I bought four tons of Hamer's from Bucks Pellets last year and had to empty my insert's ash pan every three days! When I finally ran out and replenished with whatever Lowes had, the volume of ash drastically declined.
I have an automotive cleaning kit that includes small hose attachment that fits my shop vac. I use this hose to clean the igniter area. It works great to get to the recessed areas in the sides of the compartment and then direct it upwards to get the bottom of the igniter.
Once the blockage is removed, the Harman brush does a good job at keeping it clear. I clean the pathways as part of my weekly cleaning. I find it helpful to use needle nose pliers to get the brush that extra couple of inches so that I can see it with a flashlight on the other side.
Not true. I frequently run the furnace at times to bring raise the temperature in the house when the outside temps get very low. The furnace does not cause my Accentra to cycle off. It does help that the furnace's thermostat is in a different room than the insert.
A lot of ash can build up in a week and affect the stove's performance if you are running it 24x7. This is especially true in our situation where we are using an Accentra Insert to heat our 3200 sq ft. home.
I get very good results from my ceiling fan in distributing the heat, but I run it on low.
I had read that if you use a ceiling fan in reverse in the winter, it should be at its lowest setting to minimize cooling the heated air.
Just a thought.
The flame looks a little narrow. When you did your full cleaning, did you remove any carbon buildup that may have been on the flame guide?
I can't tell from the picture if that is ash or carbon on both sides of the flame guide.
Unfortunately, I can't test the igniter at the moment since it's fried. If the triac or control board were suspect, would that be detected by the diagnostic tool? The first time the igniter broke down, the tech ran the diagnostic tool and all was well.
I've been happy with the consistent room temperature that room temp mode delivers. While in Room Temp mode, my accentra has never turned off and then fired up again. Maybe that's another symptom to the problem.
Well, there goes another igniter!
This is the fourth igniter that has failed in my Accentra Insert in the two years that I have owned it.
Unfortunately, this last time, the igniter went out just after the two year electronic warranty expired.
The new igniters have all been the newer model, which...
I have an Accentra insert. I seal off the OAK where it terminates on the outside wall with gorilla tape, to prevent the humid air, as well as bugs from entering the OAK. For the exhaust, I will be sliding the insert out and then taping aluminum foil on the frame to cover the exhaust opening...
I bought a detail brush kit from Pep Boys for $5. It includes a stainless steel brush that does a great job cleaning the recessed sections of the heat exchange walls.
The brushes are similiar in size to a tooth brush.
Carrand Grip-Tech Combo Detail Brush Kit
Deluxe Detail Brush Set
Here are a couple of things to consider regarding these inserts. The Harman and the Enviro M55 inserts slide out on rails when you want to do a deep cleaning on the unit.
The Mt. Vernon does not. These beasts are quite heavy so don't underestimate this feature.
Do you have a masonry or...
According to our installer, the draft reading was spot on, but our flame is quite strong, i.e. a blow torch when going full bore.
Since we have an OAK that is easily accessible on the outside of the house, I can tape part of it to restrict the airflow.
Besides the flame strength, what advantage...
I set the fan in the middle position between L and H. I prefer Room Temp mode since it provides a consistent temperature regardless of the outside temp. I extended the wire on the room temp probe and it is located about ten feet from the stove, four feet off the ground. Occasionally, I will...