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Unit wont turn on

The unit has power. The power light comes on and is orange. There is power to the unswitched outlet on the back. When you press the power button nothing happens. Sometimes I get a clicking sound from a brown box that is maybe on a power board inside the unit ( i am not sure what the board is called ) the power cord is connected to this board.

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  • jepenny616 Feb 18, 2008

    All the fuses are good so I guess i am looking to replace the power transformer. Would that be the brown box that I would be hearing the clicking noise from?

  • martiandbill Nov 03, 2008

    I have the same problem. My unit is Model AVR 25II not AVR 25 MKII. I don’t know if that makes a difference. Is there somewhere that I can measure the power supply/transformer voltages (and what are the levels I should see?) that will help determine the problem? Also, where exactly is the internal transformer fuse located? Is there schematics available for this unit, especially the power supply area? Thanks for your help.


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.Hi jepenny

The board you are looking at is the standby cct and power switching PCB. It sounds like that is working, so you have probably lost power to the transformer primary or the transformer is open circuit. Check for blown fuses and replace with exact same type and rating.

Be sure to unplug at the wall before touching any internals!!

If you can find no blown fuses, the power transformer may have failed. Good luck, get back to me here is you need any more advice. Thanks for using "FixYa"


Posted on Feb 18, 2008

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Feb 18, 2008

    The power transformer is the single largest and heaviest part in the amp. There is often a second small power transformer that is used to create the standby power. This is what is powering up the relay you here clicking, and the microprocessor that controls operation of the unit. You really need to be sure the transformer is faulty before just replacing it. Most power transformer have an internal thermal fuse that is notorious for failing. This may be your problem here, but if you are not that familiar with mains voltage power circuits, I strongly recommend you get somebody electrically savvy to look at the amp for you. I can talk them through replacing the thermal fuse inside the transformer for you.

    REMEMBER mains voltages can kill you.

  • thad61 Sep 12, 2011

    My AVR 25 began display these behaviors yesterday. I am "familiar with mains voltage power circuit" (BSEE) and would be interesting in your explanations on how to replace the "thermal fuse" or if this indeed was the problem.


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