Inspecting and Cleaning Your Gas Grill Burners

When you are the owner of a gas grill, you want to make sure that all the parts continue to work properly.  Regular inspection of parts will allow you to spot any potential problems early, saving your money on expensive repairs.  It will also make sure that your safety is ensured every time that you use your grill.

One of the areas that you need to regularly inspect is your burners. The burners are the heart of the grill, and should be checked at least several times throughout the summer grilling season.  If your burners are working correctly, that you are well on your way to making sure that your entire grill is safe, effective, and efficient.

The first thing you want to look for with your burners is how the flame burns.  If the burner flame is burning evenly around the entire perimeter of the burner, and continues to burn evenly at all different control settings, then you can be sure that the burner is currently operating properly.  However, even when your burner appears to be working correctly, it is always a good idea to inspect it in order to catch any early warning signs of problems.

To properly inspect your burners, you will want to remove them from the grill.  Use a wire brush to clean the outside of the burner.  The brush will remove any residue or loose corrosion that is attached to the burner.  Stick an opened paper clip into the gas holes to clean any clogs and a venturi brush into the venturi tubes to remove any potential blockages.

Once the burner has been removed, check the assembly for corrosion.  The biggest place for corrosion is along the seams at the edges of the burner ports, as the seams have a tendency to trap grease. Check the strength of the assembly by applying pressure with your thumbs to all the solid metal areas. This will help you ascertain is there are any weak spots. The last thing you want to check for is any clogged holes or flaked away openings. Both will cause the burner ports to enlarge, causing an uneven burn.

On average, burners will last between 2-5 years.  Their life depends on the quality of construction, the climate, location, usage, and maintenance.  By regularly inspecting and cleaning your burners, you can make sure that you get the most out of their lifespan.

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