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Old 05-22-2008, 04:06 AM   #1
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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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Old 05-22-2008, 04:26 AM   #3
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Did you aim the hit? Yes : It is fixed. No : Not fixed, hit it again.

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Old 05-22-2008, 05:12 AM   #4
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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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Old 05-22-2008, 06:54 AM   #5
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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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Old 05-22-2008, 09:49 AM   #6
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Nothing a little percussive maintenance didn't cure.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:16 AM   #7
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If you can't fix it with Duck Tape or a hammer, then it is broke

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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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Old 05-22-2008, 02:02 PM   #9
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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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Old 05-22-2008, 02:21 PM   #10
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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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