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Hey there guys, I got a Lite f/x fog machine today for several reasons one of them being ive always wanted one.

I carefully unpackaged it plugged in its little flip switch and let it heat up. After a few minuets i pushed the button and nothing happened. So I switched to the timer attachment rather then the swtich. The fog at first cam trickling out like it was from a cigarette, concerned id turned it on to soon i flipped the switch off and gave the manual for the timer a look over. Reading that it could be on while heating up I flipped it back on. This time however nothing came out, the light labeled " Heating " flickered on and off now and again at regular intervals which I contributed to what the manual reffered to as " Recycling " Lookin through the slot with a flsh light I can see the fluid is in the tube leading to what I imagine makes the fog but its sitting there even with the machine on no movement at all.

If anyone has any suggestions id appreciate them, I would hate having to tell someone that the gift they were so excited to give me is a defect.
 

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FWIW, plenty of foggers suffer from out-of-box failures. Your problem could be a number of things.
Which model is it? Do you hear a buzzing sound at any time, indicating that the pump is running? Check the socket that the manual switch plugs into and make sure it's tight.
 

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I hear it when I push the switch piece and when the heating light comes on for the timer piece. and unless im reading the wrong bit its Model No. 1741'

Edit: Correction, I do not hear anything when i hit the switch. That means the pump is busted and im sol, doesnt it?
 

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A 1741, eh? I have one of those, too, they're usually very reliable. They're older foggers, so the problem could be a stuck piston in the pump, or possibly a wiring issue. Here's a how-to for checking the pump that I wrote up a while back:

http://www.modd3d.com/articles/item/lite-fx-fogger-pump-repair/catid/15

Start with this and see if it helps. Be a shame to lose that machine - mine has been running pretty strong for about 8 years now. I did need to clean out the heat exchanger this year, though.
 

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Warranty

Otaku,

Might be a better idea to fill in the warranty card and call for repair. If the unit is taken apart it could void the warranty, and it might be something not repairable. I am always suspect of out of box failures. Plus as a tech I worry a bit the fact that in fogger's you do have 110 volt easily touched.
 

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Otaku,

Might be a better idea to fill in the warranty card and call for repair. If the unit is taken apart it could void the warranty, and it might be something not repairable. I am always suspect of out of box failures. Plus as a tech I worry a bit the fact that in fogger's you do have 110 volt easily touched.
Definitely the best way to go, but I thought that the 1741 has been out of production for several years. I know I haven't seen any except on eBay. Giygas, if the fogger is a new machine and has a current warranty then take spinman's advice and let the factory do the work.
 

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Out of production? Did not know that.

Otaku,

You may be right re warranty. What we might have here is a unit purchased off Ebay. Maybe the unit was used once then re boxed. As we all know that is a very common reason for the pump to get clogged or stuck. So using your pump inspection may indeed be the only option. That or return to the seller.
 

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This unit is most definitely out of production. The limited warranty, if there was one, was likely one year from date of purchase at a retailer. I'm guessing this unit was purchased on eBay.

FWIW, sending in the "warranty card" (product registration) for a product is usually only used for marketing purposes and does not "activate" the warranty. (You activate the warranty once you purchase the product.)
This is a deceptive practice of many manufacturers to get your information for their marketing database.
 

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This is a deceptive practice of many manufacturers to get your information for their marketing database.
LOL, you bet. Why else would a manufacturer of a coffee maker need to know how much money I make, what the ages of my kids are, whether I hunt or fish and so on.

Giygas, did you look into returning the fogger to the seller? Just curious as to the outcome of this.
 
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