Avoiding Common Grill Problems

Hey there grill lovers, Backyard Charlie here to talk about some common issues you may encounter with your grill and how to fix them like a pro!

First up, let's talk about corroded and rusting parts. This is a problem that can easily be avoided by keeping your grill covered up with a waterproof and even a felt lined grill cover. And don't forget to do an occasional clean up of the internal grill parts and store it inside if possible, just be sure to keep that propane cylinder outside.

Next, we've got problems with the burner not lighting. Don't worry, it's an easy fix. Start by cleaning the venturi and double checking the LP or natural gas units by either filling up the LP cylinder or turning on the natural gas source. Clean the components by putting the venturi over the orifice and double check the position of the ceramic electrode in the burner gas collector. And don't forget to check the ignition wire and connections, replacing any damaged parts.

Now, if your grill is putting out an excessive amount of heat, double check your manual on taking care of grease fires so you're prepared if that situation arises. Replace any damaged parts, clean the grill thoroughly, and replace the grease can. Reduce the cooking setting, place the orifice into the valve assembly, replace the burner, and check the tank for overfill. And remember to keep the grill out of direct sunlight on hot days and after it's recently been filled up.

Gas leaks are a serious issue, so be sure to replace any parts that bubble when a soapy solution is applied to it. And if you hear a humming sound on the grill, it's caused by liquid propane passing through the regulator. To fix the problem, have an LP dealer "bleed" the tank of some propane. Another solution could be to have the propane expand in the event the tank was filled in a cold temperature. Replacing the hose or regulator could also solve the problem.

A whistling sound on the grill usually occurs when it's on the "high" setting, and the existing orifice will need to be replaced with a new one. And if you see a yellow flame, clean the venturi and check for residual oil. Use up a tank of propane as the yellow flame could reduce during use, or try placing the venturi over the orifice.

Lastly, if your flame blows out when on a low setting, preheat the grill for 5 minutes on its highest setting, clean and reposition the venturi, and have the cylinder refilled. Turn the grill away from the wind and turn up the control knob to a slightly higher setting to see if that fixes the problem.

Well folks, there you have it. With these tips and tricks, you'll be grilling like a pro in no time. Happy grilling!

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