I'm working on a vacformer and am having trouble with the solid state relay I'm using to control my heating element.
(apologies for the very rudimentary diagram)
I cut my nichrome wire to a very specific length while assuming that the ceramic terminal, the wiring and the relay would only cause a negligible amount of resistance. But after assembling the thing I noticed a massive amount of resistance across the output terminals of my SSR (2.13Kohms according to my multimeter). I found the a very similar resistance on the backup SSR I bought (2.44kohms) and a noticeable amount of resistance across the input pins (138Ohms).
As I'm very new to SSR's and AC power as a whole, I thought I'd check in to see if this is something to be expected from an SSR or if perhaps mine may be faulty.
Edit: I realized I didn't mention that the nichrome wire IS heating up. It's just not hitting the temperatures I'd like to see with the current running through the system.