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Welding machine power on but does not weld repaired. Model: Zika

By on January 4, 2021
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A guy brought this welding machine for repair. It was a Zika machine which is a very good quality machine and kind of expensive to buy but worth it.

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The complaint was it powers on but it does not weld at all. This machine once it was turned on, the yellow warning protection light comes on and the machine goes into safe mode and shuts down. 

This kind of warning means one thing, one or two on the high tension  on the Mosfet area is either shorted or gone open so let us check it out.

zika welding machine repairing

The whole line of Mosfets showed a short to ground symptom but that is a normal reading. Usually one Mosfets could give out such fake reading. All these Mosfets have to be taken out one by one for checking.

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One was found shorted to all its three pins. Once that Mosfet was taken off board the short was gone.

If the machine was powered on at this time, it would come on but I do not recommend to do any welding until that shorted part was replaced with a working one. The Part number is 23N50E.

23n50E datasheet zika welder

Click on the above photo to view the FMH23N50E Datasheet

The part was replaced and the machine was maintained and cleaned. I checked for any bad cold soldering joints but I found none. It was time to turn on the machine and see the outcome.

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It is a little bit out of focus but the reading was 125 DC volts coming out of the negative and positive terminals of the machine. That is a very good sign.

The guy came and tested it out himself and he was happy with the outcome.

Mission Accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Parasuraman S

    January 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    You are a professional 'doctor' for 'welders', as you keep them healthy by bringing back their tools to life!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 5, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Parasuraman: thanks man. have a blessed day

  2. Albert van Bemmelen

    January 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I wouldn't have suspected that such a high voltage could come out of these welders. Since everything above about 42V is no longer considered a safe voltage, and 125 VDC is after all much higher. Thanks for another good welder article!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 5, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Albert: you are most welcome. have a good day

  3. Yogesh Panchal

    January 4, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Good Job!Waleed

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 5, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      Yogesh: thanks man. have a good day

  4. Andrew F. Ali

    January 4, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Most common problem with these are the Mosfets shorting. Excellent work.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      Andrew: that is a very true statement and if you keep most of these Mosfets available at the shop, you would make a lot of repairs. of course some welding machines come with more damage than just mosfets but still mosfets have to be replaced anyway.

  5. Gassan Ali

    January 6, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    The master of inverter welding machine repair. It's so nice of you to always give links to the replacement part.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      January 8, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Gassan: you are most welcome. have a blessed day


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