Blown fuses-Subwoofer-Please help me continue with my diagnosis.

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William13

Joined May 31, 2020
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New member. Hope I am posting in the proper thread and thank you for offering this forum.

Device in question is a Paradigm Servo 15a. (schematic of Servo 15 attached)

The unit is a 20 year old subwoofer that I like.

It began to blow fuses when Auto On was ON
Now it blows fuses when just turned on. It does not blow immediately. There is a few seconds of rumbling before this happens.
So far this is what I have done:
1. started her up with a lamp load and no obvious short was found
2. inspected pcb for burnt traces: none found
3. inspected filter capacitors: top slightly spongy on one but no bulging: resistance revs up fine with fluke. Can't check capacitance as fluke has a 10,000 maximum capacitance range and capacitor is 15,000 (removed to check)
4. Used multimeters to check for short in output transistors: none found

Whats next? Thank you
Bill


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dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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Welcome to AAC!

Have you checked the MOV to see if it's shorted? Which subcircuits are easily disconnected?
 

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William13

Joined May 31, 2020
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If it works with a lamp load but not with a speaker load, have you not checked the speaker?
Regards,
Keith

I may have said that wrong. I did this:
ie I made current limiting device by plugging the unit into a receptacle that was in series with a lamp. My load was my subwoofer itself.
 

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William13

Joined May 31, 2020
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I am continuing to work on this. I am beginning to question if I tested the power transistors as well as I could. Do they need to be removed from the circuit to be tested?
 
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