon material will run out. Monitoring the embedded material for melting is an easy way to save the unit from the flame test.
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Are you sure you had a good tight connection? Or used the right size of wire? That is the only thing that I can think of that would do that (melt). And did you use a good heat sink grease? That would insure that the heat can dissipate from the ssr to the heat sink.
I'm guessing the wire came loose because I had it open messing with stuff recently. Used the right gauge wire and heat sink grease.
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:39 AM   #7
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So I got a new SSR/heatsink combo off of Ebay that of course came without any heatsink grease. I don't supposed there is anything I could substitute for it?
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:44 AM   #8
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You can buy heatsink grease at radio shack. It's just a couple of bucks.

Make sure you solved the problem that caused the first SSR to blow, or else you probably will have the same outcome.
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:22 AM   #9
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Thanks, I'll hit Radio Shack tomorrow. 99% sure I knocked a wire loose when I was in the control box messing with stuff which caused the problem.
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Are you positive the SSR is bad and not just needing a new wire crimp end? Did you actually melt the screw on the SSR that holds the wire?


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