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  1. #11
    Wow! What a timely post! I haven't been here in months but just a couple days ago my MAK started tripping the GFCI. I thought it was the GFCI since I've already had to replace the one in the garage. Is there a way to verify that it is the igniter rod and not the GFCI?

  2. #12
    Plug it into the GFCI you just replaced in your garage. If it trips that one too, then it's your ignitor rod. Give MAK a call and they will fix you right up.

    Don't let it stop you from cooking. Follow BP's advice in the original post to light manually.
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    MAK 1 Star General #651 - 2014 Model
    former owner - MAK 1 Star General #171
    22.5" Weber Performer with Stoven Pellet Grill attachment
    27 + year old 22.5" Weber Kettle (still works fine)
    Modified Horizontal Offset Smoker - used mainly for cold smoking.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Tailback View Post
    Is there a way to verify that it is the igniter rod and not the GFCI?
    Yes, simply unplug the igniter from the controller and run the grill as normal for a few minutes, if the GFI doesn't trip you know it is the igniter. Let us know and we will send you a new HD igniter.
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  4. #14
    Need your direction. I've replaced the igniter rod and the GFI outlet. It is still tripping on me. Suggestions?
    Thanks,

    Fred
    CBJ, MAK 2 Star #1355, Backwoods Extended Party, Good-one Patio, Weber Silver, UDS

  5. #15
    Email us at service@makgrills.com so we can troubleshoot with you.
    Superior Wood Pellet BBQ Smoker Grills!
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  6. #16
    I am not an electrician so I'm hoping one of you might be able to answer this question. My MAK has been tripping the GFCI outlet so we replaced the ignitor and I replaced the outlet as well (20 amp). My MAK has been still tripping so I followed MAK Daddy's suggestion and tried another outlet. No problems so far. So my question is if I change the breaker switch in the circuit box will that take care of the problem?

    Thanks,

    Fred
    CBJ, MAK 2 Star #1355, Backwoods Extended Party, Good-one Patio, Weber Silver, UDS

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Phred View Post
    I am not an electrician so I'm hoping one of you might be able to answer this question. My MAK has been tripping the GFCI outlet so we replaced the ignitor and I replaced the outlet as well (20 amp). My MAK has been still tripping so I followed MAK Daddy's suggestion and tried another outlet. No problems so far. So my question is if I change the breaker switch in the circuit box will that take care of the problem?

    Thanks,

    Fred

    A bad ground on a circuit can also cause a GFCI to pop. I had that issue one time. Any load more than a light bulb or so and it would pop. This may not be your problem, but something else to think about.
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    MAK 1 Star General #651 - 2014 Model
    former owner - MAK 1 Star General #171
    22.5" Weber Performer with Stoven Pellet Grill attachment
    27 + year old 22.5" Weber Kettle (still works fine)
    Modified Horizontal Offset Smoker - used mainly for cold smoking.

  8. #18
    Thanks TentHunter, I'll check it out.
    CBJ, MAK 2 Star #1355, Backwoods Extended Party, Good-one Patio, Weber Silver, UDS

  9. #19
    To let everyone know what happened just in case you're having trouble. I had an electrician over the other day to install some new lights in my kitchen ceiling. While he was here I had him check out the outlet and found out the polarity was reversed. The original electrician didn't install it correctly. So if you are having problems you may want to make sure the outlet has been properly wired.
    CBJ, MAK 2 Star #1355, Backwoods Extended Party, Good-one Patio, Weber Silver, UDS

  10. #20
    Another thought. I had a bad igniter rod. MAK replaced no questions. Then, this Winter, I spaced offcovering my grill during really heavy rain. I had to manual start, but since I had time, I put it on high to do a good cleaning. After ridding the grill of moisture, no problem. That was about 6 months ago. No problems since. I wonder if moisture in ash could cause a problem if it contacts the rod? I'm in Oregon (So is MAK) so they could probably do some testing on this. In Kuwait,we had to pour bags of salt into the sand and water 4X daily just to get a good ground. I'm wondering if there's some wierd grounding or voltage draw going on here?

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