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Topic: Alpenrost Repair? (6 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: Len Ayres
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This is my first posting here, so be kind and patient.  I purchased a
Swissmar Alpenrost coffee roaster new about 18 months ago.  This past
weekend, while roasting and at the second crack, it stopped.  I checked
and the LED display is not lit up.  I unplugged it and plugged it in
another receptacle, but it is clear that the roaster is "dead".  What do
you suggest I do next?
 
Background:  I live in California, near Sacramento.  Is there someplace
I can send it for repair?  Otherwise, I am pretty handy with technical
gadgets (I am an electrical engineer....but not currently
practicing...hahaha) so if parts and components can be diagnosed as
defective with a troubleshooting guide, then I could just purchase the
necessary items and probably repair it myself.
 
Thanks in advance for any assistance that you can provide.
Len

2) From: Gary Townsend
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Len,
I would try to contact the manufacturer and talk to the tech line. I
don't have an Alpenrost, but problems with a commercial home coffee
roaster failing unexpectedly, are usually better repaired through the
manufacturer. Hopefully someone else on this list can help you
troubleshoot your particular roaster. I'd highly recommend opening it
up, and taking a peek, it could be a loose wire, or a bad fuse. Do you
still have the documentation that came with your roaster?
It sounds like it may have overheated, and if it's equipped with a
thermal fuse, I'd test that. They cost about $1.50 at radio shack, and
are pretty easy to diagnose with a multi meter for continuity.
Good luck! 
Gary

3) From: Brett Mason
Try...
SWISSMAR IMPORTS INC.
6391 Walmore Road
Niagara Falls, NY, 14304
Phone: 905-764-1121
Fax: 905-764-1123
Perhaps they will direct you...
Brett
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Regards,
Brett Mason
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4) From: David B. Westebbe
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5) From: MMore
18 months is almost precisely how long mine lasted.  My suggestion is  to go 
the SC/CO route.  I did and couldn't be happier.  40% of the  price, bigger 
batches.
 
Michael A. Roaster of Vienna,  Va.

6) From: Craig Andrews
Hi Len, More than likely you've blow the thermal fuse (TCO), thermal cut 
off.If you're handy with hand tools, it's not a big deal to replace. 
Searsh the Homeroast archives here for my answer, I've posted it several 
times.
Or go to the Coffeegeek forums & search under my handle CraigA & 
thermal+fuse.
Good luck,
Cheers!
Regards,
Craig.
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This is my first posting here, so be kind and patient.  I purchased a
Swissmar Alpenrost coffee roaster new about 18 months ago.  This past
weekend, while roasting and at the second crack, it stopped.  I checked
and the LED display is not lit up.  I unplugged it and plugged it in
another receptacle, but it is clear that the roaster is "dead".  What do
you suggest I do next?
Background:  I live in California, near Sacramento.  Is there someplace
I can send it for repair?  Otherwise, I am pretty handy with technical
gadgets (I am an electrical engineer....but not currently
practicing...hahaha) so if parts and components can be diagnosed as
defective with a troubleshooting guide, then I could just purchase the
necessary items and probably repair it myself.
Thanks in advance for any assistance that you can provide.
Len


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