Blown Fuses

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This article will walk through finding the fuse on an AC (non-WiFIRE) grill Controller, determining if it's blown, and how to replace it.

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

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ABOUT FUSES IN TRAEGER GRILLS

Fuse SKU

  • ELE211: FUSE 3 - 5 AMP 250V (Buss# - BK/S500-5-R)

Fuse Size & Location

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 a customer may need additional ones to complete the troubleshooting steps outlined in this article.

The fuse is located on the bottom right of the controller, either in a green/grey box or in a black tube with a screw-on cap. There may be an extra fuse zip tied to the fuse box.

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When to Check a Fuse

You should check the fuse whenever diagnosing electrical or power issues on an AC grill. 

 

WHAT CAUSES A BLOWN FUSE?

Fuses typically blow because a grill part is pulling too much energy or there was an electrical surge more significant than what the grill can accommodate. 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A BLOWN FUSE

Our Customer Support team is available to assist with troubleshooting and can help determine part compatibility and apply your warranty to replacement parts, if applicable. 

1. Identify if the Grill's Fuse Is Blown

  1. Turn off and unplug the grill.
  2. Unscrew the controller from the grill.
  3. Find the fuse and remove it to inspect it.
    • Fuses are found on the back of the controller in one of two locations: a green or grey box with a lid or a black tube with a screw-on cap.
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  4. A blown fuse will have burn marks or broken filaments, similar to a burnt-out lightbulb.
  5. If blown, proceed to replace the fuse and determine the cause.

2. Replace the Fuse

Most grills come with an extra fuse, zip-tied to the back of the fuse box.

If you've already used your spare fuse or if the spare is missing, you can purchase an extra fuse on Traeger.com or at a hardware store (3-5 Amp 250 Volt, standard size fuse). 

  1. Turn OFF and unplug your grill.
  2. Remove the screws holding the controller in place.
  3. Pull out the controller from the hopper.
  4. Look for the fuse, which may be inside a small green or grey box or tube or zip tied to the top of the fuse box. See the images above. 
  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 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 must be pulled off the old fuse and returned to 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).
  8. Proceed to determine what caused the fuse to blow, or it will likely pop again. 

3. Determine What Caused the Blown Fuse

TOOLS NEEDED: Phillips Screwdriver, Extra Fuse (should come attached to the controller)

Determine the cause of your blown fuse differs based on which type of controller you have. ARC controllers have buttons and Pro/Digital controllers have a dial.

Blown Fuse Cause: ARC Controller

Our Customer Support team is available to assist with troubleshooting and can help determine part compatibility and apply your warranty to replacement parts, if applicable. 

  1. With the controller removed, inspect the wires to make sure they aren't damaged and that there isn't any rubbed/melted insulation on them.
  2. Disconnect the red, orange, and purple wires from their Molex connectors. Leave the black attached. (See Controller Wiring Diagram below)
  3. Install the spare fuse.
  4. Plug in and turn on the grill. See if the display blinks/flashes on and off.
    • Display Blinks Fuse Replaced Next Step
      No No Replace Fuse
      No Yes Replace power cord & controller
      Yes Yes Proceed to next step
  5. Ignite the grill and let run for 5 minutes.
    • If the fuse trips, replace the power cord and the fuse. 
    • If the fuse does not trip, continue to the next step. The issue is NOT with the cord, controller or fuse.
  6. Check the Hot Rod (this is the most common culprit of a blown fuse).
    1. Connect the hot rod (tan wires) to the controller (purple/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn ON the grill.
    3. Ignite the grill and let run for 5 minutes.
      • If the fuse trips, replace the hot rod and the fuse.
        If the fuse does not trip, turn off the grill and continue.
  7. Check the Induction Fan.
    1. Connect the induction fan (orange wires) to the controller (orange/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.
    3. Ignite the grill and let run for 5 minutes.
      You should be able to see the fan from under the grill and hear the fan running.
      • If the fuse trips, replace the fan and the fuse. 
        If the fuse does not trip, turn off the grill and continue.
  8. Check the Auger Motor.
    1. Connect the auger motor (red wires) to the controller (red/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.
    3. Ignite the grill and let run for 5 minutes.
      • If the fuse pops, replace the auger motor and the fuse.
  9. If the fuse does not blow with all checks, replacing the fuse solved the problem.
    • PRO-TIP: Zip-tie wires together once you're done working on your grill. This will ensure they don't block the fan and get damaged. 

Blown Fuse Cause: Pro/Digital Controller

Our Customer Support team is available to assist with troubleshooting and can help determine part compatibility and apply your warranty to replacement parts, if applicable. 

  1. With the controller removed, inspect the wires to make sure they aren't damaged and that there isn't any rubbed/melted insulation on them.
  2. Disconnect the red, orange, and purple wires from their Molex connectors. Leave the black attached. (See Controller Wiring Diagram below)
  3. Confirm power by plugging in the grill and powering it on. If the dial is on Shutdown Cycle, move it to another position. The red LED light on the back of the controller should light up.
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    • If the LED light does not turn on, replace the power cord and the controller.
  4. Set the grill to SMOKE and let run for 5 minutes.
    • If the fuse trips, replace the power cord and the fuse.
    • If the fuse does not trip, continue to the next step. The issue is NOT with the cord, controller or fuse.
  5. Check the Hot Rod (this is the most common culprit of a blown fuse).
    1. Connect the hot rod (tan wires) to the controller (purple/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn ON the grill.
    3. Set the grill to SMOKE and let run for 5 minutes.
      • If the fuse trips, replace the hot rod and the fuse.
        If the fuse does not trip, continue.
  6. Check the Induction Fan.
    1. Connect the induction fan (orange wires) to the controller (orange/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.
    3. Set the grill to SMOKE and let run for 5 minutes. You should be able to see the fan from under the grill and hear the fan running.
      • If the fuse trips, replace the fan and the fuse. 
        If the fuse does not trip, continue.
  7. Check the Auger Motor.
    1. Connect the auger motor (red wires) to the controller (red/white wires).
    2. Plug the grill into power and turn it ON.
    3. Set the grill to SMOKE and let run for 5 minutes.
      • If the fuse pops, replace the auger motor and the fuse.
  8. If the fuse does not blow with all checks, replacing the fuse solved the problem.
    • PRO-TIP: Zip-tie wires together once you're done working on your grill. This will ensure they don't block the fan and get damaged. 

 

CONTROLLER WIRING DIAGRAM

NOTE: The controller face may vary depending on the AC controller, but the wiring is the same. 

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