transistor problem

goodsguys

Member
2011-02-24 1:31 am
Hi and thanks for reading this post.

My amplifier has been playing up on me and i noticed a swollen capacitor which i replaced with a new one of the same voltage and capacitance.

When reassembled the amp would not work at all, after a few hours of experimentation i noticed a row of transistors which are clipped onto the metal chassis of the amp, obviously this was done by the manufacturer to keep the transistors cool and i had to unclip these to get the board out.

When the transistors are clipped onto the chassis of the amp so in effect they are all sharing one large heatsink the amp does not work, i gave each transistor its own heatsink and now the amp works fine.

Can anyone tell me what is going on.

Many thanks in advance. John.
 

goodsguys

Member
2011-02-24 1:31 am
Hi. Thanks for the replies.

The only thing between the transistors and the chassis was a layer of thermal paste.

When i reassembled the amp i did not put on a new layer of paste, just thought i would power it up for a few seconds to see if the recap had fixed the problem, the power supply made a high pitched whining noise.

So i applied the paste and the whining noise went away but now there is no sound, perhaps the paste was having an insulating effect and separating the transistors from each other and the new paste i am using does not do that.

Can you tell me anything about the electrical insulation between each transistor and sink you mentioned, what is this, is it something i can buy?.

Many thanks. John.