What could be more frustrating than heading outdoors for a cookout, only to find out your grill won’t start? A little time and effort once or twice a year will prolong the life of your grill. We’ll show you how to tackle a few common problems to keep your gas grill cooking all season.
Before you begin maintenance work on your grill, make sure that all fuel sources are turned off and that the unit legs are stable.
Refer to the grill manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance information on grill. Typically, the owner’s manual also includes information on replacement parts.
At least once a year, visually inspect the grill’s burners, cooking grates, ignition and fuel line hoses. If you see anything that looks rusted or worn, replace it. Check your owner's manual or grill manufacturer's website for specific parts information. Clean other grill components as needed.
Make sure you know the model of your grill so you order the correct parts.
For safety, perform a leak test on the grill’s fuel line and connections every month.
Apply a solution of dish soap and water on all fuel lines and connections with a clean brush. You can use a clean basting brush from your grill. Rinse the brush thoroughly before basting food.
Turn on the gas.
Coat the lines with soap again.
If you see any bubbles forming, there's a leak. Recheck as needed.
Turn off the gas.
Tighten or replace fittings, or replace the hose, if the leak occurred along the line.
Follow these steps if your grill doesn't light.
Check the fuel source.
Inspect the pressure regulator. Make sure it's firmly attached to the tank and that the valve is turned on, typically counter-clockwise.
If that seems to be in working order, try manually lighting your grill. Use a grill lighter to keep your hand a safe distance away from the burner.
The igniter may be the problem. For electric igniters, check the battery. The owner's manual will note its location and requirements.
If fresh batteries don’t fix it, the problem might be the igniter electrodes.
If the grill won’t manually light, make sure the burner is installed correctly. Consider cleaning or replacing burners.
If the grill still won’t light, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific parts and procedures, or contact the manufacturer for additional recommendations.
For safety and aesthetics, make sure that the exterior of your grill is clean and protected.
Consider a grill cover for your grill once it's been cleaned. It’s the best way to protect it from the elements.
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