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Problems with fryer

Fryer lights up goes on then temp continues to climb past control setting, then shuts down. example Temp is set to 350 degrees and fryer stays lit untill it reachs over 400 degrees then it shuts down and pilot light goes out as well.

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Re: problems with fryer

Your problem is the thermostat is bad.the reason it shuts down is that it trips the hi limit.the hi limit is a saftey device that shuts the system down so the oil doesnt get too hot and catch on fire.remove all the oil from the tank and you should see 2 skinny metal bulbs one is the hi limit bulb the other is the t-stat bulb,make sure they are secured to the bracket.if the t-stat bulb isnt you will also have this issue,simply reattach it.let me know.

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