There are times when model train transformers refuse to work for many reasons and when this happens, people can do many things to ensure restoration. Buying a new one may not be the most cost effective option available and people can consider having the transformer repaired. Some will opt to hire experts who can repair the transformers but for those looking for an easy way to save money, they can undertake the repairs themselves easily. This option is pretty easy but people need to know how to go about it. Too much technical expertise may not be required but there are guides that need to be followed for success to be realized as follows.
Tools for the job are the first consideration and they must be present to ensure a good job. They will be ordinary every day tools that include a screwdriver, tweezers, solder, soldering gun, oxidation remover, wire strippers, spare wires to mention a few. Those who do not have them can hire or borrow from a neighbour easily without any hassles. With tools ready, the repair of train model transformers will begin. It must begin by getting to the significant part or the root of the problem. Consequently, dismantling the model without some consideration might not be the best thing to start with.
People need to find out whether the transformer is emitting any sound and this will be done by plugging it in. If there is a sound, chances are that the problem is with the contacts on the tracks. To remedy this, the contacts on tracks can be replaced. However, they might not need replacing because they can be cleaned to eliminate the problem. Clean them accordingly and test to see whether there is a change before proceeding. When there is no sound produced, this warrants people to dismantle the transformer with a screwdriver to find out more.
People will be looking for several things when they dismantle the model train and they include wires that are loose, disconnected, green-tinted, whitened and so on. These will indicate that there was oxidation that took place. To connect all the disconnected wires, use a soldering gun for best results. Use the same tool to disconnect wires that are oxidized. To get rid of the oxidation, it is pivotal to employ the services of the oxidation remover. All this should repair the transformer and if there is still no change, consider changing the plug because it might be the source of the problem.