11 Pit Boss Temperature Problems [Easy Solutions]

The most common Pit Boss temperature problems are temperature blinking, smoker getting too hot, temperature swing, grills not heating up, temperature dropping, faulty heating elements & temp probe, incorrect temperature setting, flaming up, and too much smoke.

Stay tuned till the end if you want to know the easy solutions to all these Pit Boss pellet grills temperature issues.

11 Pit Boss Temperature Problems [Easy Solutions]

Pit Boss is one of the top-quality Bar B Q smokers. Yet sometimes, it can give you trouble. But knowing the proper solution will lessen your struggles and help you to cook foods with better smoke flavor. Here are all the culprits behind your Pit Boss temperature troubles and their simple solutions.  

Pit Boss temperature problems

1. Pit Boss Overheating & ErH Code

Sometimes you may notice your pit boss keeps getting too hot and showing ErH code on the display. This grill overheating happens due to a grease fire, filthy or corroded grease tray, dirty or rusty fire pot, and grill grates. Plus, you may find  ErH overheating error code showing because the heat baffle gets damaged or it’s wrongly placed. 

Besides if you place the grill under direct sunlight or in the hot weather, you will discover your pit boss is overheating. Excessive pellets in the firepot, dirty or rusty RTD temperature probe, faulty P-setting and damaged control board can also be culprits behind your Pit Boss temp higher than setting.


Try the following solutions to fix your Pit Boss smoker overheating issue:

  • Clean your barbeque smoker wholly if your grill faces grease fire. Especially, clean the grease tray, fire pot and RTD temperature probe. Before cleaning, make sure the grill is unplugged and cool enough. Here you can read our guide how to clean a smoker after grease fire perfectly and safely. Besides, if you find any of these parts getting damaged, change that one.  
  • Check the heat baffle and confirm that the heat baffle is placed correctly. And if you find the heat baffle is dead, replace it.  
  • Place the grill under any shade and cook in a cool place, not under the sunlight. 
  • Inspect if there are excessive wood pellets in the firepot before starting your cooking. Plus, don’t forget to clean the firepot after every 3-4 cookings.
  • Find the P-settings are okay or not and ensure the right P-setting. And incase of the dead control board, replace it.

2. Pit Boss Temperature Blinking

Have you ever noticed the temperature flashing on your Pit Boss smokers display? If you did, then you must have wondered, “why is my pit boss temperature blinking?”

Well, the temperature on the Pit Boss smoker blinks when the grill doesn’t heat up to a certain heat. The reason why your grill is not hot enough can be insufficiency of fuel, dirty probes, and obstructed pellet-feeding system.

pit boss temperature blinking


This issue can be solved easily in the following methods:

  • Check if there is enough fuel or pellets in the hopper
  • Clear any obstruction from auger motor and oil it
  • Clean the temperature probes or replace them if you can
  • Look for obstructions in the feed system. Remove whatever is stuck there
  • Shut off the grill and then start it again

This should fix your grill temperature blinking issue. 

Note: Sometimes, the obstructed pellet-feeding auger may shut off your smoker. Then you can fix the issue by reading our why Pit Boss smoker shuts off and easy solution guide.

3. Pit Boss Temperature Swings

The common reasons behind your Pit Boss pellet grill temperature fluctuations are the outside temperature, dirty grill, slightly or fully opening lid, poor airflow, low quality or old pellets, changing the cooking temperature frequently, using heavy-duty foil, the faulty heat baffle, damaged dip tray and cooking a lot of foods at a time. 


  • Don’t use large pans. Using a large pan will block the air flow and lead the temperature to fluctuate.
  • Place the foods keeping a reasonable gap from your grill edge. It can be 1 inch. 
  • While using foil on a drip tray liner to keep it safe from grease, don’t forget to wrap it tightly all around the drip tray edge to ensure air circulation. The poorly wrapped foil will hamper the air flow and cause temperature ups and downs. 
  • Check the heat baffle and dip tray. If they are damaged, replace them because damaged dip tray and heat baffles can cause grill temperature fluctuation.   
  • Don’t open the lid frequently. Make sure it’s closed perfectly.
  • Never use old or poor quality pellets. Inferior quality pellets create huge ashes which cover the sensor interface. Thus the sensor can’t regulate grill temperature properly.As a result, the grill temperature begins to fluctuate. So, always use high quality pellets.
  • Don’t allow the hopper to get empty.  
  • Keep your grill clean always because a dirty grill causes auger jam, flaming out and grease fire. And all these issues lead the grill temperature too high.
  • While cooking, place your grill in an area which is not very windy or cold because ambient temperature plays a great role in grill temperature control. Plus, don’t keep the grill under direct sunlight because it will make your grill hotter.  
  • Finally, clean your grill flawlessly.

However, you know Pit Boss offers 5 years of warranty. So if you face the problem of temperature swings within 5 years of purchase, you can consult Pit Boss customer care and get the fix for free.

4. Pit Boss Grill Not Heating Up

Your grill will not heat up if the device doesn’t start in the first place. As a result, the unit becomes as useless as nothing. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for it.


If your Pit Boss grill doesn’t heat up, try the following method:

  • Plug out the unit from the power outlet and test it to see if everything is okay
  • Plug it back in properly if everything seems fine
  • If either of these parts is broken, then replace it with a new one
  • Check the circuit breaker and see if the GFI circuit has tripped
  • Set the temperature dial to “OFF” and then to “Smoke”, setting

If this doesn’t do anything for you, check the grill’s igniter and clean it with a brush. However, if the situation remains the same, call the manufacturer and let them fix your unit.

5. Pit Boss Temperature Dropping

The temperature drops in the Pit Boss grill for many reasons such as humidity, inconsistent oxygen supply, bad wood pellet quality, and clogged dirt in the system. As a result of these issues, you never get the desired temperature, and your food remains uncooked.


Ensuring certain things will get your Pit Boss functioning properly. Here’s what to do:

  • Use your grill outside but not in the direct sun
  • Make sure that the lid is not too much open or too much close
  • Always use dry hard-wood pellets
  • Clean the interior of the grill regularly
  • Ensure a persistent supply of fuel

These points should be enough to keep your Pit Boss temperature at the perfect level.

6. Pit Boss Heating Element Not Working

The heating element of grills is the ignitor. If this part of the device doesn’t work, there won’t be any fire to burn the pellets with. Simply put, a faulty heating element will ruin the functionality of the unit.

pit boss heating element no working


There are two ways of fixing the heating elements of the Pit Boss wood pellet grill. Firstly, you can try cleaning the ignitor. Here’s how to do it:

  • Remove the racks, frames, and other elements from the inside of the grill
  • Reach the ignitor with a Phillips screwdriver
  • Unscrew the ignitor and pull it out only a little so that its wires don’t get affected
  • Lightly rub the gunks off and move the obstructions away
  • Install the ignitor back to its place

However, if this doesn’t solve your issue, you have to replace the ignitor. You can do it in the following way,

  • Unscrew the ignitor in the above-mentioned way
  • After unscrewing the ignitor, put it through the burn tube. This will get your ignitor out into the hopper
  • Remove the bottom of the pellet hopper to reach the ignitor
  • Cut the zip-ties holding the wires and disconnect its purple and white wires
  • Take the new ignitor and attach the white and purple wire to it
  • Reverse the whole process to install the ignitor in its place tightly

And now that you have replaced the ignitor, there won’t be any heating element issue. You can also watch the video to make the heating element replacing process more simple.

7. Pit Boss Temp Probe Not Working

Sometimes, you may find your pit boss temp probe reading high or not working at all. When your pit boss temperature meat probe begins to behave wrongly, most probably, your probe might get faulty or bad. Also, an incorrectly inserted probe won’t work fine.

Plus, you know your meat probe comes with 3.5mm jack which you need to insert into the control board directly. Sometimes, the jack may get broken or stuck inside the controller. As a result, your meat probe will provide you with incorrect temperature results or won’t show any reading.


  • First of all, check and find if you have correctly inserted the probe or not, and make sure the insert is okay.
  • If the meat probe gets bad or faulty, you need to go for replacing it. Here, you can contact the pit boss support center and have a new one.
  • When you find the meat probe jack is broken or stuck in the controller, first remove the broken tip from the controller. And in that case, also you have to replace your meat probe.

8. Pit Boss Too Much Smoke

You need smoke in your grill to give your meat a flavor. But too much smoke will not only ruin your food, but it will also damage your smoking grill as well. 

pit boss smoking too much

Bad pellet quality can be the reason behind this issue. However, if you are using good quality pellets and still getting too much smoke, the P-setting is the culprit.


P-setting in the Pit Boss grill is a feature that helps to determine the duration of pellet supply in the system. If the P-setting is too high, there will be too many pellets in the burner. As a result, more and more smoke will generate in the whole unit. Here’s how to adjust P-setting on Pit Boss:

  • Locate the P-setting option beside the power button
  • Press it to check the current setting on the display
  • Keep pressing the P-setting button till it reaches the P-1 or p-2 option

Give the unit a bit of time to settle down in its new adjustment. After 5 to 10 minutes, there will not be excessive smoke anymore. But our ultimate solution guide with Pit smoking too much will help you more to fix this smoke issue perfectly. Plus, you can watch the video to get an extensive idea about Pit Boss P-settings.

9. Temperature Settings Not Generating Heat

Pit Boss smoker’s temperature setting is a great feature. It helps you to get the grilling temperature you need with utmost ease. Just rotate the dial to the level of heat you are looking for, and everything will be set within a few moments.

But sometimes, the temperature setting fails to generate the heat you want. The reason behind the imbalance between the temperature setting and the actual heat is the problematic P-setting. Plus, if your grill firepot fails to get enough oxygen flow, the grill won’t produce needed heat through its set temperature. However, it’s easily fixable.


As we have discussed earlier, P-setting determines the number of pellets your system will receive after a certain duration of time. If the P-setting is too high while your temperature setting is too low, or vice-versa, there will never be the temperature you need.

So to get things to normal, all you have to do is adjust the P-setting in accordance with the temperature level you have set on the dial. This should get everything working. If you can handle all these situations according to the instructions, you will never have to face the Pit Boss temperature problem again. Besides, make sure enough oxygen flows to the firepot.

10. Pit Boss Flaming Up & Getting Too Hot

You may find your Pit Boss sometimes is flaming up or catching fire and getting too hot to touch. Remember, this flaming up is happening due to excessive grease or oil in the grease tray or grill grates. Besides, if the lid is fully or partially opened, your grill will catch fire. Further, cooking at high heat for a long time can be the cause of flaming up. 


  • Clean the oils, dirt and grease from the grease tray and grill cooking grates before starting your cooking.
  • Keep the lid closed perfectly so that oxygen can’t enter into the smoker. 
  • While cooking for a long period of time with high heat, don’t forget to monitor the internal temperature of the smoker and flames. 

11. Pit Boss Temperature Error Code ErP

This ErP error code will pop up in your Pit Boss display if you connect your grill to the power outlet keeping the grill’s temperature dial in the ON position. Plus, ErP error code will also show when your grill shuts down incorrectly because of an electrical failure or interruption. 

Or you didn’t shut off your grill correctly when it was connected to the power outlet and you used it for the last time. Basically, it’s a safety measure from Pit Boss to keep your grill safe from an unwanted or accidental start. 

How To Fix ErP Error Code

Fixing the ErP error code is super simple. You need to restart your Pit Boss. Very first, rotate the temperature dial to OFF position for restarting your grill. Then you need to shut off your grill just by pressing the grill’s power button. After shutting off the grill, allow your Pit Boss 2 minutes to take rest and get cool.

After 2 minutes, again turn on your grill pressing the power button. Now, set the temperature dial to your expected temperature level for cooking or smoke level. And you are done. Hopefully, this ErP error code won’t appear again on your grill display. 

Tips To Avoid This ErP Temperature Error Code

Follow the below tips so that you won’t face this error code issue:

  • Always shut down your grill correctly after cooking. Make sure the temperature dial to the OFF position before unplugging the grill power cord from the outlet. 
  • Allow the grill fan to get stopped moving before disconnecting your grill from power. 
  • If there is a possibility of power discontinuity or interruption due to bad weather or storm, don’t go for using your grill. It will lead your grill to faulty shutdown. 

How Often To Clean Pellet Grill To Avoid Temperature Issues

Regular cleaning of your grill won’t allow the grease and grime to get their nest and create any blockage. So, it will help you not struggle with your Pit Boss grill temperature issue. So, clean your pellet grill with the following advice to keep it in good condition:

1. Every 3-4 Grilling Sessions

You should inspect your grill after every three or four grilling sessions. Clean the interior properly and must keep your attention to vital heating components like burn pot, igniter, and grease drip tray. Unblock them and make them dirt-free. It will keep your Pit Boss in good health and you will find it struggles less with temperature problems.

2. Clean After Every Use

After every cooking, don’t allow the grill to stay with grease and specks of dirt. At least clean the exterior. Especially scrub the grates and remove all the leak grease from the surface. That will prevent rusting over the metal and increase grill durability.

3. Before Every Grilling Season

Never start grilling immediately at beginning of every grilling season. You must scrub the grates or wipe out the above dirt even it seems clean to you. It will ensure the best taste in your food. Plus, cleaning your grill before starting the grilling season will keep your grill healthy. So, It won’t struggle with many more issues including temperature.

4. Clean After Evry Season

Remember, don’t forget to clean your pellet smokers grills after every grilling season. It would be wise to for a thorough cleaning with hot soapy water and a hard nylon brush. It will prevent your grill from rusting.

How To Clean Your Pit Boss Pellet Smoker’s Grill

As you already know, most of the time, temperature issues happen due to air vent blockage, dirty grease tray, firepot, and clogged in many vital heating elements. In that case, you need to clean your smoking grills to fix the grill temperature problem.

cleaning pit boss pellet grill

To clean your grill, first of all, get the following cleaning tools:

  • Non-metallic bristle brush
  • Stainless steel wire brush
  • Soft microfiber cloth
  • BBQ grease cleaner
  • Cleaing spong
  • Paper towel
  • Brush attached vacuum cleaner
  • A hand gloves

Now start cleaning following the below steps:

  • First of all, turn off your pellet smoker grill and disconnect the power cord from the man socket. Leave it until it reaches completely cool. Again, before starting the cleaning, make sure your grill grates are not hot.
  • It would be better to start with the hopper. Remove all the pellets from it first and keep them in a bucket safely. Suck all the ashes using a vacuum cleaner. Now, take a brush and wipe out all the residue from the bottom and surface of the hopper.
  • Then, move to the exterior parts. You will see stuck grease oil there. Take a stainless steel wire brush and start scrubbing. It will help to remove the grease thoroughly. 
  • After scrubbing, take a mild BBQ cleaner. You may use a gentle dish cleanser and mix it with adequate water. Now, start sponging all remaining residue by using a sponge dip with soapy water. After that, rinse with water thoroughly.
  • Must keep in mind that you are not using any harsh chemicals and bleach while cleaning the components. 
  • Then, after exterior, come to the grill grates. You have to clean this part very sensibly. First of all, scrape off all the residue from the tampers. Take a non-metallic bristle brush to scrub the grates. But sometimes, it may fall out ans stuck on the grates. So, be careful from it. Then wipe the grates using a paper towel. You may remove the tampers and clean them separately. 
  • Once you have done, dry all wet components properly. That’s all the straightforward steps to clean the grill very effectively. 
  • Finally, reassemble the grill and put pellets in the hopper. Plugin it and turn it on. Now start smoking or grilling. Always bear in mind that a neat and clean grill will be able to provide you with the best BBG result that you ever desired. 


How do I make my Pit Boss hotter?

You can lift the chimney cup to increase the airflow in the system. This will raise the temperature.

What is the highest smoke setting on Pit Boss?

The smoke setting of the Pit Boss smoker is basically the P-setting. And it gets as high as P-7.

What does ErL mean on Pit Boss?

The ErL or Er1 code on the Pit Boss smoker means that the temp probe has lost connection.

Do Pit Boss pellet smokers make enough smoke?

Yes, you can get a sufficient amount of smoke from your Pit Boss pellet smoker.

Where is the fuse on a Pit Boss pellet grill?

The Pit Boss pellet grill fuse is located behind the control board.

Is pit boss a good pellet grill?

Yes, Pit Boss is one of the best wood pellet grills in the market by which you can start your pellet grilling journey like a pro.

Final Verdict:

Dealing with the Pit Boss temperature problem doesn’t seem like much of an issue now, does it? There is no need for complicated modifications or expensive replacements if such problems occur. Just follow what this article tells you, and you are good to go with your pellet smoker grill.

However, if you have any questions, then leave a comment below. We will come to you with a possible solution as soon as possible.

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3 thoughts on “11 Pit Boss Temperature Problems [Easy Solutions]”

  1. My grill keeps cutting off while I am cooking and I have to unplug it from the wall and plug back in to get it running again. Use to be if I set temp over 400 it would do this but now it does it if it’s only on 350. What is causing this ?

  2. I purchased a Pit Boss Sportsman 1100 2 months ago and have had nothing but problems. Wild temperature fluctuations…. It has done it since day one. they have sent me a new temperature probe and now are sending me a new controller. Probably the most frustrating experience ever for me…. Their customer service is horrible and I will never purchase a Pit Boss product again.


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