The average Whitfield or Lennox factory auger motor will last approximately 6-8 seasons running fairly consistently in season during moderate to severe climates. We have seen some go 10+ years, and some go in under a year, but the average is 6-8. As the auger feed motor is getting towards the end of its life it may grow louder in operation, have intermittent operation, inconsistency in pellet delivery to the fire pot, it may be leaking grease or flat out stop working all together.
The auger feed motor can be ‘Bench Tested’. Testing it outside the stove can allow you to ensure the motor itself is bad and not something else in the stove (most units have safety switches and features that will not allow the auger motor to run if there is a safety concern or if the device/switch itself is faulty.) To run a bench test simply get an old 2 wire cord, snip the ends and put female connectors on the wires. Connect the cord wires to the auger motor wires or leads on the motor (doesn’t matter which connects to which) and plug into a normal 120v wall outlet. With a pliers you can grip the shaft to see if there is good torque- unless your a body builder, you shouldn’t be able to stop the shaft from turning.
The new replacement motors Earth Sense offers are made right here in the U.S. by American workers. We purchase the highest quality motor manufactured. This replacement motor is needle point ball bearing with the highest grade, heaviest duty gear box on the market. There is no rear cooling fan as this motor runs considerably cooler than the original. Ordering factory direct in high volume allows us to offer the best motor built for less than half the price of the original OEM and other replacements on the market! All motors are tested prior to shipment and come with a full 1 year manufacturer guarantee.
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