Troubleshooting Guide: What To Do When Your Traeger Grill Won’t Turn On

Are you having trouble getting your Traeger grill to turn on? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This blog post will provide you with a step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help you get your grill up and running in no time. So grab a wrench, and let’s get started!

Check the Power Source

Check the Power Source

The first step when your Traeger pellet grill won’t turn on is to check the power source. Ensure that the outlet you are using provides power and that the plug is securely connected. If you are using an extension cord, ensure it is properly rated for use with a pellet grill, and check to ensure it’s not frayed or damaged in any way. Check for any tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses in your home’s electrical panel as well. If you aren’t able to identify any issues with the power source, move on to Step 2.

Test the Igniter

Test the Igniter

Check that your Traeger grill is plugged in properly and securely to a functioning electrical outlet. Make sure the power cord is undamaged, appropriately connected, and not loose. If you’re using an extension cord, ensure it’s rated at least 12 gauge and no longer than 50 feet.

Check that the igniter button on your Traeger grill is pushed in all the way. The red light should be lit when you press down on the button. If this doesn’t happen, try pushing down the igniter button harder or pressing it multiple times to reset it.

Make Sure the Grill Is Plugged In

Make Sure the Grill Is Plugged In

One of the most common causes for a Traeger Grill not turning on is that it may not be plugged in correctly. To ensure your Traeger Grill is plugged in correctly, first check that the power cord is inserted correctly into the outlet and then check that the power switch on the back of your Traeger Grill is switched to ‘on.’ If your grill still does not turn on after following these steps, try unplugging and replugging the power cord into a different outlet to see if it will turn on.

Check the Temperature Probe and Wiring

Check the Temperature Probe and Wiring

The first step in troubleshooting a Traeger grill that won’t turn on is to check the temperature probe and wiring. This includes checking the power source, cables, and connections.

Start with making sure your power source is working correctly. Check if your Traeger grill is plugged into an appropriate outlet with enough voltage. If not, move it to another outlet or use a power strip with surge protection.

Next, check all of the cables connected to your Traeger grill for any damage or lose wires. Replace any damaged cables and ensure all connections are secure and tight.

Finally, check the temperature probe for any issues by disconnecting it from the controller box and testing it for any breaks or faulty wiring. If you find a problem with the temperature probe, replace it with a new one before continuing on to other troubleshooting steps.

Clean Out Any Debris From Around the Burner

Clean Out Any Debris From Around the Burner

If your Traeger grill won’t turn on, the first thing to do is clean out any debris around the burner. This could be leaves, sticks, or other debris that may have gotten into the burner area and caused problems for your grill. To do this, first, make sure that the power is shut off and that the unit is cool. Then use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt or debris from around the burners. Be sure also to check underneath and behind the burners as well. Once all the debris has been removed, you can try turning on your Traeger grill again.

Replace Any Damaged Parts

Replace Any Damaged Parts

If your Traeger Grill is not turning on, you should first inspect the grill for any damaged parts. If any of the components, such as the power cord, control panel, or wiring, are frayed or damaged in any way, they should be replaced before attempting to operate the grill. This can help prevent further damage and ensure that your grill is running properly. Depending on your model of the grill, you may need to purchase replacement parts from a retailer or contact Traeger directly for assistance. Be sure to have your model number ready when calling Traeger customer service so they can provide you with the correct parts for your device.

Replace The Hot Rod

Replace The Hot Rod

Replacing the hot rod on your Traeger grill is a simple task that can help get your grill up and running again. The hot rod lights the pellets in the hopper and creates heat to cook your food. If you find that your grill won’t turn on, it could be because of an issue with the hot rod. Replacing it can usually fix this issue and get your grill working again.

To replace the hot rod, remove the hopper lid and remove any pellets that may be inside. Then, remove the four screws around the ignitor box, which holds the hot rod in place. Pull out the old hot rod and replace it with a new one. Finally, replace all of the screws back into place and put any pellets back into the hopper before closing it up again.

Once you have replaced the hot rod, turn on your Traeger grill to see if it works again or if any other issues are present. Hopefully, after replacing this part, your Traeger will work correctly again!

Replace The Grease Bucket and Tray

It is important to keep your Traeger grill in good condition by regularly replacing the grease bucket and tray. This will help to ensure that your grill is performing optimally and free from any potential problems. Replacing the grease bucket and tray can be a relatively simple process requiring only a few tools and basic instructions.

First, locate the grease drain hole on the bottom of your Traeger Grill. This is typically located near the back of the grill. Once you have located this area, use a screwdriver to remove any screws that are holding the old bucket or tray in place, then carefully lift them out.

Next, take the new bucket or tray and place it securely in its designated location on your Traeger Grill. Make sure that it fits snugly against all sides of the opening and is securely fastened with screws or other fastening methods specified by your model’s instructions.

Finally, fill up your new Grease Bucket or Tray with oil or fat according to your model’s specifications. If you have an older model of Traeger Grill, you may need to manually fill it up with cooking oil each time you cook; newer models may have an automatic filling feature for this purpose.

Inspect All Connections for Proper Tightness

If your Traeger grill won’t turn on, one of the first things you should check is all of the connections. You want to ensure that everything is connected properly and that all connections are tight. This includes checking the power cord, gas line connections, and control panel connections. Loose connections can cause your grill to not turn on or work properly.

Start by inspecting the power cord for any damage or loose connection points. Make sure that it is plugged into a working outlet or power source securely and tightly. If the plug looks damaged or corroded, replace it with a new one.

Next, check all of the gas line connections from the tank to the grill itself. Make sure these are securely connected with no air leaks present in any of them. If there are any gaps between them, use a pipe wrench to tighten them until there are no more gaps present.

Finally, inspect all of the control panel connections for tightness and cleanliness and check for any corrosion at all connection points. Clean off any corrosion with a mild cleaner before attempting to reconnect anything if necessary. Once everything is clean and secure, try turning on your grill again to see if it works properly.

Reset or Replace Fuse If Needed

If your Traeger Grill won’t turn on, one of the first things you should check is the fuse. The fuse will be located near the controller and power cord. If it’s broken or has burnt out, you will need to replace it in order to get your grill up and running again. To do this, shut off the power to your grill and remove the old fuse with a pair of needle nose pliers. Once removed, replace it with an identical new fuse that matches its voltage rating and amp rating (usually printed on top). Then turn the power back on and try to turn on your grill – if it doesn’t work, you may have a more serious issue requiring professional help.

Conduct a Diagnostic Test on Your Traeger Grill

If your Traeger Grill isn’t turning on, it’s time to conduct a diagnostic test. A diagnostic test can help you identify the cause of the problem and determine what steps you should take to get your grill working again. Follow this guide for an easy and efficient process.

Step 1: Check Your Source Of Power and Cables
First, check your power source and ensure it’s connected properly. Verify that the power cord is securely plugged into the wall outlet and your Traeger Grill. If you are using an extension cord or surge protector, check those connections to ensure they are secure. Additionally, inspect all cables for any signs of damage or wear, such as cuts or fraying.

Step 2: Check Your Circuit Breaker
A circuit breaker could be tripped if too much current is going through it at once.

To ensure that this is not causing a problem with your Traeger Grill, go to your main electrical panel and switch off the circuit breaker for several minutes before switching it back on again.

Step 3: Test Your Thermostat Settings
Your Traeger Grill may not be igniting due to incorrect thermostat settings.
The thermostat may not be switched on or set to the “off” position. To check this, go to your grill’s control panel and see if the power light is illuminated. If it is, then the thermostat is on, and you may need to adjust the temperature settings. If the power light is not illuminated, then the thermostat is off, and you will need to turn it on.

Perform a Hard Reset of Your Traeger Grill

Perform a Hard Reset of Your Traeger Grill

A hard reset of your Traeger Grill is a simple and effective way to troubleshoot and resolve the most common issues that may cause the grill to fail to turn on. The process involves disconnecting the power source and resetting the internal components of the grill. Here are the steps for performing a hard reset of your Traeger Grill:

  1. Disconnect all cables from the power source, including any extension cords, and unplug them from the wall outlet or power strip.
  2. Remove any fuses or circuit breakers that may be powering your grill, if applicable.
  3. Wait at least five minutes before reconnecting all cables and plugging them back into an electrical outlet.
  4. Press down on the “Power” button for several seconds until you hear a “click” sound indicating a successful reset has occurred.
  5. Turn on your Traeger Grill by pressing the “Power” button again until an indicator light appears, indicating that it has powered up successfully.

You should have successfully performed a hard reset of your Traeger Grill by following these steps! If you continue to experience difficulties with powering up your grill, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team.

 – Perform a Soft Reset of Your Traeger Grill

 Perform a Soft Reset of Your Traeger Grill

Performing a soft reset of your Traeger grill is simple and can be done in just a few steps. First, turn off the device that has the Traeger app, such as your phone or tablet. Then, shut down the grill by pressing and holding the power button for three seconds. Finally, start up your device again and then restart the grill. This will help to clear any errors or potential problems that might have been causing your Traeger grill to not turn on. Once complete, you should be able to use your Traeger grill as normal again.

Troubleshoot Common Issues With Digital Control Boards

If your Traeger grill won’t turn on, the first step is to ensure that you have a reliable source of power and that all necessary cables are properly connected. Check that the power outlet is working by plugging in another appliance. If the outlet is functional, check to ensure the power cord is securely plugged into the wall and your grill. Additionally, make sure any extension cords used are rated for outdoor use if you are using a Traeger in an outdoor setting.

Check Your Digital Control Board
The digital control board is responsible for controlling the temperature and other functions of your Traeger grill. Make sure it’s securely attached to both your grill and its frame or stand. If you’re having trouble with your digital control board, try resetting it by turning off the power supply for at least 60 seconds before turning it back on again. You may need to consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on resetting your particular Traeger grill model.

Test Temperature Probes
The temperature probes on some models of Traeger grills help regulate their internal temperature when cooking food. If you’re having trouble getting your grill up to temperature, try testing the temperature probes to make sure they’re functioning correctly.

Inspect and Clean Air Vents and Hinges

 Inspect and Clean Air Vents and Hinges

If your Traeger grill won’t turn on, the first thing to do is inspect and clean the air vents and hinges. Air vents are located on the back of the grill, near the bottom. Make sure that these vents are clear of any debris or obstruction. If there is an obstruction, remove it and try turning on your Traeger again.

Air vents should be checked regularly for any buildup of dust or grime from cooking. If there is a buildup, use a soft brush or damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris gently. Be sure not to scrub too hard, as this can damage the metal finish of your grill.

If you have hinges on your Traeger grill, check them as well for any signs of wear and tear, including rusting or broken parts that need to be replaced. Also, check for any obstructions like leaves or twigs preventing the lid from closing properly, which can prevent proper airflow into your grill.

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