Traeger Induction Fan Replacement


Hi, I’m Chris I started PelHeat.com back in 2007.

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 up and running.

Traeger Induction Fan Replacement
If you own an older/legacy Traeger the induction fan you’ll need is the one on the left, a more modern D2/WiFire Traeger will need the induction fan on the right: Images – Traeger.com

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Important: Check out my Traeger error codes article if your grill won’t turn on, but you don’t know what the issue actually is.

Introduction To Traeger Induction Fan Replacements

To find out if the induction fan is the reason for your problem, 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.

To source a new induction fan I’ve provides a couple of options below. As states in the image caption above, the type of induction fan you’ll need depends on the model of Traeger you own.

Legacy Traegers – How To Replace The 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, all of the older legacy (non-WiFire) 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.

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 from having to empty the hopper of smoking pellets.

The first step, which is very important, is to unplug your Traeger pellet grill from the 110V mains outlet.

Traeger’s official video on how to replace the induction fan for proper pellet combustion: Video – Traeger.com

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 the job 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.

D2/WiFire Traegers – How To Replace The Induction Fan

If you own a more modern Traeger such as a Gen 2 Pro Series, an Ironwood or a Gen 1 Timberline model your pellet grill/smoker will be fitted with a different induction fan, more closely resembling those that are fitted to destop computers.

The first video below shows the fan replacement process on Pro Series models such as 575 or 780. Before you begin you should always physically disconnect your pellet grill/smoker from the source of power.

The fan replacement process on Traeger Pro Series 575 and 780 models: Video – Traeger.com

The fan replacement process on the more premium Ironwood and Timberline models as show in the video below is more or less the same. After disconnecting the power its simply the case of removing the power access panel and poping out the control panel as part of the fan replacement process.

The fan replacement process on Traeger Itonwood 650/885 and Timberline 850/1300 models: Video – Traeger.com

Conclusions On Traeger Induction Fan Replacements

The induction fan has a very important role in feeding the pellet fire with sufficient air/oxygen. Luckily, as you can see from the videos above, the replacement of the induction fan is pretty/quick easy.

This article is one of many such post I have on fixing pellet grills/smokers, such as what to do if your Traeger control panel won’t turn on. Getting any pellet grill/smoker going after a fault is a process of elimination to find where the problem lies.

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 pellet related content as well, just browse my Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker Guide. 🙂

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

A to Z List of Pellet Grill/Smoker Brands

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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A pellet grill/smoker is only as good as the BBQ pellets you put into it. The type/quality of the BBQ wood pellets you use will impact temperature performance and smoke flavour. There are many pellet flavours including Apple, Hickory, Mapel, Oak and Walnut to name but a few. However, some brands are hardwood blended pellets whereas others are 100% single wood species.

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.

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Hi, I’m Chris. I started PelHeat.com back in 2007. This website is intended to be an educational resource on BBQ pellets, pellet grills & smokers. I hope you find the information useful.

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