MES 30 Won't Start Up

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mikehga79, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. mikehga79

    mikehga79 Newbie

    Hey Guys/Gals,

    I've searched for a similar problem on the forum but haven't had any luck finding my scenario.

    I've had my MES30 for a few years ago and was about to smoke some wings over the weekend but nothing happened when I hit the power button on the control unit.  No beeps, no lights, nothing.

    I called customer support and they were kind enough to send me a replacement control unit for free (awesome service!).  Well...unfortunately I am not getting a different result.  I've checked the outlet, all is good there.  Power cord is looking fine.  Any thoughts on what I should do next?  I've seen some people drill out the rivets on the back and check the wiring.  It does have an access panel to the heating element and everything looks good there.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you set the timer ???  won't work without the timer set....

    Try spreading the spade lugs on the power cord..... they may not be making contact......    Dave

  3. mikehga79

    mikehga79 Newbie

    I can't even get the timer or control unit to turn on. I'll try the spade plugs...thanks!
  4. gamehawg

    gamehawg Newbie

    You confirm you have juice at that outlet?  There is also a lower power controller board that you can access from the bottom.
  5. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Probably need to pull the back panel and look at the plug in wiring harness that goes to the controller. Should be an obvious break or crossover. The element connection won't have anything to do with power to the controller.
  6. mikehga79

    mikehga79 Newbie

    Is that the little box that sticks out from the bottom (underside) of the unit?
  7. mikehga79

    mikehga79 Newbie

    So I popped off all the rivets I could find and examined every wire and connection I could find.  To me, nothing looks wrong with it, I couldn't find any corroded wires or wear on the unit.  Any thoughts?  Masterbuilt wants to sell me some type of replacement kit for $65....but I'm not crazy about that idea.


  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Trouble shooting electronics is waaaaay over my head.....    Dave
  9. mikehga79

    mikehga79 Newbie

  10. Did you verify that you have power at your outlet? Do you have or have access to a digital meter with continuity check?
  11. bgosnell151

    bgosnell151 Smoking Fanatic

    Not sure how much access you have to the wiring, but you could follow the electric current and test for power at every connection. Once you find where you have no powers, you know where the issue is. This should be done VERY carefully as you could easily fry something in the smoker or worse, yourself.

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