S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

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S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

Post by robertdrucker » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:59 pm

Previous posts point to the culprit being the heating element. Is there anything else I should check first before disassembling the boiler?

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Re: S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

Post by chas » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:24 pm

If it's the heating element, unplugging the power wires at the top of the boiler will stop the GFI from tripping.Then you'll know for sure.
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Re: S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

Post by robertdrucker » Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:27 pm

Unplugged power wires and nothing tripped, so will order heating element and gasket. Have citric acid from last major overhaul; motor, pump etc.

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Re: S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

Post by robertdrucker » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:29 am

True confessions: After ordering the heating element and opening the covers, I realized rewiring of scorched or worn wires and terminals was in order. Not being a DIY guy, and knowing how frustrated I got replacing the pump and motor a couple of years ago, I though I should look for a new, less complex machine. I was considering a $1600 HX machine when someone on a HB board said I would be disappointed compared to the S1, and perhaps it was worth sending the machine to Chris Coffee. Eureka! I spoke with Tim this morning, had him hold the heating element and shipped off the S1. Hopefully his estimate will be far less than a new machine and I will get a fully refurbished machine back.

Since I don't want to spend the $400 for a new controller, is there any other upgrades possible that I should consider?

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Re: S1V1 Steam Boiler tripping GFI outlet

Post by raddude » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:28 pm

I had the same issues a few years ago, right after I bought the S1V2. It was metal shaving in the tube that exited the boiler and was clogging the line causing backflow and created a leak, which in turn tripped the GFI.

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