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Topic: Hottop 8828-B (9 msgs / 179 lines)
1) From: Jim Wilkins
Digital control panel on my roaster out of whack. The switch to toggle
between functions (temp, time, fan) no longer works. Is this a common
problem (with a common solution) for owners of a 8828-B?  I'm  looking for
ideas to fix the unit. I contacted Hopttop and the only option offered is to
buy a new control panel for $120 plus shipping. I purchased the roaster from
Sweet Marias and it has been a workhorse. I roast with a Behmor and Hottop,
and consistently produce the roasts I need on both. Do I pay the $120 to
Hottop or use the money toward my next Behmor?
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2) From: Roger Lebow
Funny you should mention this. I've been experiencing the same thing with my HT, with it getting incrementally worse over a few months. I assumed a cashectomy was in the cards (followed by the usual humiliation whilst I plumb the depths of my mechanical ineptitude during the installation). 
I do agree that the machine has been terrific, producing great, dependable results over the several years I've had it. I plan to spend the dough, as I've heard HTs last for a long time, and can be serviced by the inept. I'll look forward to opinions of others, though.
Roger Lebow
Sierra Madre, California 
On Apr 24, 2012, at 11:11 AM, "Jim Wilkins"  wrote:
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3) From: Ben Lowery
Jim,
I've had a similar problem lately. Some of the buttons seem to have a hard time registering pushes; if I wiggle my finger on them I can usually get them to trigger, but it's a pain and disconcerting. Given the roaster is a few years old now, I'd been planning on getting the replacement board unless I could figure out some other way to fix it up.
--b 
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4) From: coffehound
I had a control board go out on my hottop a year or so ago. It worked fine but started dropping lines on the display. When it got to the point I couldn't read the screen I replaced it. The swap was easy and the new one works great.  
The instructions on the HT site are excellent and include step by step pictures. Even if you're scared of a screwdriver you can walk through the process. Just be sure to record any custom programs you may have created because you'll have to re-enter them for the new control panel. 
Demian

5) From: Ben Lowery
I just placed an order for a new B control board. Once I get it, I'll spend some time hacking on the old one to see if I can figure out what went wrong.
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6) From: Michael
I once had some trouble with my model P control panel and decided to disassemble the unit to see if there were any loose wires or connectors. The space behind the panel (and other parts of the innards) were covered with chaff. Once I vacuumed it all out, cleaned it up, reassembled it, the panel started working jperfectly again. It wouldn't hurt to give it a good cleaning no matter what else you decide to do afterwards.
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7) From: coffehound
I take the back panel off of mine every 30-40 roasts to clean the fan and vacuum out the interior. It's just part of the scheduled upkeep. 
Demian

8) From: gin powell
keeping it clean is the only way, ask eddie?
you would be amazed where chaff goes in the machine.
-g
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9) From: David H.G. Hipwell
A shop vac on blow (if your shop vac has two hose connections, this will work) also works well for removing/moving chaff from the back. I also use it to blow chaff out the front section after every roast or two.  Just take out the chaff tray and blow in the opening to get lots of chaff out.  You could also try blowing air down the bean chute. 
Be careful when opening up the back, though.  I managed to fry a main board that way (it was still under warrenty, so not so bad).> Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:02:43 -0700
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