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I have a grill that no longer starts by itself. I have to use a lighter every time. what can I do to solve the problem

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There are grill replacement parts out there. You will probably need an ignitor and the burners or maybe just the ignitor if your burners in the bottom of your grill are not too rusty. The ignitor switch probably wore out.

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Before you do anything else, take a pipe cleaner or a special brush on a flexible shaft that they sell in home stores and clean out the venturi tubes on all burners. Tiny spiders like to build nests in these tubes which can keep burners from working even when you try to start them with a handheld lighter. That can be dangerous, because it will build up the level of gas in the grill.

If that doesn't solve your problem, and your grill has electronic ignition with only one igniter for all the burners, then the transfer channel at the back of the burners is blocked with soot or corroded, and the flame from the burner with the igniter can't travel to the others. Clean or repair the channel.

Some grills have an igniter on each burner. In that case the burners that don't light may have broken or blocked igniters that you'll have to replace or clean. In the meantime, use one of those butane fireplace lighters to light the balky burners.

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The problem you're having is related to the OPD Valve in the Propane Tank. But, it is solvable by following the instructions below.

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2. Wait 5 minutes and reconnect the hose to the tank.

3. Open the tank valve VERY, VERY SLOWLY (Slow motion, slow).

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If that didn't solve the problem, you will need to replace the grill's Hose/Regulator Assembly. It runs about $30.00 at any home center or hardware store that sells grills & accessories. If you replace it, turn the tank valve ON Very, Very Slowly.

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Have you checked the gas line shutoff valve, on the gas line from the house to the grill, to make sure it's fully open?

When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned the grill (i.e. Removed and cleaned the burners, the venturi valves & the burner orifices) ?

If you answered NO, to both or either one of the above questions, that's where you need to start.
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If it didn't and the grill and tank were stored outside during the snowy winter. The grill's regulator may be frozen. In which case, soak a bath towel in hot water, ring it out and quickly wrap it around the regulator. If that was the problem, gas should start flowing again, in several minutes.

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Yes you can. It's best to use a long lighter, You light the burner from under the grill. Should be air slots on bottom, keep lid up and do not turn burner on until ready with lighter. Sounds like you need a new piezoelectric ignition or a wire problem.
Thanks for using fixya

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