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Recently had grill igniters repaired....now when turned on....seems to be on half power....not real hot...is there air in the gas line? ( natural gas)

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    Frank Schultz Mar 20, 2011

    When you say igniters, do you mean the electrodes that light the burners?

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Hi,
Your problem could be or probably is with the regulator...not enough gaspressure...

Propane, LP, or Natural Gas Regulator Problems
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