How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Pellet Stove?

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$130
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$400
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Reviewed by Laura Madrigal. Written by Fixr.com.

Pellet stoves rely on electricity to operate. They use compressed pellets made from wood or some other environmentally-friendly material as a fuel source in place of traditional wood logs. The pellets are loaded into the stove’s hopper, where they are transported from the hopper into the heat box. Typically, it requires repair when the burn quality of the pellets is poor, or there is some operational problem with the hopper or heat box. Since it relies on electricity and combustion to function properly, you should always have a skilled technician safely handle all repairs instead of tackling the task yourself.

The most common cause of a pellet stove malfunction is ash buildup, which leads to poor burn quality, ignition failure, and excessive clicking in the hopper/auger. The national average cost to repair a pellet stove is between $300 and $500, with most people paying around $400. You pay around $130 to have the unit thoroughly cleaned at the low end of the spectrum, so all mechanisms function within the stove. At the high end of the spectrum, you pay up to $800 to have a circuit board replaced.

Cost to Repair a Pellet Stove

Pellet Stove Repair Costs
National average cost$400
Average range$300-$500
Minimum cost$130
Maximum cost$800
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Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Project Range

Low
$130
Igniter replacement
Average Cost
$400
Complete cleaning and replacement of the exhaust fan
High
$800
Complete cleaning and replacement of the circuit board


Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Part

To effectively have your pellet stove repaired, you need to have a technician diagnose and repair the stove by replacing one of the operational mechanisms. Parts break for a variety of reasons such as age, excessive use, or manufacturer defects. Repair technicians charge for the part and the labor involved in replacing the part. Below is a table outlining the most common parts that require replacement and their cost.


Pellet Stove Repair Cost

Pellet Stove Repair Cost


PartCost (Materials and Labor)
Igniter Replacement$130-$190
Stove Pipe Repair$170-$230
Blower Replacement$275-$440
Motor Replacement$370-$550
Auger Motor Replacement$380-$600
Circuit Board Repair$500-$800


Pellet Stove Igniter Replacement

The pellet stove ignitor is one of the easiest and cheapest parts to replace. The part typically costs between $30 and $40 depending on the brand and type your unit requires. A technician can switch out the old ignitor and replace it with a new one in about 15 minutes. However, most service companies charge for at least an hour of labor as their base fee. The cost to replace the ignitor averages from $130 to $190.

Stove Pipe Repair

The stove pipe can start to crack or breakaway. Accidents can occur, which can knock the pipe loose. You’ll need to have a section of the stove pipe replaced. The pipe is sold in sections. A single section of stove pipe costs $70 to $80 per section. A repair technician will spend about one hour replacing the section of stove pipe. Costs usually run from $170 to $230 for the part and labor.

Pellet Stove Motor Replacement

The cost of the pellet stove motor averages $70 to $100 depending on the brand. A skilled repair technician will take three hours to replace the motor. The cost runs from $370 to $550 for the labor and the motor. The motor is held in place with various screws. If it’s an older stove, it can take a little muscle to pull the motor free because it becomes stuck as the stove ages. The technician will rewire the motor to make sure it functions correctly and safely.

Pellet Stove Blower Replacement

A blower motor will usually last about ten years in a pellet stove with normal operation during the winter months. A skilled technician can replace the blower in about two hours. The price of the motor averages $75 to $140, depending on brand and size. With labor, the cost of replacement averages $275 to $440. The blower must be removed, and the new one rewired to replace the existing blower after installation.

Pellet Stove Auger Motor Replacement

The pellet stove auger can jam or completely malfunction. The auger is the most common part requiring replacement. The motor typically lasts from five to ten years. Keeping your wood stove clean helps ensure that the auger lasts longer. A skilled technician can replace the auger in three hours. The price of the auger motor averages $80 to $150. To replace the auger motor, labor runs from $380 to $600.

Pellet Stove Circuit Board Repair

The pellet stove circuit board repair is the most costly part. It averages $300 to $500 for the part, depending on the brand, and takes about two hours to replace. The circuit board is complicated. A knowledgeable, experienced repair technician is needed to remove the old board and repair it to operate your stove effectively. Luckily, the circuit boards rarely require replacement. The cost to install a circuit board runs from $500 to $800.


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Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Problem

Everything eventually requires repairs due to aging, even with the best of maintenance. Pellet stove repairs can arise for a variety of reasons. Many factors impact repair costs, such as the brand, part availability, and location. The three most common problems encountered are noisy operation, ash buildup, and no power. Below are frequent problems that require repair.


Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Problem

Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Problem


Common problemSolutionRepair Costs (Parts and Labor)
Pellet stove won’t turn on

Igniter

Temperature switch

$130-$190

$120-$170

Ignitor not working

Igniter

Combustion fan

$130-$190

$300-$575

Pellet stove not feeding

Pressure switch

Feed motor

Circuit board

$115-$175

$370-$550

$500-$800
Low heat output/small flame

Damper unit

Blower

$250-$400

$275-$440

Pellet stove keeps shutting off

Temperature switch

Blower

$120-$170

$275-$440

Fan noise

Blower

Auger

$275-$440

$380- $600


Pellet Stove Won’t Turn On

One of the most frustrating problems is when the pellet stove won’t turn on. This is one of the most common problems to occur. Typically, the two leading causes of the stove not effectively igniting are a broken ignitor or malfunctioning temperature switch. A new ignitor averages $30 to $40 for a new one depending on the model. A temperature switch averages $20 to $40.

Pellet Stove Ignitor Not Working

When the pellet stove ignitor fails, the stove will not ignite. You cannot make the stove create a spark to ignite the pellets. The ignitor can malfunction and need to be replaced. A new ignitor averages $30 to $40 for the part. In some situations, the ignitor might be fine. The malfunctioning part could be the combustion fan that requires replacement. The cost of a new combustion fan averages $100 to $225.

Pellet Stove Not Feeding

Failure of the stove to feed the pellets for combustion can occur if the pressure switch malfunctions. Also, the stove will not feed the pellets if the feed motor stops working or operates slowly or the circuit board stops sending the required signals. A pressure switch costs about $15 to $25. The feed motor runs from $50 to $150 depending on size, make, and model. A circuit board varies in cost from $300 to $400.

Pellet Stove Low Heat Output

If the blower is not operating correctly or runs at a subpar level for speed, it only softly blows the hair. Then the pellet stove can fail to put out heat. A blower costs from $75 to $140 depending on the size and speed. A damper unit controls the oxygen that reaches the flame. If the damper fails, it will not allow a sufficient amount of oxygen to reach the flame, so the stove will not function properly. A new damper unit averages $50 to $100.

Pellet Stove Keeps Shutting Off

A temperature switch malfunction can easily lead to the unit shutting off. Also, a bad blower motor can cause it to shut off because it starts to overheat, which causes the safety precautions in the stove to trigger and shut off to prevent further damage. A temperature switch costs $20 to $30. A blower costs from $75 to $140 depending on the make and model. Bigger blowers tend to cost more than less powerful models.

Pellet Stove Fan Noise

Noise is one of the first indications that there is a problem with your stove. The blower becomes very loud or rattles if it is not functioning correctly. A blower costs $75 to $140. Augers start clicking or popping when there is a problem. The mechanism often breaks or stops working in a pellet stove. They cost from $80 to $150 to replace depending on the size and model.

Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Brand

The cost to repair pellet stoves varies by price. You’ll encounter four leading brands: Harman, Breckwell, Vogelzang, and Whitfield. Each one has its perks and drawbacks. Some might malfunction more than others or have certain parts that fail more frequently. Each one varies in repair costs due to the price of the parts. Usually, when you call a repair technician, their rate per hour for labor is the same regardless of the brand that they are servicing. However, the price of parts varies between brands. Depending on what is wrong, the part might cost as little as $20 or run into the hundreds.

Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Brand

Pellet Stove Repair Cost by Brand


BrandRepair Cost (Parts and Labor)
Harman$120-$800
Breckwell$130-$800
Whitfield$150-$800
Vogelzang$160-$800


Harman Pellet Stove Repair

Harman pellet stoves are a popular brand because they are affordable. When troubleshooting Harman unit problems, most people consider the most common parts to go out. Harman pellet stove ignitor problems are common. The price of an ignitor for a Harman unit cost from $30 to $40 plus labor.

Breckwell Pellet Stove Repair

Breckwell is a popular brand. You’ll be happy to learn that Breckwell pellet stove repair costs are usually affordable. However, repairs are often needed for the Breckwell control board. The circuit boards are costly and go out occasionally. The circuit board typically costs from $300 to $400. You will also need to pay the necessary labor to have the unit installed by a skilled technician.

Whitfield Pellet Stove Repair

Whitfield pellets stove troubleshooting is no different than any other brand. You’ll need to determine the reason the unit is malfunctioning. Ideally, you should call a skilled repair technician to assess the problem. If the pellet stove is not feeding properly, explore Whitfield unit control board troubleshooting because it might have ceased to function correctly. A circuit board runs from $300 to $400, not including labor.

Vogelzang Pellet Stove

The Vogelzang pellet stove has a high heating capacity, making it ideal in locations with severe weather. The stove holds up to three bags of pellets at a time. The parts are usually higher priced than other brands. One of the biggest problems with the Vogelzang units is simply keeping the unit clean. The larger capacity means that its higher burning capacity causes the mechanisms to become dirty, requiring frequent cleaning. Without sufficient cleaning, ash buildup leads to exhaust fan problems. An exhaust fan can cost from $200 to $300 to repair.

Pellet Stove Repair Cost

Working with any type of stove should only be entrusted to professional fireplace technicians. Woodburning stove repair agencies, chimney sweeps, furnace cleaning companies, and pellet stove dealerships offer repair options to clients. The labor cost for your area may reflect that fact. For instance, if a service professional needs to travel a long distance to a rural location for repairs, mileage fees may be added to the final bill with an average of $2 per mile outside of a designated service area.

Typically, an initial fee of $100 will be charged to diagnose the issue with the unit. Once the client accepts the quote, repairs can commence. Some companies apply the initial service fee toward the final repair costs. In most cases, the stove needs to be professionally cleaned first. A thorough cleaning costs in the range of $100 to $300. The company may charge you a flat rate for both inspection and cleaning. You will pay a flat service charge (typically the price of one hour) for pellet stove troubleshooting. Depending on the repair type, a follow-up appointment may be needed. The service agency may offer you a maintenance contract that includes prices for follow-up cleanings and inspections. A maintenance contract costs on the lower end of the $90 to $300 range since the company isn’t charging you extra for heavy buildup.

For repairs, labor costs per hour fall in the range of $100 to $150 per hour when carried out by a repair service. Companies usually charge a higher rate for the first hour of service and discount subsequent hours. For example, the initial hour charge could be $150, with $125 charged for every hour after. A surcharge of $25 per hour may be added if the pellet stove repair technician performs any welding, cutting, and/or fabricating to complete the repair job. If you require cleaning or replacing the exhaust fan, labor costs between $100 and $150 for one hour. Parts cost between $200 and $350 for the cleaning and exhaust fan. The total cost for parts and labor for cleaning the stove and replacing the exhaust fan will be around $300 to $500. A $25 surcharge is often added to the bill if welding, cutting, or fabricating is performed, bringing the total bill to $325 to $525.

Pellet Stove Maintenance

Regular cleaning makes a major difference in preventing pellet stove issues. Manufacturers provide a maintenance schedule to ensure the stove doesn’t have operational issues. Manufacturers recommend pellet types for use with the stove. Follow all manufacturer recommendations to avoid voiding any warranty coverage.

They require once a week cleaning. If you are using the stove frequently, such as during the winter, you might need to clean it every three days. You’ll need to empty the ash drawer and clean out the burning post. You can use an ash vacuum to carry out the task. Wire brushes help scrape the deposits from the burn pot.

Remove any grime and ash from the glass door. Clean the surface of the glass using a simple soap and water mixture. Do not use a brush on the glass, or you could scratch the surface. While cleaning, be sure to check the hopper and auger tubes for any dust buildup. If you see dust, then use a vacuum to remove it.

Take the time to check the joints, seals, and gaskets for leaks. If you suspect a leak, call repair service to schedule an appointment to have a qualified technician look over the stove to ensure it is functioning correctly. You should never try to undertake repairs yourself. Instead, always seek the help of a qualified repairman.

If your wood stove is not functioning right, then you might want to discard any unused pellets. If you leave the pellets in the stove for an extended period, they attract moisture and become wet, making them difficult to ignite. The wet pellets cause the stove and mechanisms to rust. Always use fresh pellets for optimum function and to reduce ash output.

Changing the way you operate the stove could resolve performance issues. Darkened glass and excessive ash are common occurrences when the stove is set at high heat. Changing how you feed the pellets to the unit can remedy issues with the stove. Increasing the feed rate will usually stop problems such as low heat output and a reduced flame. Decreasing the feed rate often resolves problems that include excessive sparks, ash in the embers, and charred embers in the burn pot. Keep in mind a large flame upon lighting is normal for operation. Once the fire stabilizes, the flame will lower.


Pellets on the floor in front of a pellet stove


Pellet Stove Repair Cost Factors

The brand, style, and age of the pellet stove impact the repair cost. A freestanding unit often costs more to repair than the insert type because they have more working parts. High-end brands include Osburn, HearthStone, and Napoleon. Parts for these units will be more expensive than affordable brands such as Harvia and Majestic. For low-cost options, the price to replace the entire unit may be comparable to repair prices. Older model stoves may be very expensive to fix, depending on the problem. Finding original parts for units built before 2000 will be challenging. Sometimes aftermarket parts are available, offering savings for repairs on older units instead of tracking down an original part. Pre-owned parts are discounted if available.

The type of fix needed will be the biggest factor when pricing repairs. Temperature switch repairs are simple fixes, while motor replacements will be priced significantly higher. Pressure switch and temperature switch repairs require fewer labor hours than repairs that require major disassembly of the unit. A switch and sensor replacement may be completed by the technician in an hour for under $150. Major parts replacements, such as for a motor or circuit board, require three to four hours of labor, with a labor cost of around $500.


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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Pellet Stove Cleaning Cost

Keeping your unit clean reduces future costs. The buildup of dirt and grime causes parts to malfunction. You should have a professional cleaning company clean the stove annually at the start of the heating season. In between professional cleanings, you can keep the glass clean by regularly wiping down the surface and removing any ash buildup from the hopper. The cost of pellet stove cleaning averages $200 to $270.

Pellet Stove Paint

Painting your unit renews your stove’s appearance and extends its lifespan by removing rust that compromises its structural integrity. A wire brush removes any rust spots before painting. Use high-heat paint that withstands the temperature produced by the stove. The price of a gallon of 1200-degree high-heat paint averages about $23. A pellet stove technician takes a couple of hours to paint the stove. They charge $100 to $150 per hour.

Pellet Stove Replacement

Estimating the cost of repairs helps you decide if you should keep your original unit or purchase a new one. If the total for labor and parts is more than half the stove’s retail cost, you should consider a replacement. If your unit has broken down repeatedly in the last year, this may be an indication you need a new one. An older model, before the year 2000, should be replaced. Stoves from this era lack modern safety features, and replacement parts are difficult to locate. If you decide to replace it, you will have to pay installation costs in the range of $600 to $900 for freestanding units and over $1,000 for inserts. You may also be charged a haul-away fee of $100 or more for the old unit. Units frequently used to heat a large area need a larger hopper and higher BTU range—usually a minimum of 40,000 BTUs. A freestanding pellet stove with these specifications will fall into the $1,500 to $2,500 price range.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Certified technicians. Choose a technician certified by the National Fireplace Institute. The NFI offers certifications for pellet specialists and ensures professionals have the technical prowess to work on stoves safely. Ask technicians about any warranties or guarantees included with service calls. Companies may offer a customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Used parts. Check for used parts that could be purchased for the repair. Some companies allow the customer to purchase the parts independently and just charge for labor. Customers must speak to repair technicians before choosing to go this route. Not selecting the correct part can delay repair jobs.
  • DIY. Professional assistance is always preferred over DIY options for pellet stove repairs. Laymen do not easily identify issues. Safety is also a concern since any work done must occur after the stove has been powered off for at least 20 minutes.

FAQs

  • How much does it cost to clean a pellet stove?

The cost to have a pellet stove cleaned averages $100 to $300. During the cleaning, the technician inspects the stove to ensure it is functioning properly and requires no further repairs.

  • Why does my pellet stove keep shutting off?

A malfunctioning temperature switch can lead to the pellet stove shutting on and off. The temperature switch wrongly believes that the stove has reached its target temperature and triggers it to shut off. Replacing the temperature switch solves the problem. A blower that is weak or has stopped functioning causes the stove to overheat and shut off.

  • How long does a bag of wood pellets last?

A single bag of pellets lasts 24 hours in an average pellet stove. However, a large capacity Vogelzang unitholds up to three bags of pellets and lasts for up to 60 hours of continuous run time.

  • How do you reset a pellet stove?

Turn the stove off for a few seconds and then turn it back on to reset the pellet stove.

  • How often should you service a pellet stove?

You should service the pellet stove at least once a year. Ideally, have it professionally serviced right before the start of the heating season.

  • How long should a pellet stove cool before cleaning?

Always let your pellet stove cool for at least 24 hours before cleaning the stove because many internal parts remain hot even if the stove is not in use.

  • Do pellet stove chimneys need to be cleaned?

Yes, the chimneys of pellet stoves need to be cleaned. Pellets are formed from wood or other combustible material, which leave debris in the chimney. Having your chimney cleaned averages $100 to $300. Ideally, you should have the chimney cleaned at least once before the start of the heating season.

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The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources