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WiFIRE-Enabled (D2) Grill Running Too Hot

Traeger grills cook on an average, meaning that there may be some slight fluctuation higher or lower than the set temperature, leading to a correct average temperature throughout the duration of the cook.

If you feel that your grill is consistently running too hot, let's run through some common troubleshooting to have your grill meet expectations. If this is a one-off experience due to a grill fire or getting a HEr error message, please review Grill fires or High Temp Error.

Check Your Firmware and App Versions

Older app and firmware versions can lead to temperature inaccuracies. Make sure your grill is running on the latest firmware, and that your app is updated. You can find the most current app and firmware versions by visiting www.traegergrills.com/status.

For more information, check out our Firmware Updates article.

Ensure Proper Startup

An improper start-up can affect the temperature of a cook even hours in. Check out our Startup Guide to determine the proper startup procedure for your grill.

Other Possible Causes

How often are you opening the lid while cooking?

  • Repeated opening of the grill can cause the temperature to fluctuate quite a bit. This can cause multiple issues, including the increased temperatures as the grill tries to compensate for the repeated opening of the lid. Remember, "If you're lookin, you ain't cookin'."

Hot Weather

  • Hot weather can particularly affect your grill's temperature. If you have a WiFIRE-enabled grill, the controller should be able to make up for this given time. However, if you have an AC grill, try adjusting the P-Setting to a higher setting.

Did you check the firepot before starting the grill?

  • An excess number of pellets in the firepot during startup will cause a flare-up at the beginning of the cook, which can, in turn, affect the temperature for the remainder of the cook.

Are the internal pieces of the grill installed?

  • Internal pieces of the grill include the drip tray, fire pot, heat baffle, and thermocouple. The grill will run much hotter if the heat baffle or drip tray is not in the grill or is severely damaged (see below).

Are the internal pieces severely damaged?

  • Severely damage would include holes rusted or burnt through through the heat baffle or drip trays. This would NOT include general wear and tear such as minor discoloring or warping.

Is the thermocouple damaged?

  • Look in your grill and check to see if the thermocouple is bent or touching anything.
  • If this is your first cook, make sure the orange protective cover on the thermocouple was removed. If the cover was not removed before the burn-in, please contact Customer Service.