Grill does not get hot. I have a fresh bottle of
When a new or newly filled propane tank is attached to your gas
grill, the OPD is usually at its maximum limit position above a tank
filled to capacity. Propane may come through the valve too strongly due
to the additional pressure of being full and the OPD displacement. The
propane tank goes into check and limits gas flow when too much pressure
hits the valve.
Some grill manufacturers provide instructions for this in the
users manuals but most people do not read the manual. Many grillers
believe replacement parts are needed and burners, ignitors and
regulators get replaced without reason. Depending on how efficient the grill is operating, some grills attached to a tank in check
will not ignite and others will light but cannot reach cooking
temperatures because the tank has limited the amount of propane
released. Sometimes the food will be unable to exceed 200 degrees in
temperature because the propane tank is in check.
Gas grill replacement parts are available and are sometimes necessary,
low or no gas flow indicates a different typr of repair. Most grillers
accept instructions and the problem is corrected in minutes -- but
believe it or not I have had a few insist on purchasing replacement
How do I fix grill?
To reset the check valve and get back to cooking on your gas barbecue
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 all grill burners in the on position for 3 - 5 minutes before
turning them off.
Make sure. Most gas 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.
Propane in a new or very full tank will be under more pressure,
especially with the OPD floating in position. The extra pressure will
come through the tank valve stronger. Turn the gas tank slowly allowing
small increments of propane to enter the grill.
Once this is complete, you should be able to turn the grill on
high and ignite your gas grill burner. Your cooking heat should
be back to normal and cooking times decreased. If the problem persists,
try this process again to make sure you followed every step. The check
valve exists to save your life if there is a leak in any of the gas
fittings. Constant check valve issues could imply a gas leak and a visit
from your local gas grill service technician may be necessary.
To find a leak, turn the grill valves to the off position and
the gas tank valve to the full on position. This should pressurize the
gas line. Spray soapy water on all the fittings and look for bubbles
just like checking for the leak in a flat tire.
Do not attempt to correct a gas leak on your own. While a check valve
error when your gas grill will not get hot or will not ignite is a
user education error and an issue corrected by learning about your propane tank, a gas leak should be corrected by a
licensed gas service technician. When you are grilling, turn the propane
tank on first and then turn on your grill. When you are done cooking,
turn the gas tank off first and then turn off the grill valves.
The process releases the pressure in the gas grill hose and manifold
which allows the gas tank to release pressure by filling these lines.
Read the safety features of your gas grill, clean it when necessary and
replace used and failing parts. Aside from that be safe, eat well and
on Mar 05, 2020