Pellet Grill Sounds

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Whether you're new to the Traegerhood or a seasoned griller, you may not know which grill sounds are normal. We're here to help you identify the most common grill sounds and whether or not they're serious.


Fan Sounds 

Whirling and Clicking

Traeger grills have two fan blades that make whirling sounds. These sounds are normal and mean that the grill is functioning properly.

If you hear clicking sounds, check out our self help tips here: Clicking Sound

Grinding Sound

If you hear grinding sounds, it may be due to your grill's auger being off-center in the auger tube.

  1. Check if the auger is centered in the auger tube.
  2. If the auger is not centered in the auger tube, center it. 
  3. Check if the auger is warped.
  4. If your auger is warped, replace the auger.

Squeaking Sound

If your auger motor is making a squeaking sound, WD-40 can be used to reduce the sound.

Exploding / Boom Sound

An explosion or booming sound come from what's called a "lid burp." Lid burps are uncommon and only happen if your grill doesn't shut down correctly because the flame went out or after getting an LEr or Low Temp Error

Your grill will experience ash buildup in the firepot if it didn't shut down properly after an LEr or a flameout. The pellets won't ignite when you start your grill due to ash buildup. However, pellets will continue to feed into your grill's firepot. Your grill will experience gas buildup, resulting in your grill "burping," or the lid opening on its own. 

If your grill experiences a flameout or an LEr, please take the steps below to prevent a lid burp:

  1. Run your grill through the proper Grill Shutdown Cycle. 
  2. Vacuum out you grill and the firepot.
  3. Place fresh pellets in the firepot before restarting your grill, or before the next time you cook.


If you hear your grill squeak, your grill's lid and hopper's lid hinges may be too tight.

To stop your grill's squeaking, please take the step below:

  1. Use a screwdriver to loosen your lid's screws

If your auger motor is making a squeaking sound, WD-40 can be used to reduce the sound.

Motor Sounds

The grill's motors spin slowly. If you hear your grill clicking, the motor may have problems. The motor may be hitting cables inside the hopper.

To fix the motor, take the step below:

  1. Grab a zip tie and bundle the cables inside the hopper together. 

Shrill Sounds

If the fan emits a "shrill sound," the ball bearing is misaligned, and the induction fan needs to be replaced. This will be a continuous high-pitched sound. 

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Support.


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