Simple do-it-yourself grill fixes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Lots of people love grilling and spend big money on their grills.  So when there seems to be an issue, they don’t want to have to lay out a lot of money for repairs. We’ve got your back with some simple fixes to common issues. John Creaser and Jim Smith from Page Hardware in Guilford explain.

Two issues grill owners run into the most are not lighting and poor quality of flame(low heat).
1.Not Lighting,push your ignition button,you should hear a click, try this for no longer than five seconds.If it doesn’t light,turn off burners, let gas dissipate, than try again. If you still don’t have ignition shut it down.
With the gas off, remove the grates so you can see the ignitors, and push the light button. You should see a spark. If you don’t , you have an ignitor issue , check the battery. You can try to light it with a hand held lighter, if ok, replace the ignition kit. If you see a spark you probably have a gas flow issue.

2.Poor flame or none at all. Check that you gas supply are in the full on position. You should also check the holes in the burner tubes. Look for partial closure due to rust or debris, this can usually be brushed off with a wire brush. If you still have a low or no flame, you probably have a regulator issue (the hose/regulator unit that attaches to your tank).The burner valve can fail, but the sympton is usually that you will be unable to turn the knob. If this happens, contact the manufacturer for a replacement part. Retail stores would not carry this part.

Another issue I have run into is the “Swap your Tank” service, where you bring in your empty tank and receive a full replacement one.
Many times I have seen a problem in the replacement tank connection area. If your grill was working with the old tank, it should work with the new one. You might have to exchange it.

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