Why Traeger Induction Fan Not Spinning & How To Fix [Solved]

The induction fan of your favorite Traeger Grill helps to circulate the smoke throughout the cooking chamber. Because of it, you will gain a smoky flavor on your cook. If the Traeger fan is not working properly, you will never get the smoky flavor. 

Now, the question that may arise in your mind is- why is my Traeger induction fan not spinning? 

A faulty controller, damaged wire to the controller, and dirt deposits on the shaft and around the fan are some culprits that stop your Traeger fan from spinning. 

And this Traeger troubleshooting guide will help you overcome those issues to let the fan function correctly. We also provide the Traeger fan replacement guide. So, stay in tune with us. 

Why Is My Traeger Induction Fan Not Spinning?

Figure out the culprits that are responsible for the induction fan not spinning properly. 

1. Defective Or Bad Controller

‘Traeger induction fan not working!’ Then, the first thing you need to check out is the controller. It’s the part of your Traeger grill that provides the power your induction fan needs to spin.

If the controller of your Traeger grill gets faulty or damaged, the induction fan will not get the power it needs to function properly. 

How To Fix:

The only way to solve the issue is to replace the defective controller. So, get a new controller from Traeger and install it. Here is how you can bring an upgrade to your Traeger induction fan:

  • Unplug your grill first. Go underneath the hopper of your grill and locate the four Molex connectors. Then, unplug each of the connectors. 
  • Next, go in front of your hopper and remove the two Phillip head screws from your controller. 
  • Wiggle the controller to pull it out from the hopper. Remove the two white-rated wires that are connected to your RTD Pro. 
  • Now, upgrade your old or bad controller with a new one and put everything back the way you disassembled the controller. 
  • Ensure no wires are touching the two fans inside the hopper. Otherwise, your Traeger will make a noise when the wires hit the sidewall of the hopper. 
  • Now, turn on your Traeger and check whether the induction fan is working or not. We hope the induction will spin now. 

2. A Bad Wire To The Controller

Only the bad controller is not the culprit behind a malfunctioning induction fan. A damaged wire to your Traeger controller is also responsible for this issue: the Traeger fan not spinning.

If the wire gets worn out or gets twisted somehow, the fan will get little to no power to function properly. 

Apart from this, the induction fan will not work if no electrical power is running to the orange wires coming from the controller. 


Just replace the power cord and the damaged orange wires coming from the controller to fix this issue.

However, it’ll be a little bit tricky to replace the wires. If you don’t know how to change the wires, check out this tutorial. 

3. Sooth Or Filth Build Up On And Around The Fan

Dirt or grease build-up on the shaft and around the fan also stops your induction fan from spinning.

If you don’t use your grill often, dirt & dust can make their home on the shaft. Not cleaning your grill after every use may allow the grease to sit on & around the fan and clog it. 


Just spin the fan a couple of times to loosen the dirt on and around the shaft & the fan to let the fan work properly. And don’t forget to clean your smoker after every cook.

How To Replace A Traeger Induction Fan?

If you notice your Traeger draft induction fan is not spinning or working properly, it’s time to replace it. And the following steps will help you to do that. 

  • First off, make sure you unplug your grill from the outlet. It’s pretty easy, and you don’t need to remove the hopper assembly to change the induction fan.
  • Locate your induction fan first. It’s the one that has orange wires coming from it. 
  • Ensure you unplug the orange wires by unplugging the plastic Molex connectors coming from your controller.
  • Use a 1/4″ wrench or nut driver to remove the four screws and remove the fan motor.
  • Insert a new fan and use those four screws to tighten it down. Plug the orange connector back into your controller.
  • Finally, run your Traeger to test whether the induction fan is running or not. 


Does the fan always run on a Traeger?

Yes, the induction fan and the auger of your Traeger Grill run continuously as long as you keep your Traeger smoker turned on. The fan runs throughout the cooking session as it distributes the smoke evenly throughout the cooking chamber. 

How do I know if my Traeger fan is working?

You can easily understand whether the Traeger fan is working properly or not. Regarding this, turn on your grill and keep your hand over the firepot. If you feel the airflow, understand the fan functions correctly. 

Where is the induction fan on Traeger?

The induction fan on Traeger is located under the hopper. This induction fan will help to distribute the smoke throughout the cooking chamber. 

How do you change a heating element on a Traeger?

Changing a heating element or the hot rod on your Traeger is a little bit tricky. We recommend you read our easy guide to replace the defective heating element


The draft induction fan of your Traeger is a crucial component that helps to distribute smoke throughout the cooking chamber.

It may get defective for a faulty controller or a damaged wire to the controller. If the fan doesn’t function properly, we will never gain a smoky flavor.

So, fix the induction fan issue as soon as you can by following the guide we mentioned above. If needed, replace it with a new induction fan. 

If your Traeger induction fan does not spin after replacing it, we recommend you call Traeger customer service for help. 

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2 thoughts on “Why Traeger Induction Fan Not Spinning & How To Fix [Solved]”

  1. I’m on my third auger motor. The last on only worked a few tines. It will heat and work then stops working . There is no obstruction. Any thoughts

    • Hi Mike

      Have you cleaned the auger? If not, clean it thoroughly & make sure no pellets are stuck inside the auger.

      If cleaning doesn’t work, watching the video will be helpful for you.

      Hopefully, your grill issue will be solved.

      Wish you a happy grilling!


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