Your pellet stove will require routine annual maintenance and cleaning. Following your owner’s manual, you should perform maintenance required on a daily basis. Failure to perform even the most basic routine maintenance, including ash removal, can significantly affect the efficiency of your pellet stove in transferring generated heat into your home.

Daily Maintenance

If proper maintenance is not provided for your pellet stove, it could cease to work properly by not dropping pellets or burning them properly. Burning any type of organic pellet in a dirty stove for any length of time can create a safety hazard. A scheduled annual maintenance for your pellet stove will ensure the appliance has been cleaned thoroughly. If your stove burns low-grade pellets, it will require more frequent cleaning..

Periodic Maintenance

It is imperative to perform periodic maintenance on your pellet stove. You will need to remove the ash out of the burn chamber/ash pan and scrape the burn pot. You will need to rake the ash out of the heat exchanger and clean off the glass. The homeowner, when needed should perform all of this work.

To optimize the performance of your pellet stove, you need to burn only the best available pellets. Without maintenance, the store will decrease its efficiency in harmony with vital components, resulting in costly repairs. Consider only burning superior premium-grade pellet fuel if the pellet stove is the only heat source for your home.

Full-Service Cleaning

Your pellet stove will require a professional annual full-service cleaning of its entire system. An overall full-service cleaning is generally performed after one or 2 tons of fuel had been burned, based on the model of your pellet stove, its fuel selection, and burning habits. It is highly recommended that a full-service cleaning is scheduled at least once every year, preferably during the warmer months, in preparation for the winter.

A full-service cleaning of your pellet stove often involves the removal of all pellets, along with a full inspection of your hopper, and auger plate. Inspections will also be performed on the combustible blower, the convection blower, along with all the terminals and wiring. A thorough cleaning of the fire chamber and inspection of all the seals and heat switches will be conducted.

When all the electrical sensors and igniter have been tested, the technician will start your stove to ensure it functions properly. A yearly maintenance program can greatly improve the efficiency of your pellet stove.