Why Your Pit Boss Won’t Turn On And What Steps Can You Take

May 27, 2023 5 min read

Pit Boss Won’t Turn On

It can be disheartening to invest in a Pit Boss grill only for it to not turn on. You can get frustrated, and you want to return the grill to the company and get your money back. However, you don't need to be so disheartened, as some simple ways can help you fix the issue. 

If you are excited about your outdoor cookouts, but your Pit Boss won't turn on, then you have come to the right place. We have understood the different issues and provided you with complete solutions for you to make the most out of your investment.

Why Your Pit Boss Won’t Turn On

Before we move to the solutions, you have to understand why the grill will not turn on in the first place. Here are the top reasons for it not to turn on:

  • You have not plugged in the grill to a power source 
  • Even if it is plugged in, the power source, outlet, or extension cord is malfunctioning
  • The fuse has burned 
  • There is damage to the power cord 
  • The GFCI is tripping 

Keep in mind that the aforementioned reasons are the most common issues. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your Pit Boss grill will face the same problem. The key is to diagnose and check the grill before you understand the reason and what solution you can opt for.

What Steps Can You Take To Turn On The Pit Boss

Now that you know the reasons, you are probably eager for a solution to get your grill to work. Fortunately, here are some steps you can take to turn on the Pit Boss:

1. Ensure That The Cables And Power Source Are Working Optimally 

This solution is for reasons one, two, and four. If the grill is not plugged, there's malfunctioning in the cords or outlets, or the cord has been damaged, then you can apply this solution. We recommend that you plug the Pit Boss grill into the correct outlet to begin the solution. 

These outlets include anything between 110 and 120V. People in the USA don’t need to worry about it because these are the standard outlets inside each home. Both of them will easily power the Pit Boss grill without any issues. 

You can also connect another appliance to check whether it is working or not. If it works, and the Pit Boss won't turn on, then you must check the extension cord and the outlet. Again, inspecting every connection for damage, breakage, or blockages will help you understand the issue. 

A multimeter test will also help you test the connector's ground side. The multimeter will provide a reading of 0 ohms if the cord is fine. However, if the ohms begin fluctuating or it is too high, then it is time for you to replace the cord. 

We recommend that you check all of these things one by one to understand what is the real issue with the Pit Boss grill. Then, by the time you are done, you will easily find a fix that works for you. 

2. Time To Look At The Fuse 

The fuse can burn or suffer damage, which is why the grill will not turn on. For this, you will have to dismantle the control panel and witness if the fuse has any visible damage you can fix. First, you must disconnect the grill from the power source, and then you need to take out the control panel. 

A good way to check whether the control panel fuse is in working condition or not is to press the power button and wait for the blue light. When there is no blue light, you can remove the panel to check the fuse behind it. You will find the fuse on the left side, and it will be in green plastic.

Replacement will be needed if the fuse wire has suffered breakage or it is completely black. We recommend that you order a few fuses because many people blow even more fuses when trying to fix this issue. Once you have installed the new fuse you have gotten, you can put the control panel back in place and connect it to the power source. 

Sometimes, after you have fixed this issue, the control panel may light up for a bit before the fuse blows again. When this happens, we recommend that you check the fuse and replace it once more. However, if this issue is persistent, it might mean that there is something wrong with one of the components inside the grill. 

Also Read: Pit Boss Temp Lower Than Setting: 6 Reasons + Fixes

3. Check The Components Within The Grill 

If you have followed the steps we have listed above and the fuse still blows up, then you need to follow these steps. Various components within the grill include the following:

  • Auger motor
  • Power cable 
  • The temperature probe 
  • Igniter
  • Fan

Most of these components will have a Molex connector that you can detach. You must check each component and if its connection is secure. Damage to the components can also cause them to malfunction, so check that too. 

We recommend disconnecting the Molex connectors and letting the black and white cables remain connected. You can turn on the grill and see which component is acting faulty. Disconnect the components and keep connecting them one by one to see which one is causing the fuse to blow. 

When you have found the culprit, you can take the steps needed to fix these issues. In some cases, you will have to completely replace the components that are faulty. You can find out how to replace them through YouTube tutorials or call the company to help you out. 

It is best to have a warranty for these problems so that you don't have to pay too much for the replacement. So, if any of these components are not working, it is time to replace them.

4. The GFCI Tripping 

The GFCI is short for ground fault circuit interrupters, and these have been added to the grill to provide you with a safe experience. However, there are a few reasons that can trip the GFCI. These include moisture, damaged GFCI, electrical faults, circuit overload, and more. 

When it starts tripping, it means that there is a lot of amperage flowing in the wire than it is supposed to handle. 3.1 amps and 250 watts are everything the Pit Boss needs not to trip. If you want to fix this problem, we recommend that you wait several minutes after it has tripped and reset the circuit. 

It should begin working again without any issues. This simple method can easily fix the tripping problem. 

Final Thoughts 

Now that you know the reasons for the Pit Boss not turning on and the steps you can take, you can start troubleshooting the grill one by one. Unless there is a serious issue, these methods will help you turn the power of the grill on without any issues. But, if the issue still remains, then you must get in touch with the company. 

The Pit Boss customer care will listen to your concerns and provide you the optimal solutions. They might even send professionals to your home to check if the issue is serious.


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