Troubleshooting Tips for When Your Gas Grill Won’t Light
Nothing is more frustrating at an outdoor get-together than when your grill won’t light. Guests have arrived and everything is ready to go—but your grill just refuses to cooperate. Fortunately, there are some helpful tips you can follow to solve this issue and kick-off grilling season in no time!
Check Propane: Make sure your propane tank is properly connected to the grill and check to see that the coupling nut and propane tank cylinder valve are fully connected. It’s important to tighten the coupling nut by hand, as using tools could cause damage by stripping the threads.
Check Burners: If your grill still won’t light, you should check to see if it’s a problem with your burners. The issue could simply be an obstructed or dirty burner that needs to be cleaned. Remember, burners can become blocked by pests, spider webs or other debris—especially over the winter.
Check Ignition: Check if the ignition battery is dead and needs to be replaced. If the battery isn’t dead, make sure it’s positioned correctly according to your grill’s manual. If the igniter is working fine but the grill won’t light, check to see if the igniter is clogged and in need of cleaning. The ignition issue could also be as a result of faulty ignition wiring or switches that need to be replaced.
Check Electrode: The actual components of your ignitor system which produce the spark is called the electrode. Make sure the electrode wires are connected and the electrode tip is correctly pointed toward the gas port opening on the burner. The tip of the electrode could also be dirty from grease buildup, but you can gently clean it with a brush or fine sandpaper to solve this problem. Re-connect the electrode to the ignitor and check to see if the problem is fixed.
If you still can’t get your grill to light, it might just be a sign that it’s time to upgrade!
Also, be sure to check out our Summer Grilling Guide so you always have a reference for the perfect meat grilling temperatures.
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