AN UPDATE: I was sure this unit was not in any warranty, but a Facebook group gave me the email of a person in Utah who would repair it. I cringed and wrote.
What a surprise! For $30 I could ship it to him, he would repair anything (ANYTHING) and return it for that flat price. I even wrote to confirm "anything?", because besides the blower motor, I knew a control panel was malfunctioning. Yup, anything!
As it turned out, "There were too many issues with the original unit for me to refurbish. so I ended up getting another newer machine off the shelf and refurbishing that unit." Same price!
I got it back yesterday, roasted a batch and am today sipping on my favorite roast. Wow! I lost two weeks fretting over a solution and shopping for new ones.
At first it was panic and disbelief. Then I turned to tea, which is great but.... Right now I am drinking my daytime and evening drink of carbonated water, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, but the coffee cravings are hitting me hard, which resulted in this post. It's cathartic to let it out.
I've done an initial autopsy and have not found any burned wires or blown circuit boards but I think it is the blower fan so I will go back in to look more closely.
I've done the searches for used home coffee roasters on ebay and Facebook with no results except for one that might be about to fail as well so I passed it up. It had a cracked base, so if it has been dropped other things might start failing. Any other marketplaces to search for a used roaster? I signed up to join a Facebook group that specializes in coffee roasting but not been approved yet. :-(
This was gifted to me a few years back and I have really enjoyed it. There are new models out there but I am reluctant to turn loose of $$$ just to feed my addiction. :-)
Our daughter gave me some roasted beans to hold me over but they are not MY beans, roasted to MY specs. Aren't we a pain when we get this fussy?