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Facial Sauna Steamer Repaired

By on August 19, 2020
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Symptom:  Unit turning ON but water is not getting Hot.

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Note:  This type of heater elements are always on Live AC Current when it   Switched “ON”. Never try to touch the water you will get electric shock.

If you want to check first unplugs it from Mains socket. My first doubt is heating element. Because when I powered it “ON”….. Indicator Light in the switch glows. I.e. power cord is Ok. Now I have opened the unit for further diagnosis.

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I have checked heater element points for some reading in ohm using Multimeter, but I did not get any reading. So suspected heat element is BAD……..for confirming. From the Top side I removed one Bakelite cover and I found metal strip like thing inside.

bakelite insulator

I have removed one screw and found just two metal strips and one insulator in between plates.

this  is how a bakelite insulator look like

That is why I am not getting any reading on multimeter while tested because this is not a heating coil.

Here in this unit plates get hot because electricity is passing electrical current directly through the water with contact of plates hence No heating coil are used (Theory Called as Joule Heating).

Now further what??…… Checked Power Cord found Ok, while toggling On/off Switch indicator light turns ON and OFF respectively so where is problem??……….

Have you seen 2nd Photo with on /off switch wiring ……one terminal of switch is not connected any where……is that Fault..???? No this is a complete circuit. Let me explain you how it works.

facial sauna steamer diagram

On / off switch Empty terminal is connected internally to Neon Indicator Lamp.

 For further diagnosis looks what I found……….                 

repairing facial steamer

When putting power switch in “ON” position one terminal pair showing continuity and other pair showing “open Circuit” that means it does not make contact to respected terminal and current is not passing through . Concluded Switch is faulty. (Neon lamp is Light up because it complete the Circuit before faulty location ).

I have replaced the new switch. Here I am not able to arrange switch with indicator lamp hence I have connected neon lamp separately…..

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Tested the unit after pouring water and it works perfect.

This article was prepared for you by Yogesh Panchal who works as a Computer Hardware Engineer in Mumbai India.

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  1. Parasuraman S

    August 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Well done! You would not leave anything for granted and would bring the result! That's a good spirit, indeed!

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      "Never give up!" I have learned from you and waleed.

      Thank you! Sir.

  2. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 19, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    great job. keep up the good work

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks! Waleed.


    August 20, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I lived in Victoria Australia for a while in the 1980's and there they had kettles with exposed element in the water too!

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Ya.... Phil,
      This types of unit are dangerous for Children.

  4. Mihai

    August 21, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Great job sir, thanks for sharing your experience !

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 21, 2020 at 2:14 pm


      You're Welcome!

  5. Albert van Bemmelen

    August 21, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Good job Yogesh! Never used or owned such a device myself though.

  6. Yogesh Panchal

    August 21, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Now a days more peoples are using it for inhale the warm air fume of herbs to get relief from cold and believing that it give relief in COVID-19 also.

  7. Humberto

    August 27, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Good repair Yogesh. But I have a question: did you take into account the Amps in the new Switch?

  8. Jaffer

    November 30, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Great helped me i have come across with same problem with your help I have done it .Thanks


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