Pit Boss Temperature Problems And Troubleshooting

Pit Boss Sportsman 1100 Pellet Grill

Pit Boss temperature problems are sometimes unavoidable. Pellet grills usually have more parts than conventional charcoal grills or gas-fired units. The presence of the auger and fan can sometimes cause temperature problems and other maintenance issues.

A lot of times, this is manageable. Having some understanding of what the error means and doing a quick troubleshooting exercise should be very helpful. 

Let’s see how these temperature problems for Pit Boss show up and what we can do about it.

Common Error Messages On A Pit Boss Pellet Grill

There are two primary error messages you’ll see on a Pit Boss grill, though there are a few other indicators as well. 

Error Code ErH And What To Do About It

When the dreaded ErH code shows up, it indicates that the heat and temperature control of the grill has some problem. There are plenty of reasons for this error code to show up and it often points to serious problems.

Don’t just give in to this dreaded error message. Running a few checks could save you trouble. ErH means that the unit has overheated and the temperature is higher than the user-set limit.

One of the causes is excess fuel in the grill. To solve this, turn off the grill and give it a chance to cool down. After this, completely remove the pellets, cleaning out the hopper and the grill. As you clean the pellets, it’s also a good chance to clean the interiors of the grill and check if all the components are placed right.

Another, and a more serious reason for this error message, could be a grease fire. In the event of a fire, immediately shut off the grill. You can wait for the fire to die out. If it requires intervention, douse it with baking soda or kosher salt. Remember not to panic and never use water to put out a grease fire.

Once the cause of the fire has been dealt with, you can go back to using the grill. Turn the dial off and wait a few minutes before working on the temperature settings.

What If Pit Boss Grill Isn’t Overheating And I Get Error ErH?

If the grill shows ErH without any signs of overheating, check the connection between the probe wire and temperature control system. An improper connection or damage to the wire could be the reason for this error message.

Dealing With The ErP Error Message And Overheating Pit Boss Grill

The ErP error message is simpler to deal with. This usually shows up if the grill was connected to power while the temperature dial was still in the ‘On’ position.

To deal with this error, turn the dial to the ‘Off’ position and disconnect the grill from the power source. Wait for about two minutes before plugging the grill again and setting the dial to the desired temperature.

Dealing With Other Pit Boss Temperature Problems

Is The Grill Too Old?

Old Pit Boss grills usually run into problems with temperature fluctuations and swings. If the grill has been around for a few years and has seen regular use, the problem could stem from its age. Many pellet grills run into this problem, irrespective of the brand.

If you’ve run into this problem, consider if your warranty is still active. Pit Boss offers a generous five-year warranty, so there is some hope for help. You can reach out to their customer care to see if there’s a fix available.

High Temperature Without An Error Message

Does the pellet grill show a temperature significantly higher than the set amount, but without an error? There could be several underlying causes to this problem, though they’re mostly minor and rare.

You could get a higher temperature reading if the grill is in direct sunlight on a hot and sunny day. Moving the grill to a shaded area or throwing on an insulation blanket will help ease things in this scenario.

In some cases, the deterioration of the external paint could point to a problem. Pit Boss grills have a thin layer of wax along with the paint. This helps with insulation and temperature management. If your grill is old and has a dull or cracked pain, it might have lost the protective wax coat. 

You can apply a protective layer of wax for better results. Or, if you prefer a quick fix, get an insulation blanket for the grill.

A higher temperature could happen if the grill lid is opened too often. Opening the lid causes heat and smoke to escape. So, the pellet grill has to work harder for a while to get back to the right temperature. Occasionally, this may cause the temperature to overshoot with excess fuel, thus causing a higher temperature reading.

Making Sense Of Flashing Temperature Reading On The LCD Screen

See the temperature reading on the LCD screen flash? Well, that signifies a Pit Boss temperature problem opposite to the usual issues. It means the temperature inside the grill has gone too low. 

In most instances, this isn’t a serious problem. Check if any blockages are preventing the auger from feeding pellets to the grill. If the auger or fan aren’t working right, the right amount of pellets isn’t reaching the grill. Oil the auger motor if necessary.

Make sure there are enough pellets in the hopper. You might also want to check for any ash buildup and clean it.

What Should I Do If The Grill Doesn’t Heat To The Set Temperature?

If everything is working fine and the grill doesn’t hit the right temperature, it’s time to take a look at the pellets. 

The first step here is to check if there are enough pellets in the hopper.

The next step is to check if the pellets are in good shape. If a visual examination shows deterioration in the pellets, it’s time to empty the hopper and remove pellets from the grill. Similarly, if the pellets are damp, they will cause problems with smoke and temperature management.

The LCD Screen Went Blank Or The Grill Won’t Start

In such cases, it’s best to start at the basics. Do a quick check and see if the grill is plugged into AC power. If it is already connected, remove it and plug it in again. While you’re at it, check if the wire has any damage or similar problems.

If you’re using an extension cord, check its length. Voltage supplied begins to deteriorate after about 25 feet of extension cord length. If the cord you’re using is too long, the grill may not be getting enough voltage or power.

If the problem persists, check if the circuit board fuse or the GFCI has been tripped. To replace the circuit board fuse, it’s best to check the instruction manual or confirm with Pit Boss customer care. If the problem stemmed from a GFCI trip, you’ll need to reset it for use.

Once you’re done, move the temperature dial to the ‘off’ setting. Wait for a few minutes and move the dial to the ‘smoke’ setting to see if it works.

As the final step, take a look at the igniter. Clean it with a brush if necessary and check if it’s working fine.

If none of this works, it’s time to call the Pit Boss customer care and ask for assistance.

General Pit Boss Pellet Grill Maintenance, Care, And Usage

Check The Temperature Probe

It is likely that the temperature readings, including those that indicate overheating, are coming from the grill’s temperature probe. So, it becomes necessary to ensure that the temperature probe is in good working order.

Incidentally, a poor or damaged condition between the probe wire and temperature control system can trigger an ErH error. Alternatively, you may see error code ErL or Er1. This error code means that the temperature probe has lost connection.

With so much riding on the temperature reading, it makes sense to keep it in good shape. In this case, check the wire for damages and see if it’s connected right. Take this opportunity to clean and wipe down the temperature probe with a damp cloth. 

A clean and dependable meat probe makes all these readings dependable and useful.

Get To Work On The ‘P’ Setting

The ‘P’ Setting on Pit Boss grills is a useful tool to help control the temperature. It can help bring the grill’s internal temperature in-line with the ambient temperature or the expected temperature. 

Pellet grills work by moving pellets from the hopper to the grill, where they are ignited. The auger transfers the right amount of pellets to maintain the set temperature. Then it pauses and repeats the cycle after a while. If you’re seeing constant inconsistencies between the set temperature and grill temperature, you may want to change the auger’s behavior. 

This is achieved by manipulating the ‘P’ setting. To clarify, the ‘P’ stands for ‘pause’, signifying how long the auger waits before moving the pellets to the grill.

Lowering the P setting means reducing the time of pause or the time for a pellet cycle. This will result in the auger moving more pellets from the hopper to the grill. Increasing the P setting will increase the time of the pellet cycle, resulting in fewer pellets being sent to the grill.

This manual intervention to change the P setting might help get the grill temperature to your liking. However, keep in mind that when tweaking the P setting, you’re working with time and amount of pellets. You’ll have to check how the temperature reacts to this setup. 

Pit Boss usually has the default setting at 4. Keep that in mind, just in case making any changes doesn’t bring desired results.

Maintenance And Cleaning Of The Pellet Grill

A well-maintained and clean grill is more likely to work as expected. Keeping the meat probe and temperature probe well-maintained will ensure a better and accurate reading. 

Clean grates reduce the chances of excessive smoke. Thoroughly cleaning the grates and lid, especially after you’re done cooking greasy food is good for the longevity of your grill. It also reduces the chances of flare-up or a grease fire.

Is the burn pot getting enough oxygen? Check if it’s in good shape, clean it, and remove any obstruction. If the pot shows holes or severe corrosion, it’s time for a change. The fan and auger too should run flawlessly, without any obstruction. 

Clean the hopper, and ensure that pellets are in acceptable shape. Discard any damp or deteriorated pellets.

Troubleshooting Your Pit Boss Pellet Grill Temperature

Dependable as pellet grills are, they are not infallible. There can be several issues and Pit Boss temperature problems that you’ll have to handle. Some of the troubleshooting tips listed here can come in handy in a pinch. At least, you should be able to check for common issues.

On that note, don’t shy away from calling the company’s customer care numbers. Pit Boss has a good reputation in customer satisfaction, plus, their grills have a generous five-year warranty.