HELP-my incubator won’t heat!!!!

Beaglemomof5

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I’ve got one of the China made incubators that I hope someone can help me with. It won’t get hot enough. It won’t get above about 86 degrees. I’ve put 2 brand new heating elements in it but it hasn’t helped a bit. Can you tell me what else I need to look at? It’s like the one in the pic. I don’t know enough about the parts & their function, but I feel like I should look at something else since it’s not changed with 2 new, different heating elements. Thank you in advance!
 

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ChickenCanoe

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Yes, the thermostat is faulty. If it is heating at all, the wiring is likely fine. And the heating element/s were probably OK. To break it down, you supply power to the thermostat. The temperature drops to the set point, the contacts close and apply power to the heat element till it comes up to temperature then the contacts open to disconnect the power from the heating element.
Does the incubator have two heat elements or was there a reason you installed two?
My first guess is that the thermostat control is way off and that isn't uncommon with untested electrical equipment. Your first choice is to turn the setting up as far as it will go and see what your independent thermometers read.
 
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Beaglemomof5

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Yes, the thermostat is faulty. If it is heating at all, the wiring is likely fine. And the heating element/s were probably OK. To break it down, you supply power to the thermostat. The temperature drops to the set point, the contacts close and apply power to the heat element till it comes up to temperature then the contacts open to disconnect the power from the heating element.
Does the incubator have two heat elements or was there a reason you installed two?
My first guess is that the thermostat control is way off and that isn't uncommon with untested electrical equipment. Your first choice is to turn the setting up as far as it will go and see what your independent thermometers read.

It only has 1 heating element. I had ordered a heating element from 2 different suppliers hoping I’d get one pretty quick as I had a friend that was collecting duck eggs for me, so as soon as the first one arrived, I put it in, which didn’t help, so when the second one arrived, I tried it just to see if it would work, but neither of the new ones helped. I did try turning the setting as high as it would go, but that didn’t work either.
Could you tell me where the thermostat is on the pic I’ve attached? I THINK I know (circled in red), but am not positive. I don’t know what the piece is that I circled in blue. Thank you for your help!!
 

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ChickenCanoe

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The thing circled in red is most likely the sensor. That detects the temperature. The thing circled in blue is likely the thermostat. How many wires go into the blue thing? There should be at least one wire from the sensor, a hot wire and a neutral wire, then a hot wire coming from the thermostat going to the heat element.
 

101atworld

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I have one of those incubators and it also read a much higher temperature than what it really was. I believe the piece circled in red is the thermometer and circled in blue is the hygrometer. I had to adjust the max temperature so that I could set it higher. Hope this helps.
 

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