I am trying to find and change the hose from the gill to the propane tank but I cannot figure out how to get the hose off the grill. It does not have a regular screw off connection. HELP! I don't want to buy a new grill just to solve what should be a simple problem.
Many "old-fashioned" hardware stoves have a ribbed tube that fits inside the hose and a pair of clamps for the outside. Cut the hose where the leak is, put a clamp on each side of the cut, slide the ribbed tube into one side of the cut, push on the other side of the tube, tighten the clamps and you are done. Except for the shopping trip, it should take less than five minutes for the fix and the only tolls you will need ar a knide (or limb pruner) and a screwdriver.
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saws use a flow thru carburetor design , fuel is drawn out of tank and excess unused fuel is returned to tank thru other line , the clear primer bulb starts this "flow thru " process and engine vacuum (running ) continues it
when replacing lines many folks forget what line went thru what hole (change them one at a time ) this requires a little detective work to figure out what hose thru what hole goes , with a little fuel in tank tilt saw front to back , see what hose always gets the end covered up with liquid level , this line always goes to farthest hole in tank back and that hose goes to fitting nearest the primer bulb ,, due to process of elimination there's only one other possible place for the other line
Turn off the propane tank and disconnect the heater hose from the tank. Wait 5 minutes and reconnect the heater hose/regulator to the propane t. Turn the tank valve on very, very slowly until it's completely open again. Now, try lighting the heater. If you are using a 20lb LP grill type tank, that should solve your problem.
I would recommend you take the regulator, hose and 20# cylinder to your local propane co and have them check it out for you. Or if possible, just load the entire bbg in a truck and bring it all to them. Call first to schedule a time that can look at it. If you replaced the tank and the regulator, my guess is that you probably have a cracked fitting or the fitting is missing an integral part that seals it to the tank. Douglas
It could be a defective LP gas regulator or a restriction somewhere in the gas line for the bbq. This can also happen if the propane tank is overfilled.
First make sure that the LP tank is not overfilled. If you open the bleeder hole on the tank(small screw next to the valve) there should be no liquids coming out. If liquid propane is coming out then the tank is overfilled. Keep the bleeder screw loose until the liquid disappears then tighten. Re-connect the tank and see if that fixes the problem.
Then inspect all the gas lines on the bbq. Make sure that there are no kinks or crushed lines.
Then take a look at the gas regulator. Try turning on all the burners then give the regulator a couple good taps on the housing with something solid. See if the burner changes size. If it does and then goes back down it could be the gas regulator. Also take a look at the regulator housing. There should be a very small hole on the housing and it might be labled "vent". Make sure that this little hole is not plugged with any debris or that can cause a low pressure problem. You can use a sewing needle to gently poke out the hole. You will know if it worked because the burners will become much higher. And you could also try disconnecting the hose and regulator assembly from the bbq then turn on the LP tank slowly with the regulator connected. You should get plenty of gas flow from the end of the hose. Then use your hand to block and release the flow a couple times to try and clear any debris that might stuck in the regulator.BE VERY CAREFUL DOING THIS!!! MAKE SURE YOU ARE CLEAR OF ANY SOURCES OF IGNITION BEFORE TRYING TO CLEAR THE REGULATOR. Then reconnect the hose regulator and tank to see if the problem is fixed. If you are getting very low flow from the hose with the regulator disconnected then it is probably a defective regulator. They are pretty standard and you can purchase a new LP hose and regulator assembly from most home improvement stores.
If the regulator checks out good then I would think that there is a restriction in the main gas line for the bbq after the regulator. You will need you dis-assemble the main line and blow it out with some compressed air to clear the restriction.
I work for a propane co. I get many customers that bring in their melted or leaking bbq grill hoses and regs. Bring the bad hose/reg to your local propane gas co and see if they can make a custom hose for you. You may have to buy a new regulator to use it with the new hose, but that's better than buying a new grill. Call around first and see which ones can do it. You'll eventually find someone that can fix you up.
This is a common problem with grills purchased after 2001. There is a new safety feature inside the regulator called a 'surge protector'. If you open your propane bottle valve too quickly or if you try attaching a tank with the tank valve in the 'open' position, the propane wants to 'surge' into the grill.
When the propane surges into the regulator (located on the grill hose) the 'surge protector' (inside the regulator) kicks on. When this happens you will not be able to get your grill lit, and if you do, it will be a small blue flame and the grill will not heat up.
So what to do if you trip the surge protector and can't get your grill to light or heat up?
Shut the tank off and shut the valves on the grill off. Disconnect the tank from the grill hose. When you disconnect the tank from the hose you will hear the excess pressure of propane release. This is an indication that you have re-set the regulator's surge protector.
Now that you have deactivated or reset the surge protector, reconnect the tank. Make sure the valve on the tank and the valves on the grill are in the closed and in the off position. After you reconnect the tank to the hose, SLOWLY open the tank valve (making sure the valves on the grill are in the OFF position).
Since you have slowly opened the valve on the tank, the propane did not surge into the regulator and the surge protector did not activate.
Now open 1 valve on the grill and light it. You should get a nice flame. If your grill has more than one valve, open each following valve in sequential order to extend the flames to the other burners.
Change your gas regulator and connecting kit if it is more than a year old and living outside. The other possibility is, that if the unit is older, the burner holes have rotted out and become too large. Most grills have replacement burners readily available. Deal with the problem in the order I have presented the solutions and it should be just fine.
Bad hose, bad tank, or seals are gone. Recommenend buying a new tank and new hose. The Ice is from the propane freezing and the hissing noise is a leak from somewhere. Better to replace tank and hose and try again. You do not want to take a chance with propane