Low temp problem--as in I don't have low temps

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Have been on with Traeger help for three days now--when my unit is started at 165, it zooms immediately to 215 to 220. After over an hour with the tech tonight, he's decided the fan is running too much (?) and getting too much air into the pellet pot, hence running too hot. We reset the unit by unplugging everything and plugging it back in, I'm waiting for it to cool down to vacuum out again, and will try again. Anyone else with this problem/fix? They are sending me a new fan. Brand, brand new...less than a week in possession.
 

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You are in Arizona, I'm guessing it's hot there? In a perfect world the controller feeds pellets into the fire to maintain a temp. If the temp goes too high, it feeds less pellets and visa versa.

The problem occurs if the grill is in a hot climate, the controller sees the high temp and reduces the pellet feed. It does this until it hits the minimum possible feed rate that will still maintain a fire. Unfortunately in a hot climate that minimum flame may still push the grill over it's set temp.

I'm confident that it would be fine in cooler weather. Best you can do is keep it in the shade etc. until it's cooler out. This can happen with any pellet grill.

Some of these Trager tech answers are head scratchers.
 
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You are in Arizona, I'm guessing it's hot there? In a perfect world the controller feeds pellets into the fire to maintain a temp. If the temp goes too high, it feeds less pellets and visa versa.

The problem occurs if the grill is in a hot climate, the controller sees the high temp and reduces the pellet feed. It does this until it hits the minimum possible feed rate that will still maintain a fire. Unfortunately in a hot climate that minimum flame may still push the grill over it's set temp.

I'm confident that it would be fine in cooler weather. Best you can do is keep it in the shade etc. until it's cooler out. This can happen with any pellet grill.

Some of these Trager tech answers are head scratchers.
I thought of that, and so went out early this morning and started it up (it was 60 degrees outside). Same deal, roared right up to 220 without passing Go. I'm having a hard time believing it's the fan...but we shall see. We did a complete reset (unplug all the little connectors inside the control unit, re-plug them in), re-started it after it had completely cooled, and same drill...set at 165, roars up to 215 and stays there.
 

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OK, when you say it stays there, how long did you wait? I agree under 80 in the shade should be fine. Mine does take a while to settle down.

Did you try popping the lid briefly to nudge the temp down?

I'm going to test mine tomorrow at minimum temp in the morning and will report back.
 
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OK, when you say it stays there, how long did you wait? I agree under 80 in the shade should be fine. Mine does take a while to settle down.

Did you try popping the lid briefly to nudge the temp down?

I'm going to test mine tomorrow at minimum temp in the morning and will report back.
Yesterday, I was on with a tech from Traeger and we had it on for an hour and a half (yeah, that was fun), and it went from 210-220 up and down the whole time. After 2 hours, she hung up, I cranked it up to 350 and made chicken since it was already hot. :) I haven't opened the lid to cool it down, but that's a good idea.
 

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OK, 2 1/2 hour test completed, outside air temp was 69-72F.
1- I used the grill and also a FireBoard2 WiFi thermometer with probe mounted next to the Grill's thermocouple.
2- Set Grill to 165 and hit Ignite.
3- Grill slowly rose to 165 and was "ready".
4- Grill maintained 165 within about 5-10F with some spikes.
5- FireBoard read about 10F higher, something I see at the lower temps on this grill, high temps track within a couple of degrees.
6- At two hours I switched to "Keep Warm", the lowest possible temp, which is also 165, the grill seemed almost more stable at holding 165 here.
7- Shutdown, 15minutes auto cool down, mine is slow to cool with its added insulation.

I will say that all grills must be at the most current firmware and configs. My grill used to overshoot badly and with the latest software it now always climbs slowly to any set temp, right from ignition, with no overshoot.

Just my experience here :geek:
 

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