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Weil-Mclain HE II-3 on and off

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DNAS2019
DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
Boiler will turn on and off till the service switch is turned off, pressure switch tested and by passed properly, no change, HSI replaced, no change this unit does not have a flame sensor most likely the flame proof is done by the HSI, but any way the HSI goes off immediately gas valve is open, yes we have flame for few seconds then shuts off and repeats the cycle again, the roll out sensor by passed works for about 2 minutes or longer then shuts off and restarts, thinking we have a bad control ignition module, have any one experienced this with a Weil Maclain? hate to replace an expensive part and not fix it.
Thank you

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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,045
    edited March 2023
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    sounds like your flame sensor is not getting the signal to the control

    You could have a dirty flame sensor
    You could have a defective flame sensor
    You could have a bad ground circuit from the flame location to the control ground.
    Or the actual control may be defective.

    The first (cheepest) step is to clean the flame sensor.
    second step is, run a dedicated ground wire from the flame sensor area to the control. (Can explain that in detail if needed)
    Next is to replace the flame sensor
    If all else fails then replace the control.

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

    DNAS2019
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Thank you for the comment, this unit as mentioned has no flame sensor, the HSI is most likely what tells the ignition module that there is flame, it runs for more than 3 minutes or so if roll out sensor is bypassed, then repeats its cycles again and again, if not bypassed then is a matter of seconds to shut off and starts again and again but never goes to a lockout.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
    edited March 2023
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    Hello @DNAS2019,
    Is the Rollout switch open or maybe it has a loose connection ? Why would it change things if it is OK ?
    Does the flame thoroughly contact the HSI ?
    With the power off Control Module Connectors disconnected and reconnected.
    Other connections verified that they are not lose.
    All grounds secure.
    Power on indicator is on steady through the whole cycle ?

    Have you gone through the troubleshooting charts found here ?
    https://www.weil-mclain.com/sites/default/files/field-file/he-ii-hsi-control-supplement_1.pdf
    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
    DNAS2019
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
    edited March 2023
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    Hello 109A_5.
    I have made sure flame is in contact with the HSI, all connections has been checked , all grounds, now the fact the it never goes into a lockout is what makes me think that ignition module is bad, because it doesn't thinks it has an error, the venting system has been checked and flame does not come back to rollout switch, unless I have a bad rollout switch and a bad control module, with all the sensors by passed it runs for 3 minutes or so and cuts off the 24V to gas valve, we can hear the relay clicking on and off louder then it usually does with a new module, the greenlight is solid all the way, and rollout switch is opening a little too son that is why I bypassed it, I did check it at the beginning of operation, so that I am sure is out of range as it is a thermal fuse with a resistor as fuse, ordered it already and left the boiler off and with notes no to be turned on.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
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    Hello @DNAS2019,
    To me it seems odd how the symptoms change with the things you have done. I was wondering if there was a power problem. So when it cuts off the control module 'forgets' where it was in the cycle and just starts over, so no lockout. 24 VAC is good ?
    It would not surprise me if there was a poor solder connection on the control board. BTW I am under the impression that the HSI is the flame sensor also, using flame rectification for detection so flame quality is important.
    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
    DNAS2019
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Indeed 109A_5,
    Very odd situation, not really an error code is displayed, only restarts, never locks out, I did replace the HSI to make sure is sending the right feedback to module and it didnt change one bit, like i said rollout switch is the only change the occurred staying on for longer, I have a steady 24v at gas valve terminal and it cuts off the power real quick a comes back on, so yes most likely a broken solder connection somewhere in module, could be by the high temp wall, didnt take the module out to check, is the only one that didnt get checked.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
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    Hello @DNAS2019,

    If you have a multimeter I would ohm check the Rollout switch. Also the Temp limit switch is in series with the Rollout switch, are you bypassing the Rollout switch directly at the Rollout switch ?

    Does it meet these timing listing ? I'm surprised it does not lockout. Could it be loosing the call for heat ? Have you bypassed the thermostat ?


    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Hi 109A_5,
    I do have many multimeters, using the fieldpiece for that continuity check, the temp limit switch seems to be working fine, the rollout switch is literally jumped with a wire jumper, the pressure switch is jumped after the blower starts to make sure it reads the switch in open state, I have ordered the module will update if that fix it, the only thing is really weird is the fact that with the rollout switch jumped it runs longer, not even close to satisfy the temp adjusted to 190.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
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    Hello @DNAS2019,
    I'm generally not a big fan of continuity checks. Since it varies widely (in my opinion) between meters. I have seen some multimeters say 100 Ohms is good continuity. I much prefer an Ohm reading. I would think the rollout switch would be no more than a few ohms and a bypass jumper should make no difference if rollout switch was good.
    I'm just wondering if a higher than normal rollout switch resistance is influencing a faulty electronic control on the Boilers thermostat connections.
    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Hi 1095_5, Its possible as I am not sure what is the resistance in that rollout switch should be, but the OEM one is also ordered along with ignition control module, hoping this will fix it, there arent many components to fail in this setup.
  • Shane_2
    Shane_2 Member Posts: 192
    edited March 2023
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    I would try a different HSI (glow plug) before replacing the ignition module. I have had brand new ones not provide enough juice to light the gas valve even though they appeared to be working correctly. Make sure the little hood is in place on the glow plug.

    Also double check the chimney even thought the fan and pressure switch may be working fine.

    Make sure all burner doors are in place for testing as well.

    Remember working on quite a few of that model over the years with the same problem.
    DNAS2019
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Hello Shane_2
    I hear you, thanks for your input, I have swapped the HSI, Although it makes sense what you are saying the flame comes on but but then goes out few seconds after it came on, like the control powered the gas valve but then some type of amp draw shuts the 24v to the gas valve, checking the voltage at gas valve is on and off in few seconds then eventually HSI feed back tp control is lower then it should be, its a trick situation where many things could be happening, by passing all safety the control still shuts the gas valve off.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
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    Hello @DNAS2019,
    I have read that flame detection with a HSI may be not as robust as one would think or compared to a dedicated flame sensor rod type setup. I wonder if not all HSI units are made the same. If when they are used for situations requiring Flame Rectification for flame verification maybe they are different, like a different material or alloy. Kind of like sensors for modern cars OEM sensors versus problematic aftermarket sensors. Also Flame Quality may have a huge influence if the technology is a bit marginal anyways. So I can see where the air flow through the system could be an issue and not so obvious.

    And then I always wonder where there is no apparent dedicated Ground bonding path (inside the equipment jacket) for the purpose of the Flame Rectification system there could be marginal issues too. I think I looked earlier in the thread at the wiring diagram for your unit and only saw an equipment ground to the building electrical system but not a dedicated Ground (or return path wire) for the purpose of Flame Rectification.

    And also as stated before the jumper on the Rollout sensor changing the run time of the burner seems to be an odd symptom.

    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
    DNAS2019
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    109A_5, I agree with you, very strange situation where when jumped it runs for longer but still shuts off and then again and again. I will be replacing the ignition module tomorrow and not change anything else as for location of the HSI. I have replaced 2 Trane furnaces HSI in the past 2 weeks and the furnace had similar symptoms, except that it wouldnt power up the gas valve, now this one does power up the gas valve but it cut the power off within seconds, like all has been proofed but then control doesnt hold up.
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    just an update, the ignition module did the trick, working right on first attempt, called the customer and confirmed it after a day of replacement.
    Thank you all for all the tips.
    109A_5kcopp
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,387
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    Hello @DNAS2019,
    Glad to hear it is up and running. I wonder if the control board could have been repaired with a soldering iron in a few minutes. Poor solder joints are very common and cause all sorts of weird problems.
    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
  • DNAS2019
    DNAS2019 Member Posts: 11
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    Hello
    109A_5 said:

    Hello @DNAS2019,
    Glad to hear it is up and running. I wonder if the control board could have been repaired with a soldering iron in a few minutes. Poor solder joints are very common and cause all sorts of weird problems.

    Not this one, upon checking the bottom of the board there were no joints issues on this one, more likely relay gas valve problems, or a bad resistor or diode or maybe a triac, I know it was not worth keep fighting with it.
  • Shane_2
    Shane_2 Member Posts: 192
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    Glad you were able to get it running and thanks for following up.
    DNAS2019
  • chilton
    chilton Member Posts: 1
    edited September 2023
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    To anyone else, I was having the exact same problem with a similar unit and found a different problem.

    My issue was after all the initial tests, when the signal was sent to the gas valve and the valve opened, it caused a slight drop in power to the blower motor. That was just enough to slow it down, which lowered the pressure and just barely tripped the pressure switch, which caused the unit to immediately cycle, but not throw any errors, because once its starts the cycle again everything passes the test up until the next flame cycle.

    I found this out by bypassing the pressure switch (after it passed) and everything worked fine. I then restarted the cycle without the bypass and kept a meter on the pressure switch and saw it cut off as soon as the gas valve opened and it got flame for a second or two. I also bypassed the rollout and had the same thing where it would stay lit for an extra second, maybe something to do with the resistance of the rollout I was able to keep more power to the motor for that extra bit of time.

    This issue was caused by me replaing the original pressure switch (thought it was broken) with a different one with different (higher) pressure threshold. I put the original one back with the proper threshold and it worked fine, the drop from the gas vent didn't drop the pressure enough to trip it.

    This was the only thread I found where someone was having the same issues as me so maybe this will help someone else in the future.

    Weil-Mclain HE II, and a Gold GV Model 1013-200 Integrated Boiler Control

    Here's links to my unit that helped me through a lot of problems as well:

    https://www.weil-mclain.com/sites/default/files/field-file/he-ii-hsi-control-supplement_1.pdf
    https://www.weil-mclain.com/sites/default/files/weil-mclain-service-parts-catalog-rev-201606.pdf
    https://www.weil-mclain.com/sites/default/files/field-file/gv-series-4-manual_1.pdf
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,882
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    How does a 24 volt current to a gas valve drop the 110 volts to the blower motor?

    now that installing the wrong safety is your fault.