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Hi my tc finalizer (upgradet to fin plus) recently stays switches off. the problem is always after switching on the complete environment. it needs a while that th tc ´s display is lighted. these periods seemed to get longer and longer. today the tc seems to stay dead. any solutions? thanks, walter

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First try the self test function.

If it will not respond I suspect the unit has a power supply problem and will require servicing. This is an internal thing and not DIY unless you have electronic experience.

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