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So, here it is, Sunday evening and my daughter attempts to make popcorn that we all get to enjoy while watching a movie. Gets the kernels, puts them into the popper, plugs it in and.....nothing. Daddy can you 'fixit'? Will see what we find....

Image 1/1: But hey, I am frugal....
  • This is the Hot Air Popper. worked pretty good and has lots of 'miles' on it. We used it often, and it did work well. New one would be about $20 at some major department stores.

  • But hey, I am frugal....

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  • This is what it looks like for real. Still in good shape.

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Image 1/2: Once removed, the black cover that holds the popping chamber can be removed. the popping chamber and the black cover are removed as one piece. Image 2/2: Once removed, the black cover that holds the popping chamber can be removed. the popping chamber and the black cover are removed as one piece.
  • This is looking toward the top. There are three Phillips screws that need to be removed.

  • Once removed, the black cover that holds the popping chamber can be removed. the popping chamber and the black cover are removed as one piece.

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Image 1/3: Once the bottom cover is removed, the blower motor is clearly visible. Image 2/3: Where the power cable attaches to the motor, are four diodes. These diodes only allow half-cycle of a full cycle of positive and negative power cycle to reach the motor. Image 3/3: The motor only gets current in one direction,allowing it to spin in one direction. After all, we are dealing with AC current here.
  • The bottom cover is fastened with four screws. Remove those.

  • Once the bottom cover is removed, the blower motor is clearly visible.

  • Where the power cable attaches to the motor, are four diodes. These diodes only allow half-cycle of a full cycle of positive and negative power cycle to reach the motor.

  • The motor only gets current in one direction,allowing it to spin in one direction. After all, we are dealing with AC current here.

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Image 1/3: Use a multimeter to check the switch for continuity. Image 2/3: Check the heating element for continuity. Image 3/3: Check the heating element for continuity.
  • With the bottom cover off, the hot air assembly will easily slide out. Power connections and temperature control are clearly visible.

  • Use a multimeter to check the switch for continuity.

  • Check the heating element for continuity.

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Image 1/3: removed the diode (it was attached by point-to-point soldering to the other ones) by de-soldering. Image 2/3: Replace the faulty diode. Description on the diode was V81 N4001. Image 3/3: Replace the faulty diode. Description on the diode was V81 N4001.
  • The problem that was visible on close inspections with a magnifying glass, was a charred diode.

  • removed the diode (it was attached by point-to-point soldering to the other ones) by de-soldering.

  • Replace the faulty diode. Description on the diode was V81 N4001.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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