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My grill won't light, and I don't hear gas running

I have a full tank of propane (gas), when I turn the first ignition on I hear no gas running. I have looked underneath the control and it seems to go down to turn the valve on. The starter makes the same striking sound it always has, and even a lit match does not work. Previously, due to a mistake, someone I believed to familiar with the grill left the previous propane tank screwed ALL the way open. I started it briefly last Sunday, and it went out almost immediately. I have since cleaned the inside of the grill, but have been nervous about taking the gas portions of the grill apart (with the propane detached of course). Any ideas?

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I had the same problem with my grill once last year and again this year. I installed the tank on my son's grill and it worked perfectly. Try replacing the regulator, it worked for me.

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Sounds like a problem with tank valve. Try attaching back to grill. Open valve slowly, if you open to fast valve thinks it is leaking and shuts down. If this doesnt work try a differant tank, buy always open slowly.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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I have had to replace the hose and regulator twice in the 10 years I have had my Weber grill. If you can't hear the gas flow, it is not getting through the regulator. New hose and regulator can't be purchased at Lowe's, etc for about $20.00. Make sure you take old one with so you get the same fittings on both sides of the hose.

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