Convection blower troubles on Avalon Newport Bay pellet insert

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celebrimbor

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Jan 24, 2021
3
Virginia, USA
Hello all,

I bought this pellet insert in 2012 and it's worked great since then. The past month or so I got the feeling that the blower wasn't blowing as hard as it used to, but then convinced myself I must be imagining it. Then last week it failed to come on at all, for several hours, resulting in a very hot hopper top, had to shut it down. Did a cleaning, restarted to try again, same result. SO I pulled out the blower, attached to AC power and it does run OK. Seems like it must be a controls or sensor issue?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to pinpoint the trouble? I would be interested in jumpering something while firing to see if that gets the blower running, however I do not know where the appropriate snap disc is.

It is worth mentioning that while I had the stove pulled away, I did find that the vacuum tube was cracked and splintered at the exhaust duct. I trimmed and re-attached. However, the convection blower still did not engage during my test yesterday.

Hope to get some insight from you all. Thanks in advance!
-Tim
 

celebrimbor

New Member
Jan 24, 2021
3
Virginia, USA
I am test running once again. Once the temp switch activates, I am reading 119 V across the motor terminals, but is not rotating. It did rotate freely when I bench tested last week... That does seem to indicate that my snap disc is OK, at least.
 

celebrimbor

New Member
Jan 24, 2021
3
Virginia, USA
Just to follow up and finish this thread. Today I received the brand new OEM blower that I ordered, and installed it. Everything is now working fine again. I can adjust speed of the blower via the controls again, which I'd been unable to do for most of this winter...

Just threw me for a bit of a loop, since the old blower would actually crank when I hooked to test AC power cord. But it was not functional when connected normally in-place... And I could tell the bearings were not in great shape.
 
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SidecarFlip

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Try keeping the bearings oiled regularly as in end of every season. Lots cheaper than buying a new one. Mine is over 15 years old and runs fine but I service the ENTIRE stove every spring and I mean every motor and every gearbox.