BLOWN FUSES

What's in This Article?

Because AC (non-WiFIRE) Traegers have fuses, you should check the fuse any time you experience electrical or power issues on your grill. You may also want to check out our AC Grill Power Issues article to help you diagnose any other power issues on your AC grill.

D2 (WiFIRE) grills, however, do not have fuses. If you are experiencing power issues on a D2 grill, please refer to D2 Grill Power Issues.

 

WHAT SIZE FUSES DO TRAEGERS USE?

Traegers use 3-5 AMP, 250V, standard-size fuses, which you may order either from Traeger or from a local hardware store. Grills usually come with an extra fuse attached to the fuse box, but you may need additional ones to complete the troubleshooting steps outlined in this article.

 

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR FUSE BLEW

When you pull out your fuse from the fuse box, examine the wires in the tube. Blown fuses are usually indicated by burn marks or broken filament, similar to that of a burnt-out lightbulb.

 

HOW TO REPLACE YOUR GRILL'S FUSE

Fuses are specific to AC grills and are found on the back of the controller in one of two locations: a green or grey box with a lid or in a black tube with a screw-on cap. Most grills come with an extra fuse, zip-tied to the back of the fuse box.

  1. Turn OFF and unplug your grill.
  2. Remove the screws holding the controller in place.
  3. Gently pull out the controller from the hopper.
  4. Look for the fuse box or tube.
    • The fuse box will be either a black tube with a screw-on cap or a green or grey box with a lid.
  5. Remove the tube or box cover.
    • If there is a zip tie holding the extra fuse to the fuse box, cut the zip tie to be able to access the fuse.
    • The box lid should pull off and tube lids need to be unscrewed.
  6. Pull out the fuse from the box or tube.
    • Older elite controllers will still have a bus fuse, but it will be set on the board vertically inside a black pod.
      1. Unscrew the cap off of the pod with the small metal knob. Push down lightly, then turn counterclockwise and let go. It will release.
      2. Pull the fuse up and out of the little black cylinder (pod). The knob will need to be pulled off the old fuse and put back onto the new bus fuse.
      3. To replace, put the fuse back in the pod, push down, turn clockwise, and let go.
  7. Replace it with the extra fuse that came with your controller, or you can purchase fuses from any hardware store (3-5 Amp 250 Volt, standard size fuse).
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  8. Find out WHY the fuse was blowing, or it will simply pop again.
    1. Proceed to the section below, DETERMINE WHY THE FUSE BLEW, for further troubleshooting on what caused this to happen, or call Traeger Support for more assistance. 

 

HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED YOUR FUSE TO BLOW

Fuses typically blow because a grill part is pulling too much energy or there was an electrical surge greater than what the grill is able to accommodate. Let's go through some troubleshooting steps to help us determine what caused the fuse to blow. 

NOTE: You will need an extra fuse or two to complete this troubleshooting.

These steps will also help you diagnose a tripping GFI or GFCI outlet. When diagnosing a tripping GFI/GFCI outlet, first start by plugging in another device like a toaster or a blow dryer. In most instances, the issue is with the outlet itself--while GFCI outlets will last for 15-25 years, they can start to fail after 5 years.

  1. Turn OFF and unplug your grill.
  2. Remove the screws holding the controller in place.
  3. Gently pull out the controller from the hopper.
  4. Clip the zip ties holding all the wires bunched up together.
  5. Start with a thorough visual inspection of the wires to ensure there is no rubbed/melted insulation on any wires.
  6. CHECK THE HOT ROD (this is the most common culprit of a blown fuse).
    1. Disconnect the red wire and connect the purple and the white wires to the tan wires.
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn ON the grill.
    3. Run the grill on SMOKE for 5 minutes.
    4. If the fuse trips while checking the hot rod, contact Customer Service.
    5. If the fuse does not trip, the hot rod is not the issue. Continue troubleshooting.
  7. CHECK THE POWER CORD
    1. Turn OFF and unplug the grill from power.
    2. Disconnect the red, orange, and purple wires from their Molex connectors. Leave the black attached.
    3. Plug in the grill and turn it ON.
    4. If your controller has a small red LED light, it will turn ON.
      1. If this does not turn ON, contact Customer Service.
      2. If this does turn ON, proceed to the next steps:
    5. Run the grill on SMOKE for 5 minutes.
    6. If the fuse trips while checking the power cord, contact Customer Service.
    7. If the fuse does not trip, the power cord is not the issue. Continue troubleshooting. 

  8. CHECK THE FAN

     

    1. Turn OFF the grill and unplug it from power.

    2. Leave the black wire connected, and connect the orange and the white wires to the Molex connectors.

    3. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.

    4. Run the grill on SMOKE for 5 minutes.

       

      1. You should be able to see the fan from under the grill and hear the fan running.

    5. If the fuse trips while checking the fan, contact Customer Service.

    6. If the fuse does not trip, the fan is not the issue. Continue troubleshooting.

  9. CHECK THE AUGER MOTOR

     

    1. Turn OFF and unplug the grill from power.

    2. Disconnect the orange wire and connect the red and the white wires to the Molex connector.

    3. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.

    4. Run the grill on SMOKE for 5 minutes.

    5. If the fuse pops, contact Customer Service.

 

COMPONENT DIAGRAM


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