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SEAL Base Laminator Not heating up.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by cardsin2005, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. cardsin2005

    cardsin2005 Member

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    At our shop we have a SEAL Base 54 Laminator with heat assist, and it never heats up. It has never heated up since we got it around 3 years ago. I just never got around to doing anything about it. Today I was using it to apply some yard signs, and thought some heat would really help with the wrinkles. So if any one could help me that would be great.
     
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  2. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    the heat comes from the bottom roller. since you've gotten the laminator, have you tried letting the top roller "warm up" by cranking down to light pressure and letting it run at slow (or fast, doesn't matter) speed?
    (stupid tip, as well, but does the green switch light up when you turn it "on"? when working properly, its supposed to eventually turn itself off when it hits a certain temperature)

    i think there's a heating element that could be replaceable, as well, if it gets to that point.
     
  3. Sticky Signs

    Sticky Signs Very Active Member

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    +1 for heating element or possibly a fuse.
     
  4. The Equipment Guy

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    Never took apart a Base unit yet, but in most that have a metal heating rod you can remove the wires at each end of the roller and then easily pull the rod out and check continuity from end to end.

    I am not 100% sure if Seal uses a glass or solid heating rod in this model, but in most of their units its a solid rod and the above should work. I would def check the fuse first.

    Craig
     
  5. Slamdunkpro

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    The top roller gets hot on my Base54. It only gets to around 100 degrees.
     
  6. The Equipment Guy

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    Checked with my Seal guy today, they have a quartz heating rod (I think) but the same still applies. He says the more common issue is with the wires disconnecting at the ends of the rods.

    Craig
     
  7. cardsin2005

    cardsin2005 Member

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    I am going to take it apart today and see if I can tell anything. Updates to fallow...:Big Laugh
     
  8. cardsin2005

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    I just took the cover off the side of the unit and all the fuses were fine. The green switch does light up when you turn it on. I let it heat it up for a good 15-20 minutes and still no temp change.

    Slamdunkpro when you say it only get to about 100 degrees, are you talking F or C?

    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
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