Reed switch inside Strong SRT 12" actuator

Burnham Beech

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My actuator stopped working after five days not in use. I managed to get it working again, but I suspect the reed switch might have an intermittent fault.

I will obtain a replacement reed switch so that if the problem occurs again I can put in a brand new reed switch to eliminate that as a possible cause. The problem is I can't identify the type of reed switch being used - can anyone help?

The motor is a Strong SRT A 12+ (=12" throw), bought in 2002 - 12 trouble free years up to now. When I take off the end plate and the magnet I can see where the reed switch is. But the reed switch itself is covered by a black plastic cover, the black plastic cover itself is firmly fixed in place by plastic lugs in the baseplate. See photo I have uploaded.

Normally I would have forced off the black plastic cover but I don't want to destroy the reed switch - I know how delicate the reed switches are.

I think the possible options are:
- The black plastic cover is separate, and all I need is a standard reed switch to the correct length
- the reed switch is integrated inside the black plastic cover - if that is the case, how do I get a replacement?
 

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I think as long as the size matches the new one, it should be fine.
 

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The whole plastic part can be prised out as one without difficulty and sometimes turning the switch around will fix the issue.

I can probably find something that fits in the shed if you need.
 

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Thanks for the info, and for the kind offer. So far the motor has kept working for 24 hours since I stripped down the end plate and had a clean and "fiddle". Still not absolutely sure as to the root cause of the motor not working after five days inactivity.

No need to raid the shed, I will get a cheap reed switch off the net and have it ready if needed in the future.
 
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