grill will not light. i have a full tank and the starter sparks
by jeff schaffer
(sidney, mt. )
Grill rarely used. I called the 800 # and have waited almost 2 hours for a reply, please help.
Check that you have a flow of gas. If the starter is sparking and your burner is not igniting then there can be only one issue - no gas is getting through.
You can check for the flow of gas simply by turning the burner on and smelling - propane gas has a chemical added (I think it's called maleneosic) that makes it smell so that you can detect a gas leak.
If there's no gas coming out of the burner the inspect visually and with you nose for potential leaks anywhere between the tank and the burner - do no test with a naked flame!
If you believe there is a leak, double check with soapy water - it will bubble exactly where the leak is. If you grill is rarely used it could be that the gas hose has degraded.
If there's no leak and still no gas in the burner then you clearly have a blockage and this could be either in:-
- the tank faucet - remove the regulator, open the faucet and check for flow of gas
- the regulator - connect the regulator and again check for flow
- the pipe
- the burners
At each point test for the flow of gas and you'll eventually find the blockage. I stress again with all this testing, do it outside and nowhere near a naked flame, cigarette etc.
If however there is gas coming out of the burner then try lighting with a match rather than the ignition spark.
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