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steppensheep

Induction hotplate (useage and repairs)

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Briefly, I finally got round to taking the thing apart and stuck a bit of card on the piezo capacitor to stop the annoying beeping, like the man on youtube told me.  Worked great.

 

However, It seems the thermostat was glued to, or held away from, the glass top plate, by a crumbly white substance that looks like polystyrene (although that wouldn't stand the heat)

 

In use I suspect the temperature is a lot higher in the pan than the setting indicates, water boils at "60°C"

 

Could it require thermal paste to improve the heat sensitivity? WIth the whote crumbly product falling away, I can partly see the thermostat (a copper wire and a silvery electrical component )

 

The most annoying thing about the appliance is that it has never run cool enough. The lowest power setting also boils water fairly vogourously. I'd really like to get it down further to be able to do a bit of slow cooking.

eta: there was also a little component with a rotateable dial indicating +/- on the circuit board.  I appreciate it's a bit hopeful, but what sort of thing might that control?

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5 minutes ago, steppensheep said:

Briefly, I finally got round to taking the thing apart and stuck a bit of card on the piezo capacitor to stop the annoying beeping, like the man on youtube told me.  Worked great.

 

However, It seems the thermostat was glued to, or held away from, the glass top plate, by a crumbly white substance that looks like polystyrene (although that wouldn't stand the heat)

 

In use I suspect the temperature is a lot higher in the pan than the setting indicates, water boils at "60°C"

 

Could it require thermal paste to improve the heat sensitivity? WIth the whote crumbly product falling away, I can partly see the thermostat (a copper wire and a silvery electrical component )

 

The most annoying thing about the appliance is that it has never run cool enough. The lowest power setting also boils water fairly vogourously. I'd really like to get it down further to be able to do a bit of slow cooking.

eta: there was also a little component with a rotateable dial indicating +/- on the circuit board.  I appreciate it's a bit hopeful, but what sort of thing might that control?

Bin it and get a gas hob while you can. 

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Thermal paste.

I'd use heatsink paste as I have some about -- it won't be 'bad' and if it fails (back to poor readings) after a while I'd just investigate further.

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