AquaTrol has no lights nor display

frosken

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Aug 1, 2020
5
Ottawa, Canada
First of all, this is an awesome forum!

I am trying to troubleshoot my AquaTrol control panel as we noticed that it didn't seem to produce chlorine.

Upon open the door, the instinct was correct: NO LEDs, NO DISPLAY.

With all the other older thread, and checking the AquaRite diagnostics manual, I am still back to square one.

1) I went step by step and I hit my issue at step H: no 5V on the display pins.
2) I tested the thermistor (through the R15).. It's good.
3) fuse is ok

It seems to lead that the board is bad, but I can't find any trace of damage. looking for any ideas before I buy a new board... :/

Please advise what I may have missed...and/or what I should check next...

P.S.: I have some beginner/intermediate electronic knowledge as I collect (and repair) pinball machines... :)

Thanks! :)
 
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C0d3Sp4c3

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Dec 10, 2018
101
NorCal
Most likely the 5vdc supply is missing. Fyi, the Aquatrol and Aquarite share the same onboard low voltage power supply circuit by design.
Locate TP-13 on the top right corner of the pcb and perform the 3 point voltage test as described in post#2 of this thread > Aquarite 940 no lights no display

If TP-13 reads zero volt, test the incoming red terminal for 31vdc, if ok...test the 24v and 5v regulator output. Post a good quality picture of the top right corner of your pcb if you cannot locate the test points.
For reference, see the low voltage power supply schematic diagram > Main Board Circuits & Components
 
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frosken

Member
Aug 1, 2020
5
Ottawa, Canada
Thanks everyone for the speedy replies.

ajw22: Thanks for the link. I did follow the AquaRite manual, which has the same steps and I don<t have the 5vdc for the display board.

C0d3Sp4c3: Thanks! I will check it out today, as soon as it's no longer raining cats and dogs...LOL

will keep all of you posted. :)
 

frosken

Member
Aug 1, 2020
5
Ottawa, Canada
Most likely the 5vdc supply is missing. Fyi, the Aquatrol and Aquarite share the same onboard low voltage power supply circuit by design.
Locate TP-13 on the top right corner of the pcb and perform the 3 point voltage test as described in post#2 of this thread > Aquarite 940 no lights no display

If TP-13 reads zero volt, test the incoming red terminal for 31vdc, if ok...test the 24v and 5v regulator output. Post a good quality picture of the top right corner of your pcb if you cannot locate the test points.
For reference, see the low voltage power supply schematic diagram > Main Board Circuits & Components
I checked the thread and TP13 gives me 5V. TP14: ZERO.

I guess it is the U13/U14 repair that is required...unless you tell me otherwise! :)

thanks!
 

C0d3Sp4c3

Well-known member
Dec 10, 2018
101
NorCal
Good! Replace the U13, part# MAX809JTRG, Digi-Key MAX809JTRGSOSCT-ND.
But before you do, measure the TP-14 and Pin#4 (disp bd removed) resistance against R15. Make sure the measured resistance reading is in kilo or meg range and nowhere near zero ohms.
 

frosken

Member
Aug 1, 2020
5
Ottawa, Canada
With my awesome luck, digikey part is back-ordered 'till the end of September.

Found a new motherboard "fairly cheap" which I should receive tomorrow. Will still order the digikey part when they have stock to fix the old MB.

crossing my fingers that the problem will be resolved! :)

thanks all
 

frosken

Member
Aug 1, 2020
5
Ottawa, Canada
Thanks for the heads up with Mouser...$20 shipping (and possibly duty/taxes) for a $0.71 part sucks though...

I received the new motherboard yesterday and it (obviously) resolved the issue. I do shop fairly often to DigiKey (for my pinball machines) thus I will add the U13 in my next order when they have some stock. it is (unfortunately) easy to rack up $100 in parts and get free shipping w/o duty fees... ;) Then I'll have an extra motherboard if the new one fails ;)

cheers all and again, thanks to everyone for their assistance...
 
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