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Why Does My Pellet Stove Keep Shutting Off?

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This guide will help you find out why your pellet stove keeps shutting off—and what you can do about it.

This guide will help you find out why your pellet stove keeps shutting off—and what you can do about it.

Does Your Pellet Stove Keep Going Out?

Pellet stoves can make life much easier for those who are in need of heating, offering outstanding efficiency and precise temperature control. Indeed, out of the many other kinds of stoves available, you will likely find that a pellet stove wins the day on just about every call that you could realistically make.

With that in mind, we highly recommend that you look at your pellet stove and start using it more often than not. With easy and simplistic cleaning, a neutral carbon balance, and an affordable fuel source, you can find that pellet stoves simply make your day-to-day duties and tasks a whole lot easier to deal with and overcome. But one problem you might have with a pellet stove is that it keeps shutting off!

For many pellet stove owners of various brands and styles, the needless on/off battle can become tedious in the extreme. If you are tired of dealing with such a stressful scenario, then we recommend that you look into our guide below that might help you get maximum use from your pellet stove.

Get to Know Your Pellet Stove

The first thing we recommend that you do is read the manual that is provided with your stove. That might sound obvious and forgive us for insulting your intellect, but sometimes it really does just require a reread of the manual.

This can often be a useful thing to do after, say, one to two weeks of regular usage. You should now know a bit more about your pellet stove and what it actually does, as well as how it reacts to your decision-making. This can mean that reading over the manual soon allows for you to get quite a few "ah, so that’s what that does!" moments that can mean operating your pellet stove becomes a much easier experience overall.

Another thing that we recommend you do is to look through the FAQ section for your chosen pellet stove on the manufacturer's website. This can often give you some good ideas about what might be going wrong with your pellet stove. This is quite a common issue that many people have, so you might find that simply asking around can give you some useful ideas about what to do next.

Quirks of Modern Units

Something else we recommend you note is how most newer pellet stove systems operate. If you are using something that is more than, say, five years old, this might not matter to you. For many people, the main thing that you should look out for here is a little light on the unit. Most pellet stoves today carry some kind of little light on the front of your stove. When this flashes, you will also be given a reason for the flames shutting down.

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You should keep an eye out for that, as it should give you some clear ideas about what the problem at hand is. More importantly, it will either tell you directly on the stove what the problem is or it will give you some kind of error code. This is then a case of looking through the manual for your pellet stove or simply doing an online search for the error code that you are being given.

This is a useful thing to check out, so keep that in mind when evaluating why your pellet stove might be on the blink.

Top Reasons Pellet Stoves Shut Off

While every stove is different, the most common reasons for your pellet stove not operating anymore include the following:

  • It's dirty: If the unit is dirty, it can cause the stove to have trouble actually getting the fire going. You should keep that in mind and then clean out your unit ASAP.
  • Minimal air adjustment: This means that the sensors cannot get enough heat transmitted to them. The solution here is to find out what is causing the air adjustment issues and correct them.
  • Wear and tear: This can play a role, too. Over time, your pellet stove might have parts that simply begin to lose their efficiency or stop working entirely.
  • Incorrect feeding: The pellets might be incorrectly fed. This is often caused by a problem that comes from wear and tear. At this point, you might be better contacting an expert to inspect the damage being done.

So, when looking into your pellet stove, be sure to keep the above ideas in mind as reasons why it might not be working exactly as it was expected to. If you do that, you should find it much easier to get your pellet stove to actually start working again.

What If It Still Won’t Work?

If nothing else is working, you should reach out for help from a local repair service. Pellet stove repair is something that is going to help provide many more years of usefulness and efficiency. Try and keep that in mind, as making the investment is going to be worthwhile—the cost of a new pellet stove will almost always outweigh the cost of any repair and replacement that is needed.

For the most part, you can find that getting a replacement part is going to solve the problem and return your pellet stove to full working order. If you find it hard to get the most out of your stove, then you should definitely try to look it over for things like physical damage and wear and tear.

These tend to be the most common reasons, so a bit of close evaluation can often allow you to easily work out where the problems lie. You can then make a swift and simple change, allowing you to get a pellet stove that works just fine.

Take the time to troubleshoot the issue, and call a repair expert if you are having problems in finding the cause of the issue.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Bradley Morrison

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