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Whitfield Advantage II Problem

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by tandem86, Sep 5, 2008.

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  1. tandem86

    tandem86 New Member

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    I have a Whitfield Advantage II insert serial #94256 (about 12 yrs old) and when you hit the start button all lights on the panel flash and then go off. Once and a while it does start and everything works fine. Just don't want to be stuck after a mid winter cleaning with it not starting. Any ideas would be great.
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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Are we assuming that you are the original owner, and have the owners manual? If so, there should be a troubleshooting section. If not, you may want to contact the company to get one, and also talk to tech service.
  3. tandem86

    tandem86 New Member

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    Yes original owner and the manual is not helping
  4. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Well, either wait for possible help on this forum, or call company and talk to tech service...I think I'd make the call.
  5. mkmh

    mkmh New Member

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    Most stoves run a diagnostic/system check as part of the start up cycle. This is to ensure that things are safe for beginning the ignition cycle. When something in the series is "amiss" you will get a code on the board, and that is what sounds like is happening.
    One thing is could be is that you have a gasket that is failing (hopper, or front door) and the system is failing the vacuum test. There could also be an obstruction in the exhaust system.
    I would call the company or reputable dealer for a quick answer to what that response is indicating.
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    Do any of the fans come on before you get the blinking or is it fairly immediate?
  7. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    That symptom is usually indicative of a bad control board. Check the fuse in the back. If you go looking for a new control board make sure you have your serial # with you. There were several models of advantage and some different revisions on the control boards. Don't be surprised if a new one is big $$$.
  8. tandem86

    tandem86 New Member

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    Yes fans start very breifly, than shut off.

    Found this If I unplug the exhaust blower the unit powers on ???????? Maybe onto something here

    Boy do you learn alot here..........
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    Sorry to say but 99.9% chance that Delta-T hit it right on the nose. I've serviced and sold tons of whitfields, and if the light blinks when you hit the start button then the board is almost always bad. Easy to change though, just plug-n-play.

    Edit: When you call for parts or repair, be sure and check the model# closely, You probably have an Advantage II-T, I haven't seen any II's with an electronic control board. If the board has: Start, blower, heat output, auger buttons with 5 lights each at the blower and the heat output buttons, its a II-T
  10. tandem86

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    Found it, It was the control panel. ($270)Thank you everyone for the help.
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