There is a range of issues/faults which can develop on Traeger pellet grills, in fact, any pellet grill over time. Proper temperature regulation is a common issue that can often be addressed with a new RTD probe. In the most extreme cases, the Traeger control panel may be faulty. However, issues are more commonly related to other components. For instance, if your grill turns on but won’t fire up the three potential issues are a broken auger motor, hot rod igniter or the combustion/induction fan is faulty. If it is the induction fan luckily that’s one of the easiest and quickest jobs to get your Traeger grill up and running again. Below I’ll discuss how to check if the induction/combustion fan is faulty and how to replace it.
The same induction fan is used on most models of Traeger pellet grills to aid combustion: Image – Amazon.com
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To find out if the induction fan is the reason for your problems first turn on the grill. Open the lid and watch to see if pellets are moving into the fire pot to discount the auger as the potential issue. If the auger is working, you should then get down and look up under the hopper. You should be able to see the induction fan through the perforated plate under the hopper. If its not spinning then it will need replacing.
What I would add is you should still leave the grill running for a few minutes to see if the hot rod igniter is working or if its also faulty. Without combustion air from the induction fan, a true fire may not start. However, you should at least see smoke to show if the hot rod igniter is working or not.
How To Replace A Traeger Pellet Grill Induction Fan
As I stated above if the induction fan is where the fault lies on your Traeger pellet grill you are in luck. Not only is it one of the easiest and simplest repairs you would need to carry out on your grill, but its also one of the cheapest. You see, most Traeger pellet grills, even the smaller Tailgater portable pellet grill use the same induction fan to aid combustion. So first off, you cannot make the mistake of buying the wrong induction fan for your particular model of pellet grill. In fact, many Pit Boss pellet grills (except the PGT model) also use the same induction fan.
Most Traeger pellet grills use the same 3000RPM induction combustion fan with quick-connect Molex connectors: Image – Amazon.com
Below is a quick video from Traeger on how to replace the induction fan on your pellet grill. Unlike most repair work on a Traeger grill you do not have to remove the pellet hopper body which saves you having to empty the hopper of BBQ wood pellets. The first step, which is very important, is to unplug your Traeger pellet grill from the 110V mains outlet.
Now while you don’t technically have to remove the hopper body on your Traeger to remove and replace the induction fan it would actually make it quite a bit easier. Alternatively, on your lawn or patio with suitable padding, you could gently lay the grill on its side. That will not only give you a lot better access to see what you’re doing but you will be far less likely to drop and lose a screw.
Conclusions On Replacing The Induction Fan On Traeger Pellet Grills
As you can see from the video above the replacement of the induction fan is pretty/quick easy. However, there is a scenario that I should address. When your old induction fan failed it could have blown the cylinder fuse on the back of your Traeger control panel.
If that is the case the pellet grill would stop working altogether. At that point, you may be thinking its actually the control panel which is the problem. Therefore, if your Traeger control panel won’t turn on the first thing you should check is the fuse.
Every pellet grill owner should have at least a couple of spare fuses to hand as the first thing to check/replace if your grill stops working: Image – Amazon.com
That’s it, thanks for reading and I hope you found this post useful. You may also be interested in my other Traeger related posts, such as the best Traeger accessories or how Traeger wood pellets are made. I have lots of other wood pellets related content as well, just browse my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂
Back in 2007 when I first become aware of pellet grills and smokers the only brand I was really aware of was Traeger. Traeger is really where this whole concept of cooking with pellets started in the 1980s. It was a ‘slow burner’ (pardon the pun) but since the 2010s is really when pellet grills and smokers started to get mainstream awareness, discussed alongside gas and charcoal grills. There are now over 30 pellet grill/smoker brands that I’m aware of, and the link above goes to my A to Z list of brands article.
Now, you may already be aware of a few of the other brands such as Pit Boss, Camp Chef, Z Grills and I’m sure you are aware of Weber, though you may not have known they have entered the pellet grill game. However, they are now many, many more brands to look into. Some may be what are commonly referred to as ‘Traeger clones’, but many others are offering their own unique designs and features.
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In this article, I provide details on over 20 brands of BBQ wood pellets, their range of flavours, whether they are 100% single wood species or hardwood blended pellets, their typical price and where they are available. I also provide tips on how to get the best deal when buying BBQ wood pellets and how to test pellet quality. Finally, I discuss the new kid on the block, charcoal pellets and their special attributes compared to all other hardwood BBQ pellets.