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Regulators on propane Grills

I've heard allot of times "My regulator on my grill is bad", as a general rule regulators can and most the time outlast the grill itself. Most problems withare caused by the regulator getting plugged, When you remove the hose from the propane tank cover it to prevent anything from getting in the hose, Same thing applies if you take the hose off of the regulator cover the hose end and the regulator inlet this will keep most problems like the regulator getting plugged from starting.

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what is the life expectancy of a gas grill pressure regulator?


I've been in the propane business 28 years and have found regulators from the 1950's still in use today. Regulator manufacturers tell us they should be replaced after 25 years. It should typically outlast the grill itself, which often require new burners, cooking grids, etc. The hissing sound can just be the flow of gas thru the regulator. If you smell gas however, then you should replace it. If it is affecting the pressure to the burners and not getting hot enough to cook properly, then replace it as well.

Jun 06, 2015 | Weber Genesis Silver B Grill

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I've just moved to the US and need a new regulator for my Weber Summit E-450. Is there a specific regulator for this model?


Hi imclaughlin...

No the regulator is not "grill specfic"...you can normally go to Home Depot, Loews, WalMart and buy the new regulator with new hose/s already attached for a decent price and replace the faulty one on your grill.
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Aug 15, 2011 | Weber Summit E-450 Gas Grill

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I have a SureFire Grill (SF30HOLP) that I recently converted to NG. For some reason the gas will flow through the regular and light, but at times I am not getting gas through the regulator. I have a 3/4" gas line ran about 60ft to which is then piped into the grill with 1/2" black pipe. Can you help me on what is going on with this grill. Could it possibly be a bad regulator? Your Help is appreciated. Thanks Brent


I would try replacing the regulator, not very expensive and easy to do, first. If that doesn't fix the problem, call the gas company and see if there is a flow problem to the line itself. I have worked on grills that were operating properly, but there just wasn't enough gas flow in the line for the grill.

Jul 04, 2011 | Surefire Grilling

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Sometimes Q100 will not light at all. No gas is coming out of regulator even with new tank and adapter hose or with portable bottle. Oil seen coming out of regulator. Other times when unit does light flame is weak and only about 1/4 inch high. Unit is almost new, what is problem, does is have a bad regulator?


Nope, the regulator is not the problem. It's the LP tank regulator. The new OPD heads on the tanks are designed to prevent over filling. All 20lb cyclinders now have them. But, it's easy to solve.

Turn off the tank, disconnect the s/regulator from the tank, wait 5 minutes. Then reattach the hose/regulator to the tank and turn the tank on very, very slowly, until it is completely open. Now, try lighting the burners one at a time and turn them up to high. That should have solved your problem, by allowing the regulator to reset itself.

Just remember to always turn the tank on very, very slowly after turning the tank valve off each time.

Feb 09, 2011 | Weber Q100 Grill

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gas regulator won't let gas flow


Replace the regulator it is bad

Mar 20, 2010 | Cal Flame 5-Burner

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