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Old 22-07-2011, 05:20   #1
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Unhappy Robertson AP20 - Water Damage

Good day - - caught in a thunderstorm - - deluge of rain - - control unit got lots of water into circuit board...was told by dealer to thoroughly dry it and even suggested putting it a very warm place for a day or two (e.g., oven). Has anyone had experience with this control unit? Suggestions?

Unit will not power up.

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Old 22-07-2011, 06:09   #2
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Old 23-07-2011, 08:14   #3
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Re: Robertson AP20 - Water Damage

put it in bowl full of white rice (uncooked) and seal in plastic bag. the rice absorbs water.
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Old 23-07-2011, 10:34   #4
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Re: Robertson AP20 - Water Damage

If you use the oven either jsut leave the pilor light on or warm the oven and then turn it off. I like the rice idea too, how about in a pan of rice in a warm oven?
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Re: Robertson AP20 - Water Damage

If yoou have access to a "Food Saver", put the control head in one of the vacume cannisters and pull a good vacume on it. The moisture will "boil off" quickly and you may avoid corrosion on the board. One thing I don't understand, however, is how the control head might have been breached. We have essentially the same unit at our helm station and that has endured virtually any weather we've thrown at it without a flinch.

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Old 23-07-2011, 12:10   #6
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Re: Robertson AP20 - Water Damage

The problem can also be due to the wiring getting wet, especially the plug on the back of the control head--check there for signs of moisture and/or corrosion.

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