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Only heats to 220?

We have a Kenmore grill and a full tank of propane but the grill only heats to no higher than 200 degrees. What could be the problem?

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  • JordanTacher May 21, 2008

    Ours only heats to 225 despite changing the propane tank

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I found this somewhere else on this website as a solution to this problem.

Solution #1 is the answer -- replace the regulator. The problem is that the regulator is stuck closed. You can either replace it, or pop the little metal cap on the top off and adjust it. (Use a large philips screwdriver). Do a full turn counter-clockwise, and then 3/4 of a turn clockwise.

I have yet to try it myself, but it seemed to help others with similar difficulties. Hope it works!

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