Nothing can put a damper on a great evening more than getting a few steaks ready to grill and then having a gas grill malfunction. A propane or natural gas grill that won’t get hot enough to cook can be caused by several common issues.
The first piece of troubleshooting to get out of the way is the most obvious: if you are grilling with propane, does your LP tank have gas in it? Some gas grills have built-in tank gauges but there are also 3rd party accessories that can give you an idea of gas levels with a quick glance. You’ll also want to make sure your propane tank valve is open all the way to ensure proper gas supply to your grill.
If you’re cooking with natural gas and don’t see any obvious issues with your gas line, call a plumber to make sure natural gas is flowing to your gas grill.
Once you’ve confirmed you have gas (dad joke!) it’s time to look for other common problems.
By far, the most common issue we see in our retail barbecue store is a grill with a regulator safety valve in bypass mode.
Today’s gas grill regulators are designed to keep you and your property safe by shutting down gas flow in certain situations. This also means that regulators can be sensitive and limit gas flow when no danger is present. To avoid tripping your regulator’s safety mode, use these preventative practices: