Alde Combustion Fan Failure — repaired - replaced Alde main circuit board

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  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    @cooper31525, how level was your [email protected]?  

    I discovered this week while “camping” at a rest park on the interstate that my Alde would not stay on because I was so un-level. The same thing happened last night at a Pilot Truck stop that was more I level.  (54* in the am inside is a bit chilly!)

    The Alde appeared to run for about 90 seconds to two minutes, then the “gas failure” alarm came on my screen. 

    The Alde is running just fine tonight on the same 1/2 tank of propane. I made sure I was level tonight. 

    By the way, after almost 5 years of owning two different [email protected]’s, this is the first time I have been so un-level that the Alde wouldn’t operate.
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    edited November 6
    N7SHG_Ham said:
    @Verna that is odd, can't think of anything in the Alde that would require leveling? Only possible explantation might be the flame sensor, the flame would tend to be verticle and if you are enough off level I suppose the flame may not hit the sensor?
    @N7SHG_Ham, as I am not well versed in the technical aspects of what happened as you, I can only say that both nights, I was hitch higher, and driver’s side higher. One propane tank was full, not used as not needed yet. The other tank was half full. To be quite honest, I was on a slope, but as long as my head is higher than my feet, and I don’t roll out of bed, I can sleep. I was able to cook my breakfast on the stove each morning, so I know the propane in the less full tank was good enough for that flow. 

    I know this summer I Boondocked in the the PNW a couple times where the tongue was lower and it was uncomfortable to stay in bed, but I also know the Alde worked then as I had my morning shower and washed the breakfast dishes.

    And, while I Boondock a lot in the West and Southwest, when I do Boondock, I do try to level within a 1/2 of a bubble from level both ways. But when parking for an overnight in these free commercial type places, I know I am not supposed to look like I’m making myself at home. Therefore I made no attempt to level except to move in the Pilot truck stop to a bit more level site.  Now I wonder if the Alde would have worked if I had reversed my direction....the [email protected] is going into storage today or tomorrow for a month after I winterize it, so I won’t be able to replicate the situation right now.
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • NorthIsUpNorthIsUp Posts: 91Member
    I'm a fan of unscrewing the propane line from the tank and screwing it back together and trying it again. Something about changing air pressures going to and from places has caused me the same issue.  That fixed it. 
    Jean & Arnie  NorCal 
    2019 [email protected] 400 BL aka [email protected]
    03 Sequoia


  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    edited November 6
    I take back my theory of the level ness of the [email protected] and Alde. It failed again last night. The side to side is perfectly level and the front to back is 1/4 bubble off of level. After today (a very hectic day with way too much to do plus winterizing), I will have to call Spencer at Alde. By the way, I do have the Alde 3020 and I am not using the Flow feature. 

    I’ll split my comments off later to a separate thread later so as not to confuse the original poster. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    edited November 6
    Battery was at 12.9V last night on mine, plus above 12.6V the two previous times.  Verified on Zamp solar controller and the Victron Battery monitor. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    I’m hearing it may be a combustion fan failure. I’m waiting for confirmation and what to do. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • N7SHG_HamN7SHG_Ham Posts: 664Member
    @Verna, on the 3020HE digital control panel, you can monitor fan speed. I don't believe the flame will ignite if there is no fan rotation, so it must be starting or there would be no flame at all. You might start the Alde and watch the fan speed under the service menu and see what happens before you get error message, maybe it starts and then stops, therefore causing a flame shut down?
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    I was on a 3-way call with Creed and Spencer. The service menu shows the fan speed. It went up to 3800 then down to 2000 then back up to 3800 then down to nothing. It will try two times and then give a propane failure. It worked the 3rd time, so I’ll leave it running all night to see if it shuts off as it did last night. Two nights ago I couldn’t get it to start. 

    Spencer said the levelness has nothing to do with the Alde’s propane feature...so much for my theory. Some component is going bad, we just have to figure out which one. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • gspdxgspdx Posts: 127Member
    edited November 7
    @Verna - I did see that same behavior with mine once.  Exactly what you described with the fan.  I didn't have the propane on.  I am not saying that is your problem, but just wanted to provide that info.  Might be something going on with the delivery of the propane to the combustion chamber.
    2019 [email protected] 400 BDL
    2018 Ford F-150 2.7L Ecoboost with tow package
    PNW
  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    @gspdx, the problem is that it is totally inconsistent. It ran overnight and turned off with a gas failure at 9 am. I turned it on and it ran for 3 hours until I had to leave. I’ve asked Creed and Spencer to put me on hold until after the first of the year because I put the [email protected] in storage today for about a month. 

    This has been with two different propane tanks. 

    To be continued......
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • N7SHG_HamN7SHG_Ham Posts: 664Member
    Have you pulled the cover off the Alde and reseated ALL the plugs on the board?
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    @N7SHG_Ham, no I have not. 

    The [email protected] is now in storage for the next month and the diagnostics are at a standstill. Once I can move the [email protected] to my new house, I will be able to continue with the testing.
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • N7SHG_HamN7SHG_Ham Posts: 664Member
    Ok, I would start with that, often the plugs on a circuit board need reseated and I have had the board fail on my home furnace more than once, it gets a bad solder joint or a bad trace from heating and cooling cycles and/or vibration. That then causes an intermittent failure. It sounds very much like what you have.
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
  • gspdxgspdx Posts: 127Member
    @Verna - whatever the cause I hope it's not too expensive to fix.  Good luck with it and please let us know what you find out.  

    Intermittent failures are the hardest to find.  I spent 20 years in the Air Force with most of that time as an aviation electronics tech and these are the most frustrating.
    2019 [email protected] 400 BDL
    2018 Ford F-150 2.7L Ecoboost with tow package
    PNW
  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    Thank you, @gspdx, I understand the frustrating part of intermittent as I was a technician for the phone company for most of my 40 year career. Static and intermittent were the worst!

    I will post the results as we owners always want to help the other owners. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    The latest update is that I am driving my 400 to Sugar Creek so Austin and Creed can figure out what is wrong with the propane part of my Alde 3020. I’ll leave it there this weekend and pick it up when they’re done. 
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • b407driverb407driver Posts: 98Member
    I'll be curious to see if my recent propane failure has something to do with this. Since it just happened to me, haven't done any troubleshooting or checked the fan. Thanks for the info.
    2020 [email protected] Boondock Lite w/solar, TV is 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD
    Jeff --Front Range of Colorado
  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,429Administrator
    Austin replaced the defective main circuit board. He said they ran it for 5 days on propane and it worked continuously. Ahhhhh, heat again!
    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • N7SHG_HamN7SHG_Ham Posts: 664Member
    @Verna glad they got it going. That was my guess if there wasn't a bad connection between the fan and the board.
    2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite
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