Quick Fixes for Common Gas Grill Problems

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grilling tips pennsylvaniaAs the weather continues to get warmer here in Western Pennsylvania, it’s nearly that time of year to dust off our propane BBQ grills and get ready for all the delicious foods we’ll be grilling this summer!

Sometimes, however, even when you take good care of your grill, something can still go wrong. We’ve put together some common problems you could have with your propane BBQ grill, and how to best solve them.

NOTE: Before you attempt any troubleshooting of the grill, turn off the tank valve and disconnect the tank from the grill.

Your Propane Cylinder is Out of Gas

This is an easy problem to fix, thanks to PROpane Express from ProGas! We have propane cylinder exchange stations located at grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and garden stores all over our service area of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.

We make it fast and easy to swap out your empty cylinder and get right back to grilling.

Low Flame and Low Temperature

The most common culprit in this situation is the fuel line regulator becoming sticky. It’s attached to the line running from your propane tank to the grill and controls the pressure of the gas running through the line.

Here’s what to do: Open the grill lid. Turn off the gas supply at the propane tank and disconnect the gas line from the tank. On the grill, turn all the control valves, including a side burner if your grill has one, to high and let it run for one minute before turning all back to off. Reconnect the gas line to the propane tank and SLOWLY turn on the gas supply at the tank. Light the grill. It should heat normally now.

If it doesn’t, the regulate will need to be replaced.

Yellow or Orange-Colored Flames

Propane flames should always be blue. When they are, that means the propane is combusting properly. The temperature of a propane flame in complete combustion is 3,596° Fahrenheit. In comparison, the temperature of an orange or yellow flame is 1,832° Fahrenheit. So, if you’re flames are either of those colors, you’re getting only about half the heat. Think about the impact that big a difference in texture will have on your grilling in terms of sear and how long things take to grill!

Flames that are burning yellow or orange can also release dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Here’s what to do: One cause may be clogged gas holes in your burner. This could happen if spiders took up residence in your grill over the winter and their detritus is creating clogs. Clean the burner thoroughly, then put it back and run the grill on high to see if that’s the case.

Another possible cause could be that the venturi tubes aren’t properly aligned. This can be fixed by adjusting the venturi shutters. Light the grill and turn it on low. Loosen the venturi tube adjustment screw and open the shutters until you get a blue or mostly blue flame. Turn off the grill and tighten the adjustment screw.

Your Grill is Producing Smoke

The most likely reason for this is a buildup of grease and food debris in the grill. This not only creates a lot of smoke, but it can also create a dangerous situation. More than 20% of grill fires are caused by excess grease in the grill.

Here’s what to do: Give your grill a thorough interior cleaning—something you should always do at the start of grilling season. After that, empty the grease trap after each use and clean the grill more frequently.

Do you have questions about your propane grill, or our PROpane Express cylinder exchanges? Get in touch with us—we’ll be happy to help.