How To Test and Replace a Stove Igniter, Pellet Stove Ignition Troubleshooting

How To Test and Replace a Stove Igniter, Pellet Stove Ignition Troubleshooting

Welcome Back to Pellet Tech 101!

Our igniter video above will cover how to test an igniter element and common things that can be looked at if you are experiencing ignition issues with your stove. When trying to determine if an igniter element has failed there are a couple of simple steps to try before replacing the igniter. First, a simple visual inspection of the igniter element and the wiring going from
the igniter to the control board. Look for any broken or burned wires and make sure that every connection is tight. You will find many variances in igniter design, electrical specifications, and physical dimensions based on your stove, fireplace insert, furnace or boiler. You can generally find detailed information for the igniter in your owners manual or engraved on the igniter itself. We have a running list below for ohm readings on our most common igniters and aftermarket replacements. Please feel free to leave us a comment or contact us for further assistance.

Needing to Replace Your Igniter?

Our first video here will cover igniter replacement for the Harman finned igniter element. This is the most common igniter element used in Harman pellet and coal stoves. Harman will use a pressure igniter in select models; we do have ohm readings for that style element below. If you have a pressure ignition system, be sure to check your air pump when troubleshooting ignition issues.

Our second video here is replacement of a rear mount igniter element. This replacement was on a Winslow PS40, however many makes and models will have a similar rear ignition mount. Please be sure to always have the stove unplugged from the wall when testing or replacing the igniter element or when working on any of the electrical componentry.

Igniter ohms

MAKES/MODELS IGNITER TYPE PART NUMBER OPTIMAL OHM RANGE
Avalon, Austroflamm, Breckwell, Jamestown, Lopi, USSC 250 Watt, 4″ Strait Igniter, Aftermarket AMP-CI4 55.0 – 60.0
Avalon, Austroflamm, Breckwell, Jamestown, Lopi, USSC 250 Watt, 4″ Strait Igniter, Import PH-CI4 54.5 – 63.0
Drolet, Enerzone, Osburn, Flame 300 Watt Threaded Igniter, Aftermarket 44030 | PH-DROLET 46.5-51.0
Englander/Summers Heat/Timber Ridge Cartridge Igniter, 4-3/4″, USA Aftermarket PU-CHA | AMP-CIENG 47.0-50.0
Englander/Summers Heat/Timber Ridge Cartridge Igniter, 4-3/4″, Import Aftermarket PH-CIENG 44.5 – 52.0
Englander/Summers Heat/Timber Ridge 6″ Igniter Element W/Collar, Aftermarket PU-CH6 | PH-CH6 22.0 – 31.0
Englander/Summers Heat/Timber Ridge Smart Stove Igniter W/Bracket AC-CHSS | PH-CHSS 48.5-52.5
Enviro & VistaFlame 400 Watt Igniter, OEM 50-619 32.5 – 39.0
Enviro & VistaFlame 400 Watt Igniter, Aftermarket PH-ENV400 32.5 – 41.0
Enviro, Hudson River, Regency, VistaFlame 300 Watt Igniter, OEM 50-1067 30.0 – 38.0
Enviro, Hudson River, Regency, VistaFlame 300 Watt Igniter, OEM PH-ENV300 40.5 – 49.5
GMG Choice Grills (110V AC Models) 200 Watt Igniter, OEM GMGP29 | P-1079 82.0 – 89.0
GMG Prime Grills (12v DC) & Davy Crockett 100 Watt DC Igniter, OEM P12V-1028 | P-1228 | P-1021 1.8 – 2.2
Harman & Heatilator Finned Igniter OEM 3-20-677200 | AMP-HIFIN 45.0 – 53.0
Harman & Heatilator Finned Igniter Aftermarket  PH-HIFIN 45.0 – 52.0
Harman & Heatilator Pressure Igniter OEM 1-00-10450 | AMP-HPI 29.0 – 35.0
Harman & Heatilator Pressure Igniter Aftermarket PH-HPI TBD
Harman EURO Finned Igniter, 336 Watt, 240V 3-20-04876 | PH-04876 TBD
Kozi Side Entry Igniter, OEM EC2-CAIRK-120 43.0 – 52.0
Kozi Side Entry Igniter, Aftermarket PH-CAIRK-120 50.0-52.5
Kozi Back Entry Igniter, OEM EC2-HA-120 50.0-52.5
Lennox & Iron Strike Winslow PS40 & PI40 Cartridge Igniter, OEM H6005 | AMP-CITUBE 33.0-40.0
Lennox & Iron Strike Winslow PS40 & PI41 Cartridge Igniter, Aftermarket PH-CITUBE 34.5-43.5
Lennox & Whitfield Threaded Igniter, USA Aftermarket H8127 | AMP-WICART 33.0 – 39.5
Lennox & Whitfield Threaded Igniter, Import Aftermarket PH-WICART 35.5-39.0
Napoleon 275 Watt Igniter W/Housing, Aftermarket W010-1949 | PH-1949 48.5 – 57.0
Pacific Energy 400 Watt Flanged Igniter, Aftermarket 80001817 | PH-ENV400 32.5 – 41.0
PelPro & Pleasant Hearth 300 Watt Igniter Kit W/Flange, Aftermarket SRV7000-660 | AMP-660PP 38.0 – 47.0
PelPro & Pleasant Hearth 300 Watt Igniter Kit W/Flange, Import PH-660P 42.5 – 51.0
PelPro & Glowboy Igniter 300 Watt, 5-1/16″ Strait Igniter, Aftermarket KS-5030-1061 |PH-5030-1061 38.0 – 47.0
Quadra-Fire & Heatilator Loop Igniter, 300 Watt OEM 812-3811 | SRV7000-647 43.5 – 53.5
Quadra-Fire & Heatilator Loop Igniter, 300 Watt Aftermarket PH-QILOOP-P 42.5-52.5
Quadra-Fire & Heatilator Loop Igniter, 380 Watt OEM SRV7000-462 35.5 – 43.5
Quadra-Fire & Heatilator Loop Igniter, 380 Watt Aftermarket PH-QILOOP-MF 35.0-43.5
Reliant 3″ Igniter Element, 137 Watt OEM/Aftermarket RP2000 | PH-RP2000 99.0 – 109.0
Ravelli & EcoTeck 6″ Igniter Element, Aftermarket 55213 | PH-R213 40.5 – 49.0
St. Croix (2004+) 4-3/4″ Length W/Welded Hub, OEM 80P52727-R | AMP-SCICART 54.0 – 63.0
St. Croix (2004+) 4-3/4″ Length W/Welded Hub, Aftermarket PH-SCICART 56.5-63.0
St. Croix (2003 & Earlier) 4-1/4″ Length W/Welded Hub, OEM 80P52677-R | AMP-SCSCART 54.0 – 63.0
St. Croix (2003 & Earlier) 4-1/4″ Length W/Welded Hub, Aftermarket PH-SCSCART 54.0-63.0
Thelin Short Threaded Igniter, 2-3/4″ 00-0035-0133 | AMP-0133 73.0-81.5
Thelin Threaded Igniter 3-1/2″, Aftermarket 00-0035-0125 | AMP-0125 54.5 – 60.5
Thelin Long Flex Igniter, 6-3/8″, Aftermarket 00-0035-0137 | AMP-0137 56.0 – 62.0
Thelin Gnome Short Flex Igniter, 5-1/4″, Aftermarket 00-0035-0137 | AMP-0137 58.0 – 64.0
Traeger Grill 200 Watt Igniter, Grills Only  BAC199 | PH-TRG006 63.5 – 72.0
USSC 300 Watt, 5-1/4″ Strait Igniter, OEM 80604 46.0-52.0
USSC 300 Watt, 5-1/4″ Strait Igniter, Aftermarket PH-80604 46.0-52.0

We are always adding to our list here; If you don’t see your igniter on the list, you can leave us a comment on the blog and we’ll do our best to assist. In many cases the manufacturer will have this information as well.

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  • Lisa Kelly says:

    HI, I have a Heatilator Eco Choices PS50 pellet stove that wont ignite. I can manually light the pellets and the stove runs fine. I tested the igniter and it’s reading 46 ohms. Any ideas on what to test next?

    • Earth Sense Energy System says:

      Lisa,

      Thanks for contacting us. We need to check to see if you have a white wire or black wire igniter. Some of the PS50 stoves came with the 380 Watt Loop Igniter and some came with the 300 Watt Loop Igniter.

      Loop Igniter – Black Wire 47.0 – 49.0 Optimal OHM Draw – 43.5 – 53.5
      Loop Igniter – White Wire 37.0 – 39.5 Optimal OHM Draw – 35.5 – 43.5

      If you have a black wire igniter 46 ohms should be fine. If you have the white wire igniter then it would indicate a faulty element at 46 ohms.

      Let us know what you find. If the igniter is indeed good then most likely this would be an issue with the ignition circuit in the control box. We do offer a service where we can test your control box as well.

      Also, it’s important to note that it is the hot air rushing around the element that lights the fire. Make sure the igniter is secured correctly in place and that the air inlet appears to be open and free.

      Keep us posted, happy to help.

      Thanks,
      ESESstoves

      • Lisa Kelly says:

        It’s a replacement black wire igniter. I double checked and it actually reads 47.4 ohms. The igniter does not get hot at all.

  • Lisa Kelly says:

    Hi, I have a Heatilator Eco Choice PS50 stove that will not light. The igniter does not get hot at all. I can manually light the pellets and the stove runs fine. I tested the igniter and it is reading 46 ohms. Any ideas on what to check next?

  • cfjackson2000 says:

    Looking for troubleshooting tips on a P68 igniter

    Replaced the igniter this evening but still not getting a flame, it’s not warm at all. The stove has been cleaned & I’ve checked the gaskets with the dollar bill test, they are good. At start up, the igniter indicator light is a very faint red—I’m assuming this glow is from the lights above it. The status light comes on then goes and stays out.

    The igniter I replaced was working off and on, it took about a week to finally quit. My thought now is I have an issue with my circuit board, does this seem right? What else can I check before buying a board?

    • Earth Sense Energy System says:

      Hey John,

      Thanks for contacting us, happy to assist.

      It would be good to verify whether the igniter light is actually on or off. Maybe use a small piece of cardboard or something similar to single out that light to see if it is actually on. Let’s start with simple things first:

      1. Unplug the stove and flip your igniter toggle switch from auto to manual a few times
      2. Check the ohms on your new igniter to ensure it’s not a dud – A basic multi-meter works just fine. Ohms should read between 45-53

      The status light should also be a solid steady red in normal operation. If the igniter light is out on the board and your status light is out on the board most likely we do have an issue with the board itself – probably something within the igniter timing circuitry. If you do need a new board, link is below. Also video link to install below.

      Platinum Control Board for the P68 – http://pellethead.com/product/harman-platinum-circuit-board-control-panel/
      How to Install Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNAkJ3jDmtM&t=5s
      Overview on Harman Controls Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZErnzd53IA&t=7s

      Any other questions please let us know.

      Thanks,
      ESESstoves

  • Jon says:

    Hi, i have a Pelpro PP130 and it will not ignite. The stove was not feeding pellets and i replaced the auger motor, it still did not feed so i tested the vacuum switch by jumping it and it feeds now! So i replaced the vacuum switch and its back to not feeding unless the switch is bypassed. With the switch bypassed the auger runs and drops pellets, the igniter is glowing red, but stove will not light still.

    • Earth Sense Energy System says:

      Jon,

      Thanks for contacting us, happy to help. Couple things here. It is the super heated air rushing past your igniter that is actually lighting the fire, not the igniter yourself. The vacuum switch will trip if there are:

      1. Leaks in the door or ash pan gasket seals
      2. Restriction from ash build-up in your stove or exhaust
      3. Weak or non-functioning Combustion Blower/Exhaust Fan

      Check the simple things first. Inspect all your gasket seals – make sure they are tight. Check your Combustion/Exhaust motor – make sure it’s running at proper voltage. Make sure you have done a thorough cleaning of the stove and exhaust vent pipe.

      Let’s MAKE SURE the vacuum switch is no longer bypassed no that you have a new one and you know that it’s good. Has to be an issue in one of these sectors or a combination of them.

      We do offer most parts for the PP130, if you need anything just let us know. Any other questions let us know, we are happy to assist.

      Thanks,
      ESESstoves

  • Wendy riesland says:

    I have a Quadra fire mt Vernon ae. We installed the iginitor we brought from you and now the stove doesn’t seem to have power when we plugged it back in

    • pellethead_admin says:

      Thanks for contacting us Wendy, happy to help. So after you replaced the igniter, the stove is not getting any power to it or just the igniter? Is the Wall Thermostat giving any kind of reading or error code? Have you double checked the wall outlet to make sure it hasn’t tripped? Seems very odd – Let’s check the very basics first to see if it’s something simple. If needed we can arrange one of our technicians to call you. Keep us posted, we’ll make sure you are taken care of.

      Thanks,

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