This is the second time this has happened. The last time it happened, the tank was almost empty. We tried every kind of tool to turn it, but no luck. We just replaced the tank, and it worked when we first hooked it up. The second time we went to use the grill, the valve wouldn't turn, as if it had been turned too tightly. I'm a girl with not much man power, so I don't think that it's been turned off too tightly. Can you help??
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An odd thing with many propane gas grills is how the regulator functions. If the tank is opened too fast the regulator over-adjusts and delivers no gas. Try this: Turn tank off and open all burner controls. This should clear the line of any gas. Close burner controls and open tank very slow. Now lite and temp should go up.
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If you just installed a new, full tank of propane and turned it on and the burners wouldn't light.
Turn the tank off, disconnect from the grill hose (you'l hear a whooshing sound and smell gas, but that's alright). Wait several minutes and reconnect the hose to the tank. Turn the gas valve on very very slowly, until it's full open. Now, try lighting your grill.
Remember, you will need to turn the tank valve on very very slowly every time you change tanks or turn the tank off after grilling.
What happened was this ... When you turned the tank on quickly it locked up the grill's gas regulator. Doing what suggested usually solves the problem. Oh, one other thing ... be sure your tank is not empty. The grill you have uses a lot of gas.
Try this. Turn tank off, open all three burners for a minute or 2. Close burners. Open tank very slowly. Open primary burner, (usually the front burner) and try to relight. Should work, but if not check that valve is secured to tank and check for leaks with soapy water.
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
Since you have slowly opened the valve on the tank,
the propane did not surge into the regulator and the surge protector did
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
Hello. You may not have enough propane left in the tank for it to work properly, you may not have turned the tank valve to the full open position, or your valve safety device may have kicked in. IF this last item is what happened read on:
To reset the check valve and get back to cooking on your gas barbecue grill, first
turn everything off. Turn off the grill, the rotisserie, the side burner and the LP gas cylinder tank.
Once everything is turned off disconnect the propane tank from the gas grill regulator by unscrewing it or pulling the quick-release on older or retro-fitted propane cylinders.
Now turn the grill on. I know, it is dis-connected from the gas tank but we want to ensure that the pressure in the gas lines or any gas in the burners is released.
Leave the grill, side burner, rotisserie, etc on high for a few minutes with the hood open before turning all the valves back to the off position.
Make sure. Most gas barbeque grill valves must be pushed in to turn them and if turning is attempted without pushing the knob, they will not turn to the “on” position.
With the grill, et al turned off reconnect the propane tank and slowly turn the hand wheel to the open position.
Slowly. The trick here is to turn the hand wheel slowly.
When the propane gas tank is new or newly-filled, the gas is full and the OPD is pushing slightly on the top filled area and the gas will want to burst through the valve. Slow it down by turning the valve on slowly and the check valve will reset itself.
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