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Old 08-07-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Gas Grill, Repair or Replace?


I have an old Kenmore gas grill; cart wheels, single burner on the side. Nothing fancy but it's met my needs for the occasional barbeque picnic.
Now, with a fresh tank of gas, the side burner will light, but with minimal output. Nob all the way to "full", flame is blue, but small, and after 10 minutes still hadn't cooked a sausage. I thought the main grill was working o.k. (i.e. plenty of heat output) but then discovered that when I shut off both burner controls it continued to burn on low. Thought originally that it might be a faulty regulator (?) but now I'm wondering if the individual controls may be out of whack too? Where to start? New regulator? Individual controls, or a quick trip to the dump?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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They need an occasional "tune up", just like everything else, call an appliance repairman to get a quote on a service , and if it costs more to repair than replace then it is history.

on a second life for the cart, I have seen them recycled into useful stands for a 12 inch miter/ chop saw, as well as into a plant stand on a patio, there are many things that the cart is good for.

one must take the old grill off , but that ain't hard.

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call an appliance repairman
On a DIY website, the answer is to call someone else?
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When it is obviously out of your range of technical abilities, you darned right.

Get a qualified technician on it before you cause an explosion.


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We had the same problem at work. Very low flame, stayed lit with tiny flames on burner closest to tank when in the OFF position. Turned out to be a bad regulator for us. I didn't post the info earlier, because the link was saved on a different PC. I suggest start by trying this.

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1. Low flame, low temperature, yellow flame: This has become the biggest problem with many grills recently and is almost always because of the regulator (the funny UFO shaped thing on the gas hose). Regulators seem to be stickier these days and when they stick you won't get enough gas to generate a good grilling temperature. To reverse this, you need to release the pressure on the regulator. Follow these steps exactly:

Turn off the gas at the propane tank
Disconnect the gas line from the tank
Open the grill lid
Turn all control valves to high
Wait for about a minute
Turn all control valves to off
Reconnect the gas line to the tank
SLOWLY turn on the gas at the tank
Light the grill normally
Your grill should now heat normally
To keep the regulator from sticking again, make sure to turn off the control valves first, then turn off the tank valve. Always open the tank valve slowly.

If this doesn't work give it a second try. If you still have low flame, then you probably have a faulty regulator that will need to be replaced.
http://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrills/a/aa081206a.htm

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Actually, What Rockstarr is talking about is not the regulator itself but the excessive flow device that's built into the tanks. If it senses too much gas flow out of the tank it basically closes down the flow. The procedure he posted is how to get it working normally again as well as a procedure to turn the grill on and off so that it doesn't get out of whack again.

The only other simple thing to check could be debris in the control valves or the lines from them to the burners. They are quite easy to clean out with an air hose and possibly a brush. I certainly wouldn't to spend much money on an old grill like that when you went there is a reasonably priced.
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Thanks to all who responded, and ESPECIALLY rOckstarr!!
Ran through the drill.
Like having a new grill!!
Thank you so much!!
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Wow, I'll have to remember that tip!
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Check for spider webs and nests in the gas tubes and blow them out. Could be lack of gas flow.
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Thanks to all who responded, and ESPECIALLY rOckstarr!!
Ran through the drill.
Like having a new grill!!
Thank you so much!!
Congrats! Now go slap a big fat juicy steak on there!
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You could always buy another bigger, badder grill if you want. You have our permission!
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You could always buy another bigger, badder grill if you want. You have our permission!
Any reason to buy a bigger, badder grill is a good reason.
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or scrap the whole idea, and use wood. better food , grilling- no more gas woes. yes, takes more time to heat up..........
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or scrap the whole idea, and use wood. better food , grilling- no more gas woes. yes, takes more time to heat up..........
That's what I use at home. Yeah, it may take more time to heat up, but your yard has never smelled nicer!
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