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Whats your favorite fancy tester

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#21 DurhamAppliance

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:29 AM

Just did a quick video on some Non contact voltage testers.... Youtube is processing it now and it should be live in a moment or so.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:41 AM

here is the video http://appliantology...tage-detectors/

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:53 AM

Cool. I have the Fluke version of that tester. It isn't adjustable like that greenlee. I never really used it much. That was mainly due to my bag being a huge mess from rushing around so much.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:39 PM

My favorite tester is the two finger tester. I just lick the tips of my fingers and gently place them across two wires. Then I know if there is power :)

I do have a funny story about someone testing power with their fingers on accident. When I was in tech school for my job in the military. We had this guy named Evan. Well one day we were learning how to test a MD4 generator. Ole Evan couldn't quite steady the meter lead on the terminal, so he readjusts his grip while saying let me steady it. Poor Evan got zapped haha. When he went to steady it he moved his fingers onto the metal point of the meter probe :) The best part is we got stationed at the same base, and I told everyone the story. He didn't find it as funny as I did. Just let me steady it are his famous words.

My favorite tester is my Fluke 116. Tests dc, ac, capacitors, and even has a temperature probe attachment. Plus it has a nice magnet to attach it to the fridge back while I make my tests.

My only Multimeter is the also the Fluke 116.  It's great for checking the differentials of ovens!!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:51 PM

Another tool I can't live without is my Kill-A-Watt.  I don't know if it counts as a 'fancy tester' - but it is very convenient. 

 

http://www.p3interna...ucts/p4400.html

 

Awesome for microwaves and refrigerators.  I can tell immediately if I have a bad HV section on the Microwave or if the compressor is going bad without having to open anything up.  You can also tell if a heating element is coming on without having to take apart the fridge. 

 

Plus - you can get a quick readout on the power at a customer's house.  First tool I pull out 90% of the time!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

one of my favorites also. I always make room for it in my tool bag

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

I have looked at the Kill a Watt myself.Sounds like a great diagnostic tool.I did see a video where the tech used the Kill a Watt to see if the defrost heater was working.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 03:16 AM

you mean this one?




silly me, I should have shown the amperage on the meter after the repair while the limit was bypassed or blasted frozen with an upside down can of compressed air

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:25 AM

Yea that's the video I was talking about. It would have been good to see the amp draw after the repair.Why not do another video sometimes on the Kiil a Watt ?



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

Yea that's the video I was talking about. It would have been good to see the amp draw after the repair.Why not do another video sometimes on the Kiil a Watt ?


okay, but need some input on how you would use it for microwaves.

Edited by DurhamAppliance, 31 January 2014 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

Well this appliance book I have says most microwaves pull 15 amps if the mag and all is running. Wouldn't you be able to plug it in the kill a watt and look for an amperage around there.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 05:45 PM

Why not just use an amp prob?  The kind with the swivel end works really good for micro waves and checking deft heaters.  I've made a little extention about a foot long to plug into the wall and then plug in whatever I want the check.  The cord is split to just slip on the amp prob.  Works great for me.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:36 PM

I have a cord like that myself.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:15 PM

yeah, they talked about a cord like that to use a kilawatt on a microwave oven during the Basic Electricity class at ASTI. But since I don't repair microwaves, I was passing notes and shooting spitballs during that part of the class.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:34 PM

Just to let you all know I broke down and bought the Whirlpool 240v tester :) I found a brand new one on ebay for $75 plus shipping. Paid $81 total, which is actually about $3 cheaper than we could order from Marcone. This one was apparently bought by an office person who didn't realize their company only worked with 120v, so it hasn't been used.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:44 PM

that's cool.. good price... they sent you both 3 and 4 prong testers I hope... btw Bryan, I think I found that rare bad 140f limit where there was no other accompanying failure... top mount profile ... heater was good.... thermistor was good. If i dont get a call back saying the board is bad, then this will be the first Ive seen like this in years

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:50 PM

Yea, it has both testers. He had a picture of both sitting outside the box. Haha on the high limit. You know the techs in my shop have been using regular defrost bimetals in place of those hi limits? They say they have been doing it that way for years. I found out because i went on a call to install parts another tech ordered, and i asked why they gave me a frigidaire defrost bimetal. Needless to say, I had them order the correct for stock and we have used all 4 already. They make us use these Frigidaire defrost bimetals on every fridge because they don't want to carry more stock. I don't agree with it, but it hasn't been an issue as of yet.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:58 PM

Speaking of testers. I was looking into getting parts wr55x10390 and wx05x14999 to make that ge diagnostic tester. Have you all found this to be worth the money? If I pay our price from Marcone, I can make it for about $82 I believe.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:16 PM

http://m.ebay.com/it...961?_mwBanner=1

Did I screw up? This says range outlet tester. Does this work for dryer outlets too?

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:47 PM

http://m.ebay.com/it...961?_mwBanner=1

Did I screw up? This says range outlet tester. Does this work for dryer outlets too?

No you're OK.     The tester has a straight pin that goes into both receptacle (dryer & range).   The 90 degree spade for the dryer limits it 30 amps while the straight spade  allows for 50 amps of current.  The tester does not test for full amperage rather for voltage & correct wiring polarity.  The tester works great for testing both types of 240 receptacles for ranges & dryers.


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