I was cooking one day and thought the removable plates were on , but they weren't. I turned the grill off and put on the plates and tried to turn it back on, but to no avail. The grill hasn't worked since. Any ideas on what might be wrong and how to get it fixed?
I found the thermal fuse failed. Here is info from the company. See my e-mail at the bottom where I got the info off of the failed piece. Norm
Message----- From: Scott Irwin
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 10:26
AM To: Norman
Terreri Cc: file; Linda
Priller Subject: RE: Repair my
electric grill Dear Mr.
Terreri, We distribute the
Therm-O-Disc Micro Fuse in bulk with long lead on both ends. No special packing
in Ceramic or Plastic are in our sales area. You can look at the catalog
attached to see if you can identify the part number you require. G4A01XXXC is
the start to look for. Sincerely Scott
Irwin From: Norman
Terreri [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2008 1:43
PM To: Scott Irwin Subject: Repair my electric
grill The part MICROTEMP,SRMBGD---G4A00,
RU TF 240 C has failed on my electric grill. Do you have a replacement or
upgraded part. Thanks, Norm
I took mine completely apart and there is no thermal fuse to be found. The only thing inside the small access door under the base is a splice using wiring nuts. Wish someone knew what the problem is with these things.
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Plates are not removable on this model. Having used several GF grills, I found that the easiest way to clean them was to clean the grates with a soapy towel as soon after cooking as possible; If it cools off the residue becomes solid and rather stuck-on. If you still have greasy residue, repeat cleaning with the soapy towel. (NOTE: Dawn soap works best; feel free to squirt it on to the grill and wipe clean, then rinse - it worked for me!)
everyone knows Cuisinart products save time and now they save space, as
well. The Cuisinart™ Grill & Griddle has a large reversible,
nonstick plate to make it two appliances in one. An embedded heating
element lets you evenly grill poultry, meats, fish and vegetables. Not
in the mood to grill? Flip the cooking plate and set the electric
thermostat to perfectly cook pancakes, eggs, crab cakes or fajitas!
When you sear meat all you are doing is cooking the outside at high temperature so a caramelized crust forms. To do this on a gas grill turn all of your burners on high, close the top and let the grill get very hot, I usually shoot for around 400 to 450 degrees. When you put the meat on the grill do it fast, directly over the heat source and close the top to keep the heat up. You'll have to experiment but usually about a minute and a half to two minutes per side is all it takes. You want the meat to be thoroughly browned on the outside. Now turn the heat down or off on one side if your grill is set up for that, flip the meat and cook it slowly on the side of the grill that's turned off or over indirect heat to your desired done-ness. This will depend totally on the thickness of your meat, again experiment. Another important step is to let the meat stand for five to ten minutes after taking it off the grill. This keeps all the juices from running out of the meat the first time you cut into it and ending up on your plate.
follow the below procedures on how to clean the burners for your grill:
Shut off the gas. It is very important that you turn off the gas valve
to your BBQ before you can begin to clean it. This is found on the hose
that attaches to your propane tank, simply turn the valve all the way
to the right.
Escape any remaining gas. Next turn all the burner knobs to the highest
setting and allow the remaining gas, if any, to escape. Make sure you
have the grill hood in the open position before doing this.
Let the Grill vent for five minute: In order to ensure that the
remaining propane has ventilated properly, leave your grill open and do
not begin to clean it for at least five minutes.
Brush grill bars. Using your grill cleaning brush, firmly brush the
surface of the grill bars in a forwards-backwards motion with the steel
from the brush sweeping across the surface. Once you have brushed the
surface flip each grill bar over and brush the other side.
Saturate with grill cleaner spray and repeat. Using your grill cleaner
spray thoroughly saturate the surface of the grill bars and brush both
sides. Set the grill bars aside after you finish so you can access the
interior of the BBQ to clean it.
Remove burner plates and clean. All gas grills have metal plates which
cover and protect the flame pilots during cooking. These will typically
become covered with ash, and burnt grease and sauce over time. Simply
remove them from the grill and brush them down. After you have brushed
them once, saturate them with the cleaner spray and brush them down
again. Set the plates aside so you can finish cleaning the rest of your
Clean interior of grill. The plates will only catch so much, still
sauce and grease will fall to the bottom of the grill and turn to ash.
Using your grill brush, jar all of this ash free. Douse it in cleaner
spray so it condenses and scoop it up with the paper towels.
Clean grease catch. Many newer gas grills will come with a grease
catching plate. You can usually access these through the rear of the
BBQ. They generally have a small metal handle and will easily slide
out. Remove this grease catch, and brush and clean it thoroughly.
Clean exterior of grill. Using your grill cleaner spray, saturate the
exterior of the grill and wipe it down with the paper towels. Repeat
this process until the exterior is entirely clean.
Reassemble the grill. Now you can put all the pieces back together in your grill and turn the gas valve on again.
I hope the above helps to solve your problem.
Before cleaning, switch the grill off at the on/off button, switch off at the power outlet and unplug. Allow your Professional Grill to cool before cleaning. The appliance is easier to clean when slightly warm. Always clean your Professional Grill after each use to prevent a build up of baked-on foods. Wipe cooking plates with a soft cloth to remove food residue. For baked on food residue squeeze some warm water mixed with detergent over the food residue then clean with a non abrasive plastic scouring pad.
when it's hot lay wet paper towels on them.. no soap remove towels when they stop sizzle. Now just make them wet and sprinkle coarse salt on the grills and scrub with a short brissle wok brush.. the kind with the stiff bambo brissels... remember no soap to clean and no pam when you cook just oil and keep very very clean and it will never get dirty. you may have to keep grill on low untill ready to clean or reheat before cleaning.
Contact these guys and they should be able to supply replacement grill plates cheaply;
In general the current view is that low quality aluminium alloys, when used for cooking can put enough aluminium into the food over a long period of time to POSSIBLY influence certain conditions such as alzheimers disease, amongst others.
There is a certain amount of aluminium in many things we eat or drink, regardless of what it is cooked in.
If you use the grill every day then i would recommend replacing the plates, especially if the aluminium itself is becoming pitted, however I have used similar, lower quality grills before with coating worn and haven't gone mad yet. If in any doubt then replace the plates, but i think you are being over cautious here.
If you find that food is now sticking to the grill, try grilling half a handful of salt with a little vegetable oil for 10 minutes or so, spread over the whole plate - a certain amount of "non-stick" can be achieved like this, although if cleaning the plates with detergent, this will soon need doing again.
Hope this helps :)