Pitboss Erl code ! What does it mean and how to troubleshoot it

Last Updated on: 3rd November 2023, 07:25 am

Pitboss grills are the finest and most user-friendly equipment that a modern man can desire.

These can make the grilling process a breeze and help you get the most out of it with the least effort.

But sometimes these can face some malfunctioning and these issues are often displayed in the form of error codes, with each code corresponding to a specific malfunctioning.

Today our topic of discussion is the Erl code.

Pit boss Erl code is a specific error code that is displayed on the led screen when the Pitboss grill control panel is not able to communicate with the temperature probe of the grill.

This can happen due to various reasons, poor cleaning and accumulation of grease being the main one .

Why does an Erl code appear on your grill

Erl error code on a Pitboss grill means that the temperature probe is not able to provide the internal temperature reading to the control panel.

It could occur for a variety of reasons but a faulty temperature probe is the main one.

You need to either figure out the possible cause of the malfunctioning from the list given below depending on your situation or go through the troubleshooting of each factor to solve the Erl error code.

Here are the most common reasons for the Erl code.

Faculty temperature probe

Pitboss grills or any other electric grill usually utilizes two type of probes or thermometer to carry out the grilling process precisely.

First one is the temperature probe to provide reading of cooking chamber temperature while other being the meat probe which provides with the temperature reading of meat.

Pitboss grills show Erl error code when there is a malfunctioning with the pre-built temperature probe which used to determine the cooking chamber temperature.

when the control panel doesn’t receive any temperature reading from temperature probe it shows Erl code and shuts down.

Which is a blessing in disguise because cooking without knowing the right temperature is like shooting arrows in the dark.

Temperature probe can malfunction due to various reasons, but if you are not tech-savvy and have assembled the grill yourself, then I can bet the most probably the cause would be the loose wiring of probe .

In addition to that, poor cleaning can also lead to temperature probe malfunctioning.

Smoking and grilling meat produce grease and other debris due to the seasonings used on the meat which can accumulate around the probe if not cleaned regularly.

If this continues for some time , then it can lead to temperature probe being covered with grease and eventually not being to read the temperature.

So In the end it leads to the Erl error code.

Lastly, it might not be due to user error, because it can also occur due to a low-quality probe being used inside the grill. This usually occurs if you using a cheaper grill and often occurs even when grill is new.

Malfunctioned control panel

Temperature probe may not be the culprit in every situation, sometimes the temperature probe might provide with temperature reading but control panel might not be able to visualize those signals.

This usually occurs if the grill has been damaged physically during moving it around or other factors.

In that case, you can simply get in touch with Pitboss customer support to get a replacement.

Smoke not being able to leave the grill

Lastly and occasionally, Pitboss may show Erl error code if the smoke is not ale to leave the grill and in the end smothers the flames .

this can occur due to the smoke stack or the chimney cap being too low.

How to fix Pitboss Erl code ?

Now that you have figured out why your grill is signaling you the possible error and saving you from a disaster that might have ruined your reputation in front of your guests due to grilling at too high or low a temperature, let’s fix it to get the process going.

  • First of all, you need to unplug the grill from the electric supply and let it cool down.
  • Once it’s cooled down, take a mixture of vinegar and water and clean the temperature probe along with the cooking chamber.
  • After that empty the fire pot and turn the grill over. Now take a screwdriver and remove the screws at the back of the grill to reach the access panel.
  • After that take the user manual and make sure the wiring is correct. once done, tighten the wires to be at the safe end.
  • Once you have completed the above steps, assemble the grill again and start grilling. Fingers crossed!

How to prevent Erl code from appearing on your Pitboss grill in the future

As discussed before, the Erl error code occurs mainly due to temperature probe fault but it is possible to take precautionary measures to avoid getting such errors in the future.

Here are some tips that might save you from a future hassle.

  • Make sure to set the wiring of the temperature probe correctly and tightly to get an accurate reading.
  • Clean up the grill regularly and don’t let the grease build up on the temperature probe or any other part of the cooking chamber.
  • Always Grill in warm weather because Windy or rainy weather can also impact the heating of the grill and may lead to a series of errors.
  • Make sure that the smokestack is high enough to let the smoke sneak out from the grill and avoid smoke buildup.
  • Have a smile on your face. ( Nope! That doesn’t help with Erl code, it will just help you to not get frustrated).

Frequently asked questions

Here are some FAQs that you might have regarding this topic.

Can the Erl error code appear on the new Pitboss grill?

Yes, Erl error code can appear on your grill even before using it for the first time.

There are various reasons for it but usually cleaning and seasoning your grill before using it can solve the Erl code.

What does Erp error mean on Pitboss?

Similar to the Erl error code, an Erp error can also occur on a Pitboss grill due to shutting down the Pitboss grill suddenly.

It can happen due to stopping the electric supply or due to a power outage during grilling.

Pitboss grills follow a systematic process for shutdown, which involves first stopping to feed the pellets and then allowing the fan to spin for some time to burn off the remaining pellets.

But if the grill shuts down immediately then pellets are left unburnt in the firepot and lead to Erp error code.

This code can be solved by either cleaning off the pellets or letting the grill for some time to allow the pellets to be burnt.


In the end , grilling with Pitboss is a ongoing process and you might face some Errors at some points but these errors are just and signal of malfunctioning.

So these are not the issues themselves, rather they are a signal to let you know something is wrong.

Jakob miller