Well. I just set up my dehydrator for the first time and filled it with applesauce and sweet potatoes. I turned it on and it seemed to work fine. It cycled off once and came back on, which the hotline people say is normal. Then it turned off a second time and never came on again all night. They say they will replace the top if I send it in, but the postage will cost about half as much as buying a new one and my food will be ruined because I won't be home long enough to use it raw in the next few days.
I've been thinking about voiding the warranty by trying to fix it myself. I have access to electrical parts and a soldering iron but I don't see anything obvious by looking in the holes of the fan. Of course there's no patent number listed anywhere on the box or the product. Anyone have any experience with this? It's a Nesco FD-35 with the top fan.
If this is going to happen again with the new one I think I'd rather get the purchase price back. I hate wasting food. Seal failures are one thing, those are usually my own fault. This is making me want to send them the whole dehydrator will all the trays full of food so they can see what trouble they caused.
Should I send it in and trust that the new one won't send more food into the garbage? Or are Nesco dehydrators pieces of junk?