Breckwell P200i insert starting issues

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windgate

Member
Jan 8, 2014
21
Delmarva
A week ago the pellet stove was running but I started hearing a "squeaking sound" coming from the side with the convection fan. The convection fan stopped blowing, but the fire and pellets continued. I let it run for a little bit without a convection fan before shutting it down.
I replaced the convection fan, but since then it has not been starting. The stove turns on and goes into the start-up process, but the auger is not turning. There is no sound from the auger motor indicating that it is trying to turn. Doesn't appear that the igniter is starting either. The auger motor and igniter are new (last season).
Signs at this point were pointing to the control board. I replaced the fuses - no change. Even ordered a new control board and installed - no change, doing the same thing.

I going to pull the stove and start doing a full diagnostic, but does any of this sound familiar? Anything else I can look at specifically?

Thanks
 

windgate

Member
Jan 8, 2014
21
Delmarva
One update. I was able to access the air switch (vacuum switch) without fully pulling out the insert. I bypassed (jumper-ed) the air switch - no change. I pulled the jumper and it started for a minute, but then shut down and threw an error code ( I assume for the air switch).
This tells me that the air switch is not the issue.
 

windgate

Member
Jan 8, 2014
21
Delmarva
Put direct power to the auger, it turns no problem. Put direct power to the igniter, comes on red hot.
With a new control board I'm running out of places to look next :-(
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
4,042
Eastern Ontario
Does the combustion fan come on when you start it?
Check the Hi-Temp snap switch may be overheated when circulation fan quit
press the red button
 

windgate

Member
Jan 8, 2014
21
Delmarva
Thanks for the feedback, fuses are ok, using a new control board
I bypassed the high limit switch, vacuum switch and switch on the combustion fan - no change.
control board comes on and combustion fan starts, but won't turn the auger or start the igniter.
Frustrating.
 

Mt Bob

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2013
3,953
park county montana
Check for voltage at the auger. If none,follow wiring harness through the items,to the control board, and see if power for it is coming out of control board.
If has power, motor bad or auger jammed.
Look for burned/damaged wire connectors.
Make sure control board switch is in "manual".
You shold not have the proof of fire switch jumped when trying ti light stove.
 

windgate

Member
Jan 8, 2014
21
Delmarva
Thanks, I put direct power to the auger and igniter. both worked no problem with direct power.
I'm starting to think that this is the proof of fire switch. Is there any way to test/bypass that switch?
 

Mt Bob

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2013
3,953
park county montana
The proof of fire switch,commonly also called a low limit switch, remains open until it warms up. It will not keep the stove from initially lighting, Unless perhaps you have it bypassed when trying to start stove. The high limit switch shuts off the auger if it "pops",it is resetable, but it also could be bad.