Originally Posted by hookedonrc
I have a new Trak Power soldering station that I really like. I am soldering with it set at 800 degrees. I used it last night to solder a aileron pushrod and silly me, I forgot to turn it off. Didn't burn down the house, but am wondering if I damaged it?
Well ya know ya didn't burn it out , or it wouldn't still be getting hot . The thing you may want to check is if the prolonged heating caused any failure of the temperature control circuit . To do that , I would take one of those "infrared" digital thermometers and set the iron for a specific temp and see if the meter agrees with the set temp . You have likely shortened the life of the heating element , but if average life is say 5000 hours and you burned 24 of them , you'd still have about 4976 hours of service life left .
PS , having a one shot , one hour timer for such devices would ensure that it could not be left on more than one hour at a time . Your local electronic hobbyist supply store (and no , NOT Radio Shack) can help ya out there .
Good Luck and Happy Flying ....