1) yes i did try and swapping out the relays with NO change. When i checked the relay I was only checking for voltage with respect ti chasis ground. In other words the ground of the meter was on the chasis and the hot of the meter showed only 48vdc on one of the pink wires.
2) on the thermistor what i did to test it was to merely check to see if my ohmeter beeped across the terminals of the thermistor. It did not, also it did not show any reading on the the display. It acted as if the terminals of the meter were not even connected. The meter is auto-ranging if that means anything.
I am leaning towards the even heat board only because i am thinking the chances of both relays being bad are slim.
As far as the termistor goes I am hoping i tested it correctly?