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JimTanguay
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Username: Pizzaman

Post Number: 730
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 67.183.219.98
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It appears my ranco temp controller has crapped out. It works for a few minutes then I get an E-2 error message. I have unplugged it for a while and checked all the connections to no avail. Anyone have any idea what it might be? A bad probe?
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1652
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.252.38.137
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 06:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jim:

http://www.rancoetc.com/pdf/ranco_etc_instructions.pdf


Says the "E-2" error message means:

"Appears if the control settings are not properly stored in memory.
To correct: Check all settings and correct if necessary"

An error code of "EP" means that the probe is open, shorted, or sensing an out-of-range temp.

Not a lot of help, but that's all I can find.

(Message edited by pedwards on November 17, 2008)
 

JimTanguay
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 07:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Paul,
Thats pretty much what I had found too. I have reset the setting with no luck. It looks like it needs to be replaced. I had a spare Johnson controller I hooked up.
Any preference of Ranco vs Johnson controllers?
 

Paul Edwards
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Post Number: 1653
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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 08:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've only used a Ranco ETC digital control in the brewery. My old Johnson controller is analog with a capillary tube. It'd be OK for a freezer controller, which is how I used it until the freezer went tits up.

But I use the Ranco to control my electrically heated HLT, where I want a little tighter control.
 

Michael
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Post Number: 906
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 24.74.166.143
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 01:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mine has the manual little dial knob that clicks on and off as needed....sorry, I cannot help...but I guess there might be hope for less digital solutions. Worked like a charm for 6 years...cheers.
 

Steve Haun
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Post Number: 316
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 69.4.101.231
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 01:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jim:
I use a ranco on my fermentation chamber (chest freezer). I started getting the same error message when I made lagers (50F) but not ales (66F). I switched the controller to celsius mode and it worked fine. If I switched back to farenheit, I got the E2 again. I should email the company but haven't got around to it.
 

Tom Fries
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Username: Tfries

Post Number: 78
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 208.83.194.89
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 06:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My Ranco gives an E2 error code also. I'll give the celsius setting a try.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 9549
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If indeed the controller works only when set to display degrees Celsius (is this an argument for the superiority of the metric system? ), it sounds like a bug in the embedded software. Someone should contact Ranco about this.
 

JimTanguay
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I had seen that using the Celsius mode might work. Unfortunately it did not work for me
 

Tom Fries
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Post Number: 79
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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 06:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That did not work for me either
 

dhacker
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Post Number: 1547
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Johnson A419s here . . a couple of them for a number of years, and never so much as a hiccup.