Let’s Troubleshoot Common Grill Tank Issues

Written on: March 11, 2024

Get your propane grill in working order before spring arrives.

grill tank Sussex County, DE We’ve dealt with more than our fair share of frosty winter weather in Sussex County and throughout Delaware, but spring is not too far off.

As you’re making your “spring cleaning” list, consider what needs to be done to get your propane gas grill ready for the warm weather. If you didn’t give the grill a solid cleaning before the winter, now is a good time to scour and wipe your grates and cooking racks, clean your heat plates, empty the grease trap and clear any old food or ash from the grill.

You can also test your grill to make sure it will light without issue. If the burners don’t ignite, there could be a problem with your grill tank. The team at Delaware Propane has some tips that might help.

Why isn’t your grill lighting?

Here are some common reasons why your grill may not light up:

  1. There are blockages in the burners. Scrub with the grill off. You can use a toothpick to clear blocked ports.
  2. Your ignitor is out of power or broken. If the ignition mechanism uses batteries, put in a fresh set. Otherwise, you may need to repair or replace the mechanism.
  3. Your tubing is clogged. Spiders sometimes make homes in your venturi tubes over the winter. You can clear these blockages with a bottle brush.
  4. Your grill isn’t receiving propane. Confirm your propane cylinder’s valve is open. If it is, your grill tank may be empty.

Is your grill tank empty?

Many grills have scales in their storage compartments, which will tell you approximately how much fuel is in your propane cylinder. If yours doesn’t, there are three simple ways to check how much propane you have:

How do you check for a leak in your grill tank?

When attaching a grill tank to your barbecue, it’s a good idea to do this simple leak test:

  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap and put it in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the solution onto the propane cylinder valve, your grill’s hose and the regulator.
  3. Open the cylinder valve and inspect all the places where you applied the solution. If you see bubbles, gas could be escaping.
  4. Close the valve and tighten all your connections.
  5. Reopen the valve. If you still see bubbles, there is likely a leak. The cylinder, hose or regulator will need to be replaced.

Why is your grill tank hissing?

Another issue that you might experience while grilling with propane is a strange hissing sound. The most common reason for a grill tank to hiss is that its internal pressure is too high. There is a pressure relief valve on your cylinder that springs open automatically when pressure builds up too high. As pressure is relieved, the tank might hiss.

Turn off the grill immediately if you hear hissing. Once cylinder pressure returns to a safe level, the valve will close, and the hiss will end.

Need to get ready for the start of grilling season? Visit Delaware Propane at 2443 S Dupont Blvd in Smyrna from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a propane cylinder refill. Contact us for details.

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