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Hello, I have a one year old pulse fence charger that had an unfortunate swim and stopped working.  Has anyone been able to get one fixed? I'm not going to try it myself and the only place I could find to fix it charges $35 just to diagnose and I'd have to send it in. If it's unfixable I don't want to pay that. Thanks everyone.
 
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Hi Grace-

There's usually a couple different components inside a fence charger. There's a little circuitboard with sensitive electronics on it, maybe that went bad and those are fairly easy to swap out. The capacitor, which looks like a round cylinder, may have gone bad. There may be a transformer inside them that could have gone bad, if it's a kind that plugs into a 110v outlet. There's a coil inside there too, which ramps up the voltage to (generally) 10,000 volts for the pulse. Each component ought to be a separate unit inside, it makes for easy assembly during manufacturing. Everything is modular and easy to swap out. The parts themselves aren't terribly expensive, ranging from $10 to $60 or more, depending on the size of the fence charger. I think it's just a gamble to pay $35 to find out if it's a $10 part or if multiple parts are bad and with the 20 or 30 minutes of labor (but billed as an hour) to fix it could potentially cost a couple hundred bucks to repair.  
 
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Well, I suggest looking for a fuse or a fusible link. (especially if it was powered on when it went swimming) Those are cheap & usually easy to replace. Beyond that it's probably not economical to repair unless you know electronic troubleshooting & repair. And perhaps unsafe even if you do get it working again. Good luck.

Same thing only different. Many years ago I was a military repair geek. Was out supporting a field exercise when a rather high ranking officer came to our portable shop to get help with his trailer mounted radar. Went with him to take a look even though it wasn't one we normally supported. Opened up a cover or two & discovered some moisture inside. Told him NOT to use it & to bring it to our regular shop when we all returned home. A couple weeks later he did bring it to our regular shop. Opened it again & saw everything was thoroughly fried. He admitted that he did try to use it again because he thought it had sufficient time to dry. A couple million tax dollars needlessly wasted.
 
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