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4 Reasons Why Your Traeger Keeps Shutting Off   

If you’re the proud owner of a Traeger smoker, you know that there’s nothing quite like cooking with wood smoke. But what do you do when your Traeger keeps shutting off in the middle of cooking?

This can be a frustrating problem, but fortunately, there are a few things you can try to get your smoker back up and running.

There are several reasons why the Traeger keeps shutting off. Here are the most popular reasons:

  • Dirty or damaged sensors;
  • Build-up of food debris on the heating element;
  • Faulty igniter;
  • Damaged power cord;
  • Settings are too low;
  • Traeger is overloading the circuit;
  • Thermostat needs to be reset.

Traeger Auger Stops After a Few Minutes

The most common reason for the Traeger auger to stop is because the sensors are dirty or damaged. Over time, sensors can get clogged with dust and debris, which prevents them from working properly.

First, disconnect the power supply to the smoker to clean the sensors. Then use a small brush or cotton swab to clean the sensors. Once they’re clean, reconnect the power and try smoking again.

If that doesn’t work, the next most likely culprit is a build-up of food debris on the heating element. This can happen if you don’t clean your smoker regularly.

To clean the heating element, first, remove it from the smoker. Then use a wire brush to remove any debris clinging to it. Once it’s clean, put it back in the smoker and try again.

If your smoker still isn’t working, the igniter is the next thing to check. Over time, igniters can wear out and stop working properly. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace the igniter.

To do this, first, disconnect the power supply to the smoker. Then remove the old igniter and install a new one. Once it’s in place, reconnect the power and try again.

If your smoker still isn’t working, the power cord is the next thing to check. If the cord is damaged, it can cause the smoker to shut off. First, disconnect the power cord from the smoker to check for damage. Then inspect it for any frayed or broken wires. If you find any damage, you’ll need to replace the power cord.

If the power cord is in good condition, then the next thing to check is the settings on the smoker. If the settings are too low, it can cause the smoker to shut off. To fix this, simply adjust the settings on the smoker and try again.

If your smoker still isn’t working, it may be overloading the circuit. This can happen if you’re using too many appliances on the same circuit as your smoker. Simply plug your smoker into a different circuit and try again to fix this.

If all else fails, then it’s possible that the thermostat on your smoker needs to be reset. To do this, simply disconnect the power supply to the smoker. Then wait a few minutes and reconnect it. Once it’s been reset, try smoking again.


Why Won’t My Traeger Stay On?

There are a few possible reasons why your Traeger grill keeps shutting off. The most common reason is that the Pellet Hopper Assembly isn’t seated correctly.

The grill will shut off if the pellets aren’t feeding into the firepot. Another possibility is that the Igniter Wire isn’t plugged in. This wire needs to be inserted fully into the igniter to work properly.

If neither of these is the problem, there may be an issue with the igniter itself. Try replacing the batteries and see if that solves the problem. If not, you may need to replace the igniter entirely.

Another possibility is that there is something wrong with the auger motor. This is the part of the grill that feeds pellets into the firepot. If it isn’t working properly, the grill will shut off. You may need to replace the auger motor if this is the case.

Finally, there may be an issue with the temperature probes. These probes are what tell the grill how hot it is. If they aren’t working properly, the grill will shut off. You may need to replace them if this is the case.

If you’ve tried all of these things and your Traeger still won’t stay on, please contact customer service for further assistance.


How Do I Stop My Traeger from Shutting Off?

If your Traeger keeps shutting off, you can do a few things to troubleshoot the issue. First, check to see if the pellet hopper is empty. If it is, simply refill it and restart your grill.

The grill is likely overheating if the pellet hopper isn’t the issue. Increase the distance between the heat deflector and the grill grates to fix this. This will allow more airflow and prevent the grill from getting too hot.

Sometimes ash build-up can cause the grill to overheat. Removing the ash will allow better airflow and hopefully fix the issue. You can also try cleaning the fire pot with a wire brush.

If your grill keeps shutting off, you may need to replace the igniter. This is a relatively easy fix that you can do yourself. Simply order a new igniter and replace it.


Final Thoughts

Hopefully, one of these tips in this article will help you keep your Traeger running smoothly. If not, feel free to contact customer service for further assistance.