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Old 01-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
ylpaul2000
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Hello all, I had a question for those of you using 120v heat sticks. So I built a heat stick using a 1500w element and checked it for leaks and all that, and it worked well for a couple of brews but recently I started having problems. About 20-30 minutes into usage it trips my GFCI, I can take it out let it cool and try again and the same thing happens. Do I have a leak somewhere that is causing the ground fault? Anyone else ever have this issue. I've checked the wiring a dozen time I know it is correct, I stopes just short of tearing apart the heat stick to check there.

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Water is getting in somehow, you've got a leak my friend.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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On one of my heat sticks developed a leak, a hair line crack at the bend. Hard to see, but was getting water in the unit.

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Old 01-24-2012, 01:47 AM   #4
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I had the same thing happen with mine after about 6 months of use. The J-bend one.

I went to mounting elements in the keggle, which I recommend.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:49 AM   #5
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Ya I figured it was a leak, I was just hoping not to hear the truth. Well at least My GFCI did the right thing!

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:57 AM   #6
ylpaul2000
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Mine was a "J" Bend type as well, I used two packages of JB Weld but I guess it wasn't enough. I guess I need to really load up the bottom end of the stick with that stuff!

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:37 AM   #7
ylpaul2000
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So just in case you've never seen one this is what it looked like when I tore apart my dead heat stick

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This last picture is where I think the problem began notice the cracks around the threading, this is where I think the water entered.

 
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