My PID is acting up, how can I tell if PID or SSR issue?

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homebrewdude76

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I have three of these Auberins PID's
About 1 year and no issues with any of them.https://www.auberinc.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=106
https://www.auberinc.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=106

The last few brew sessions, the one I use most started to act up.
I have an element on/off light.
In auto/temp control mode the light might flicker, but never on/off. Amp gauge is showing the element is working.
In manual mode it mode it would be on/off as expected.

Yesterday manual mode light did not work, but auto/temp control did.

And also yesterday and today, the PID would just kill the element.
I was manual at 90% for some time, look over and it shows 0% with element off.

I am thinking it is the PID, but not sure if the SSR could cause these issues also?
 

doug293cz

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The PID won't see any fault conditions on the SSR, so if you are seeing odd behavior on the PID display, then it is a problem with the PID or temp sensor.

Brew on :mug:
 

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Just for kicks check the screw tightness on them I have had wires come loose 2x and chased rabbits for hours both times.
 

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I agree with Doug, but if there is any doubt and if you have 3 of these PIDs, swap out the suspect unit with one of the other working ones and see if the symptom follows the PID.
 
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I'm no expert but isn't the SSR just a switch? Continuous power or no power to element would be an SSR issue Can't see how an SSR would effect buttons lighting up on a PID

FWIW I had an Aubrins PID that stopped working correctly after a year. So I used it around 12 times. I called Aubrins and they basically said tough luck. I thought that was crappy. I bought a MYPIN for half the price and it functions perfectly. Even fits in the same size hole in the controller.

I don't get what the hype is on the forum about Aubrins...I'll never by another one of there products
 

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