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Old 2015-11-15, 8:43am
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HELP!! My Orton AutoFire Express AIM BD94 kiln turns on, lights up and clicks as usual--but it is NOT getting hot. Thanks for any insights, directions, contacts, etc!

(My damn garage door won't work either this past week so I am a little bonkers)
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Old 2015-11-15, 9:20am
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Are you getting any error codes on the controler either when you start the program or when you plug it in?

With the kiln unpluged do a visually inspect the plugs, wires, element, and thermocoupler.

Usually its the relay, element, or thermocoupler.
Contacting Aim or the kiln retailer may help.
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Old 2015-11-15, 10:23am
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HELP!! My Orton AutoFire Express AIM BD94 kiln turns on, lights up and clicks as usual--but it is NOT getting hot. Thanks for any insights, directions, contacts, etc!

(My damn garage door won't work either this past week so I am a little bonkers)
Could be a relay. A dead relay will still click - it just doesn't close the circuit.
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Old 2015-11-15, 11:21am
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That's what I was thinking too Dusty--the relay. All the rest seems normal. Gah! Oh course it is on a Sunday---left message with AIM--hope I hear from them on Monday. Thanks everyone
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Check the fuse.

Sometimes there is a separate one for the element heater line.
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Old 2015-11-20, 9:46am
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If it lights up and you here the relay click as normal, sounds like an element.
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Old 2015-11-20, 10:06am
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HUGE shout out to Pablo and Brad at AIMS Kilns!! I drove down there, Pablo interrupted his lunch and fixed it, while Brad was in constant email contact (not knowing I was driving there!) Cpmpletely fixed and done in 5 minutes (my drive was 45 minutes each way!)
And for everyone who wonders what the problem was--it WAS the Relay--a $34 part! Brad mentioned it was a relay issue in about 90% of all problems he see with kilns....of course after I got home I thought "I should have gotten another relay"--but after 4 years of zero problems, I am going to trust my trusty little AIM kiln....and besides, these folk were nice to see and chat with!
Thanks for everyone who chimed in, and I hope this helps anyone who may have a problem with their kiln to check the cheap relay first! And also here's a great reason to buy your next kiln from AIM Kilns--fantastic customer service!!
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