Honeywell zone valve end switch, what it does and how it can cause your boiler to not fire.
The Honeywell zone valve end switch is a little button inside the zone valve that is pressed when the zone valve is fully open. When this button is pressed it sends a signal to the boilers control or a circulator control that tells the boiler there is a call for heat.
If you look close at the image above you will see the words end switch stamped into the zone valve the two wires tied to the two terminals go to the T T terminals on the aquastat relay or to a circulator control or to 2 wires on the thermostat relay also known as a fan center, even though there is no fan.
Some Honeywell zone valves do not come with the power block seen in the above image, but come with 2 yellow wires and 2 red wires. The red wires are the end switch wires and the 2 yellow wires are for the zone valve motor.
Note the lever under the power block.
All Honeywell zone valves have this lever. It can be used to manually open a zone valve you just slide it over and hook it in to the little hook on the right.
Even though this will allow water to flow through the zone valve, it will not depress the end switch button. the zone valve needs to be opened by power to open far enough to depress the end switch button.
Let us review where we are.
All thermostats are turned up as far as they will go.
The Pilot light is lit.
The gas control valve is in the on position.
You have power or are assuming you do for now.
The boiler is cold.
Now slide the lever on your zone valves, if the lever moves easy with out much resistance the zone valves are open from the power source.
This means your thermostats are working and the transformer for the zone valves is also working.
Note many times a separate 24 volt transformer is used for the zone valve, and some times (if you have many zone valves) you will have more then one transformer.
One for the zone valves alone, and another 24 volt transformer for the boiler functions.
Sometimes there is only one 24 volt transformer that controls all of the boiler functions and opens all of the zone valves.
If the zone valves are open check the red wires for loose connections.
Please don't go switching wires around this will only make things worse.
Gremlins do not come into your home and switch your wires around, so if the boiler was working fine before you had this problem, the wires are in the right place don't switch them around.