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Peerless PI-80, F14 Fault
I have a Peerless PI-80 installed (+/- 7 years). I am by no means experienced with heating systems but have found myself in a situation where I need to go a bit outside the typical call to my heating contractor to get some help and info; my apologies in advance for being the dumb one on the board. The boiler was originally installed by my ex-husband and ran without issue for the past 7 or so years despite no annual maintenance. I have recently taken the house back and found that there were some problems with the installation (not even close to properly vented, peripheral pipes and equipment in very tough shape, leaking etc). I had my contractor in and they corrected the ventilation issues, etc. 2 days later the unit starts faulting at F14; I could hit the reset and it would fire back up for a while (20 min to 3 hours, varies). Needless to say it's getting cold in NH so I called the contractor back and through working with Peerless and other resources identified the parts that might be causing the issues (control board or blower motor I believe). We decided to start with a good cleaning since the parts, if both were needed would actually exceed the original cost of the boiler-cleaning did nothing to fix the issue. By the time they came for the cleaning (4 days later) the reset was not working anymore; it would not fire up. After the cleaning I am able to reset and get some run time out of it again. This morning I sat and waited for it since I know I may only get about 5-10 mins of run-time on the first morning reset; it did fire up, came to temp and ran for a few minutes, then it sounded like the blower surged and it went into the F14 fault. I am in a tough situation because I have just paid more than the original amount of the boiler to have the peripheral pipes, etc replaced and the venting fixed- I can afford to put a little more into the unit but not much. I have given the history of the boiler since some may be contributing to the F14 fault more so than what the typical F14 fault points to. I am looking for a cost effective solution whether it is to replace the whole unit, go with parts investment, or perhaps more service based on the poor maintenance history and recent changes to the venting, etc. I am hoping for some guidance in that regard. As an aside, through my limited recent experience, what I am finding is that the Munchkin 80M and the Peerless PI-80 are pretty much the same units. Knowing whether this is the case is significant in terms of part interchangeability, as I am finding that the Munchkin parts are easier to source and that they are about 1/3 of the cost of the Peerless versions... many thanks in advance for any feedback/guidance!
A. J. Alden