Weller WES51 solder station problem

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by copper dog, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. copper dog

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    Apr 15, 2013
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    My Weller WES51 has served me nicely however it just started to act up. It works for a bit then quits. The board has several test points on it but I can't seem to find a schematic or service manual for this device to trouble shoot it properly.

    So far I've - Tested all points to satisfaction as per the owners manual (required resistances etc.), taken the iron apart and checked for loose/broken wires, tested the transformer output at 24V and confirmed a steady 5V voltage regulator output on the board. If I disconnect the iron and test the output pins for the required 24V I get a fluctuating voltage which I would presume is temp regulation at work but the darn thing won't heat up. Would a bad tip cause this effect? It's a weekend and I can't get a new tip until Monday.

    I'd hate to scrap it without a fight.
     
  2. #12

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    Try something simple, like replacing the heater element. That is the part that suffers the most thermal stress and might easily become intermittent.
     
  3. copper dog

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    Apr 15, 2013
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    Thanks for the input I'll be doing that but I'm thinking something else is going on here. I get no reaction out of the unit at all now and the voltage regulator isn't putting anything out. Ordered a Hakko FX-888D this morning. I hear good things about it ... If I ignore the funky look and no auto shutoff feature. Soon as I find time I'll dive into this some more.
     
  4. Dodgydave

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    check the resistance of the heater, by unpluging the iron from the base unit and probing at the plug, it will be a 4 pin terminal,one pair is the element and the other pair is the thermocouple.
     
  5. copper dog

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    Apr 15, 2013
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    I've checked all the pins as per the manual and got the proper values. I went out and bought a Hakko 888D. I'll need it to repair this one anyway. I promptly messed up the temperature settings and now have to re calibrate the Hakko. Oh well, I wanted a tip thermometer anyway. Not my week.
     
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