Englander 25-PDVC gasket and seal replacement questions

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by msh227, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. msh227

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    This will be my fourth burning season with my 25-PDVC and I have a few gasket questions.... if there is a thread on this already please direct me towards it.

    Each year I have replaced the burn pot and combustion blower motor gasket. I would like to replace the combustion blower gasket but since I have to disassemble my exhaust I have not replaced since I bought the stove. I know, I know there are people reading this thread and screaming at their computers that I need to replace immediately. Should I replace immediately or am I okay? When I pull the motor I vacuum and scrap inside the blower as best I can as well as the fan on the motor.

    Also the door seal and pellet door seal have recommended replacement schedules but what am I looking for to determine if my seals are bad and in need of replacing? Both seals appear to be in good condition, just curious if anyone has some insight.

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    Anyone?
     
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    Yes, when you pull the combustion motor you'll need to replace the gasket. Even if you're careful it will most likely fall apart (mine did and it was only 1yr old). I would imagine that both your door seal and hopper seal need replacing at this point but you can do the dollar bill test to determine for sure.
     
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    I'm not familiar with the dollar bill test???
     
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    Close a dollar bill in the door and try to pull it out...repeat over the whole surface. If it pulls out easy then the gasket needs replacing, if it is very difficult to remove then your fine.
     
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    I will give that a try... any fancy tests for the pellet lid?
     
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    You may be able to do the same thing...otherwise I don't know any tests for that one.
     
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    what i look for in the door and window gaskets is this , with the door gasket, check the impression made by the frame make sure its well centered, when you close the door handle its usually stopping before it gets close to "6 o'clock" as the gasket wears this will get closer to the bottom , when you are at the point where its bottoming out its time to change it (usually 3-5 years or more depending on use)

    on the glass the best check is to close the door, turn the unit on and then take a lit match or lighter flame around the edge of the glass on the outside of the door (door closed) if the gasket is leaking the flame should be pulled toward the leak, glass gaskets are usually a 3-5 year expected span as well

    hopper lid, this gasket can be inspected visually , also the latches are adjustable as they flatten out from wear periodically adjust the pawl of the latch upwards to retighten against the seal. when the adjustment is "used up" its time to change it out unless its changed earlier due to visible damage
     
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    Perfect! Thanks for the reply.
     
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