England Stove Works, Englander Auger Feed Motor Service & Troubleshooting

England Stove Works, Englander Auger Feed Motor Service & Troubleshooting

The Englander line of pellet stoves has been notorious for premature auger motor failures. The original factory auger motors for both the upper and lower fuel drive were sleeve bushing motors. These motors generally created more noise during operation as well as having a shorter life span.

In most cases the auger motors will start to squeal/grind, turn slower, or stop working all-together when reaching the end of their life span. Keep in mind that both the high limit switch and vacuum switch in the Englander stove line can shut down the auger motor operation if there is a safety issue at hand and/or if the switch or switches are faulty. If one or both of your auger motors have stopped working, the easiest way to troubleshoot is to test the auger motor to direct power. Watch How-To Direct Test Your Auger Motor


If your auger motor is operating correctly when given direct power, but not operating in your stove, check the simple things first.

– Clean out your fuel hopper and make sure there are no foreign objects or obstructions.

– Check the wiring going to the auger motor, high limit switch, and vacuum switch. Make sure wires are securely connected and there are no breaks or deterioration to the wires.

– Create a ‘jumper wire’ to bypass your high limit and/or vacuum switch. Learn How *VERY IMPORTANT to never leave a safety switch bypassed, only for troubleshooting purposes. If you bypass one of the switches and your auger motor starts working, it may be the switch itself or a safety issue at hand that is preventing the switch from locking in as it should. The high limit switch will generally trip if either the burnpot gets backed up with fuel, combustion motor is weak, or the convection motor is weak or not operating properly. The vacuum switch will generally trip if the gasket seals are worn/loose around the door, ash pan or combustion motor. The vacuum switch will also trip if the exhaust motor housing or venting is plugged or if the exhaust motor is weak/not operating properly.

If you require a new auger motor for your stove we offer top of the line replacements with the best warranty at the guaranteed lowest price with the fastest shipping. As always, we offer lifetime service and support with all purchases. With the Nations top NFI tech team, we are confident in getting issues resolved and getting you the right parts you need the first time around.

The majority of Englander stove models will use a 1 RPM Counter Clockwise auger motor for both the upper and lower auger drives. Some models will use a 2 RPM and some models will use a 4 RPM auger motor. Double check your motor label or owners manual and please contact us for assistance if you require help.

Most original factory auger motors had direct spades on the motor for electrical connection. Our replacement motors have upgraded wire leads for connection and will connect to the wires coming to the auger motor in the same fashion. It does not matter which lead wire connects to which colored wire from the auger motor when installing.

For installation, most models have a simple set screw that you loosen and then wiggle the auger motor to come off. In other models there may be a cotter/set pin holding the auger motor to the auger shaft. We do offer both styles of motors for easy installation and correct replacement. If your auger motor attaches with a set screw, make sure when installing the new motor that the flat side of the motor shaft is lined up with the set screw before tightening and that the motor is inserted all the way in to the auger shaft/collar.

Links below for all Englander Auger Feed Motor Replacements.

1 RPM CCW Motors:

Purchase the USA Made 1 RPM Counter Clockwise Auger Motor

Purchase the Import 1 RPM Counter Clockwise Auger Motor

Purchase the USA Made 1 RPM Counter Clockwise Auger Motor WITH Hole in the Shaft

Purchase the Import 1 RPM Counter Clockwise Auger Motor WITH Hole in the Shaft

2 RPM CW Motors:

Purchase the USA Made 2 RPM Clockwise Auger Motor

Purchase the Import 2 RPM Clockwise Auger Motor

4 RPM CW Motors:

Purchase the USA Made 4 RPM Clockwise Auger Motor

Purchase the Import 4 RPM Clockwise Auger Motor

*In the event you need to reverse the direction of your auger motor, watch this video.

We are always happy to assist. If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact us. If you found this blog helpful we would love a comment from you.


Mr. Pellethead

  • Luke Mckerley says:

    My upper auger won’t work swaped wires with lower auger and works fine . Motor isn’t getting power . By passed the safety switch still not power I thinking the ground is bad ?

    • pellethead_admin says:

      Thanks for contacting us. We would suggest using a volt-meter and tracing the power from the upper auger motor wires to see where the power is being cut. Inspect the wires and wire harness closely to see if there are any breaks, cracks or disconnection. Happy to help.


    • Steven Zibell says:

      Auger for1993 pellet stove England, Auger motor serial #004959. Need replacement.

  • Cody J says:

    Hello, I have an England stove that I’m having a problem with but not with the augur. This is just the only place I saw an England stove troubleshooting article.

    I’ve prepared the stove for colder weather; cleaned it, checked all the connections, chimney sweep, etc. The stove runs great for about 8-12 hours, then shuts off displaying an E1 code. Did some research, saw that it was a vacuum seal error code. Did some more checking around the stove and saw the vacuum hose was cracked due to age where it connects to the blower. Replaced the hose, rechecked all connections, but again, 12 hours and it turns itself off. Is there something else I can do?

    • pellethead_admin says:

      Thanks for contacting us Cody. Very interesting that the stove would run for this length of time before shutting down and giving you the E1 error code. Let’s double check the door and ash pan gasket (if applicable on your model). Stick a piece of paper half in, half out – shut the door, see how much resistance there is. Should be heavy resistance. Check in multiple areas around the door. Be sure the stove is off while doing this gasket test.

      How does your fire look when it’s operating? Does it appear crisp and torchy or is it lazy in anyway?

      May be good to see if there are voltage irregularities on the combustion blower from start-up to 1 hr in, 5hrs in, 8hrs in etc.. Possible we could be losing voltage and RPM over time when running causing the vac switch to trip.

      Being that you thoroughly cleaned the unit and venting, only other thing I can think of would be that the vac switch itself may be acting up in operation. It’s rare as normally if there is an issue it’s going to happen right away not 8-12 hours in.

      One last thing that came to mind – is there any heavy wind that may be blowing into the outside exhaust vent pipe? Wind blowing in the vent pipe can trip the vacuum switch.

      Keep us posted. Thanks.

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