Thinking of barbecuing this summer? Well, that’s a great idea, but remember to take care of the leaks. Propane gas leaks can be dangerous and need your immediate attention.
Here’s a simple guide that will help you in fixing the most common gas grill problem – the leaks. Below are the step-by-step instructions that you should follow. Before you start gas grill repair, you should know some basics about gas grills.
How does it work?
A gas grill is a cooking appliance that uses propane to fuel the fire that is needed to BBQ food. The gas passes from the fuel tank to the BBQ burners through a hose pipe. The tank has a valve to connect or disconnect this pipe from the fuel tank. The BBQ also have knobs to control the supply of fuel to the burners.
Because the appliance is very simple, there’s not much that can go wrong with it. If the igniter doesn’t spark, figuring out what is wrong is pretty easy and the major culprit usually is, gas leakage.
Identifying the problem
As you move your BBQ from one place to another, you need to attach and detach the propane gas supply. Because of this, leakage is one problem that can happen and you should not ignore to check for leaks. You can either get a gas leak check kit at a hardware store or just follow the below-mentioned instructions.
Parts that you may need
If parts such as grates, flavor bars, burners are worn out, you can just buy them and replace. Replacing these parts are really easy because they are not only easily available in the stores, but also are easy to install.
Tools you may need to replace/repair the BBQ grill;
- A wrench
- A small paint brush
- Some soapy water
Following are some simple steps you should follow for repairing your BBQ grill:
Testing fuel tank valve for leaks
- Turn the fuel supply knobs to the off position.
- Turn off the valve on the propane tank by moving it counterclockwise.
- Mix a solution of water and dish-washing liquid in a small container.
- Dip the paintbrush into this solution and apply this solution to the valve and the hose pipe.
- If you see bubble formation anywhere in the hose or the connections between the hose and valve, it is a sign that there is a leak.
- If the leak is near the connections, tighten the components and retest for leaks.
- You should replace the component that is still leaking.
Testing hose fittings for leaks
- Apply the solution with the help of the brush on the fittings on the grill side and the control knobs, just the way you did before.
- One by one, repeat this with every control knob, make sure you have turned the knob to high position.
- If you see leaks in any of the knobs, you should replace them.
Do not use the BBQ grill if you detect any leaks. You can either replace the leaking component yourself or hire a grill repair agency like Texas Grill Master. They have experience in providing services such as grill cleaning and grill repair.
- You should always transport the gas tank in upright position and remember to safely close the safety plug before you do this.
- One easy way to clean the soiled briquettes is, burning it soiled side down for nearly 30 minutes.
- If you use the home gas line, you should get the connections inspected for corrosion.
Barbecued food is really relishing, do not let this summer go without having this wonderful experience!