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Whitfield 20 control board issue

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by sheetmetaldan, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. sheetmetaldan

    sheetmetaldan New Member

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    Not sure if anyone can help me with this but i`ll toss it out there anyway,maybe someone has seen this before. A few weeks ago one of the yellow and red lights have gone out on the control board as can be seen in the photos. I had turned it on then off and back on to prime the auger like the manual states. The stove still works. When I adjust the fan speed I can hear it chage speed for low,med and high. Same thing with the feed rate. I can`t be sure but it feels like it is putting out less heat now. Since I bought it second hand for $500 and control boards for this unit are around $300 I don`t want to put that kind of money into this dinosaur. I have recently done a cleaning even used the leaf blower trick. so I don`t think the heat output is related to a dirty stove issue. 100_2681.JPG 100_2685.JPG

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  2. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Thats a new one. What happens when you turn it up to 11?
  3. sheetmetaldan

    sheetmetaldan New Member

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    Now why didn`t I think of that! ;lol
  4. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    If it works okay otherwise, I'd assume the LED or its driver is bad. They do have a finite life span, albeit a long one. Some do fail early, though. (I'm assuming those are LEDs.)
  5. Phil Do's fire.

    Phil Do's fire. Minister of Fire

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    Burned out LED. You can adjust the feed rate by opening the lower panel. I had a profile 30. If the board fails it will not allow the stove to work:)
  6. sheetmetaldan

    sheetmetaldan New Member

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    I can still make adjustments at the lower panel if I need to. If you notice in my first pic the led that is 3`rd down from the top on the heat setting is out and the led on the blower is out as well in the same spot. I find it hard to believe those 2 led`s died at exactly the same time. This happened when I turned it on and off too quickly that is when the problem first surfaced. Seems like I only wounded my control panel and not delivered the death blow to it. As long as it keeps working I can live with it. I was hoping to get around 3 seasons with it then posibly upgrade.
  7. Phil Do's fire.

    Phil Do's fire. Minister of Fire

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    The LED driver failed, you shouldn't have a problem with it. Are you using a Tripp light surge protecto?r (24 bucks @ amazon)

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