Traeger is tripping GFI every time I plug it in.

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Hi there,

I am looking for some help in fixing my Traeger. Every time I plug it in and try to start it, my house GFI is tripped. You see the lights come on in the temp gauge and then it immediately trips the GFI. I have tried two different outlets on different circuits but it does the same for both. Any ideas on what is going on? I have read that it may be the control unit or auger motor. My unit is about 7 years old. Thanks in advanced.
 

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Hi there,

I am looking for some help in fixing my Traeger. Every time I plug it in and try to start it, my house GFI is tripped. You see the lights come on in the temp gauge and then it immediately trips the GFI. I have tried two different outlets on different circuits but it does the same for both. Any ideas on what is going on? I have read that it may be the control unit or auger motor. My unit is about 7 years old. Thanks in advanced.
Replace the power cord as a first pass, somewhere there is current leakage to ground, or faulty ground. If not the cord, and if it's not a DC unit with power supply module to suspect, but an instead an A/C unit, it would be the controller, fan, or auger leaking current to ground. Traeger "should" know what is the most common cause.
 

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Unplug the grill and check/clean the hot rod igniter that starts the pellets in the fire pot. This is usually the culprit.
It should be sticking out about 1/8-1/4". Make sure it is not able to slide in and out as its held in place by a set screw.
 
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Unplug the grill and check/clean the hot rod igniter that starts the pellets in the fire pot. This is usually the culprit.
It should be sticking out about 1/8-1/4". Make sure it is not able to slide in and out as its held in place by a set screw.
I'd be surprised as the hot rod doesn't rely on ground, it's a two wire device so it's basically self contained, unless it's internally defective and now making electrical contact with the grounded grill body. It that's the case, then replacement is required.
 

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I just got the new PRO 575 and am passing down a BBQ 075 from 2008 to my son.
Just joined the forum and was hoping to help.
Replaced the hot rod twice for this problem on the 075, and as I recall when they were putting them together in the grill shop they quickly realized that if the rod was adjusted out to far it would blow the breaker.
This troubleshooter should help.
 

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I just got the new PRO 575 and am passing down a BBQ 075 from 2008 to my son.
Just joined the forum and was hoping to help.
Replaced the hot rod twice for this problem on the 075, and as I recall when they were putting them together in the grill shop they quickly realized that if the rod was adjusted out to far it would blow the breaker.
This troubleshooter should help.
Perfect guide, isolate each subsystem piece until you find the culprit. Any one can leak to ground and pop a GFI, including a worn power cord.

But a mis adjusted hot rod should not be a cause, unless the clamp screw damaged its casing.
 

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