Owning a propane grill can provide the user with a great way to prepare food and enjoy the outdoors. For individuals who own propane grills, it is important to know how to do some basic maintenance to keep their grill in good working order. One of the more common problems that can occur with a propane grill is a clogged gas line.
The most common time an individual will find a problem with their propane grill is after it has gone unused for a few months. When the grill is sitting unused during the winter, a problem may occur and it goes unchecked due to the lack of use. When better weather comes around and you go to enjoy your grill, you might find that it either is not working as well as it did last year or that it is not working at all.
Check the basics first
Before you go through the trouble of disconnecting the tank and the gas lines, check to make sure that the propane tank is full and that the valve on the tank is open. Also check to make sure that the valve on the tank is not turned on too high. Propane tanks have a special valve that closes if too much gas is being released at one time. It is always best to check the obvious and easy fixes before you go through any unnecessary trouble.
Disconnect the propane tank
Anytime you need to do maintenance on your propane grill it is important that you think of safety first. Propane is highly flammable and you should not perform repairs on a propane grill without disconnecting the tank. As you disconnect the tank check all of the valves and connections, make sure that they are in good working order and that they are free from obstruction.
Clean the gas lines
The gas lines that run from the propane tank to the grill can be cleaned using a piece of thin but sturdy wire. To clean the gas lines effectively, you will want to try to find a piece of wire that is longer than the lines are. This will allow you to push the wire straight through without having to pull it back.
Reassemble the grill setup
Once you have cleaned the gas lines on your propane grill, you can replace all of the parts that you have removed and reconnect the gas. Connecting the propane tank should be the last step in the process. Once everything is reconnected, test the grill to make sure that the problem has been resolved.
Part of owning a propane grill is performing maintenance from time to time. It is recommended that you should clean and inspect parts of the grill annually. Consult the owner’s manual for your grill for annual maintenance and cleaning procedures. With a little bit of work, you can help to ensure that your propane grill starts every time and operates safely.