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How can I become more independent and learn to repair my own kiln?

Watching a kiln technician is a great way to learn electric kiln repair. Another is to study the kiln's wiring diagram. Have the manufacturer send you a diagram if you don't have it. (You can often download the diagram from a website.)

The diagram shows how many elements are in the kiln and how they are wired to switches or relays. Some diagrams even show the ohm readings for the elements. Kiln manufacturers draw their wiring diagrams for artists, so the diagrams are easier to read than diagrams meant for auto mechanics or engineers. Relays, switches, elements, etc. are drawn out as simple pictures.

As you study the diagram, you will gradually begin to understand how the kiln works. For switch-operated kilns, the electricity passes through the switches to the elements. For digital kilns, the diagram is a little more complicated, but not much.

You can often diagnose a kiln problem just by looking at the diagram. If you ever open the kiln's switch box to replace an element, compare the actual wiring to the diagram. That will teach you a lot about your kiln.

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