Grill Repair Guide

Keep your backyard grilling campanion cooking and looking its best!

Let’s get your grill cooking like new

Gas grills are simple appliances, and when it comes to replacing parts, you should find yours easy to repair at home with a few basic tools. As a trusted gas grill parts source since 1996, we’re dedicated to help you keep your gas grill alive and cooking like new.

Citrusafe: Our favorite cleaning kit. Great results with no harsh smells or chemicals!

A dirty but rewarding process

Don’t be intimidated by grit and grime…let your grill cool-off, grab some rubber gloves, and dive in!

For most maintenance and repairs, you’ll need a few basic tools:

  • Screwdriver and/or phillips screwdriver: to remove grill body parts, clips and more
  • Cleaning supplies: bucket, vinegar, water, sponge, Citrusafe/BBQ cleaner
  • Stainless steel polish or Stove polish (depending on grill body materials)
  • Vegetable oil for coating cooking grates
  • Shop Vac or other Vacuum Cleaner: to remove debris such as flakes, crumbs and rust bits that collect in the bottom of your grill
  • Plastic spatula: to scrape-off goo on delicate surfaces
  • 3" to 4" wide drywall mud knife or similar: for scraping heat distribution plates and other internals including the bottom of the inside of your grill
  • Wire brush and a paper clip: to clean off your burners and free any clogged gas holes

Here’s a fun fact about cleaning your grill: Did you know that you can use an onion to clean your grill grates? It’s true! After you’ve finished grilling and the grates are still hot, cut an onion in half and use a fork or grill brush to rub it across the grates. The onion’s natural juices help break down residue and grease while adding a unique, subtle flavor to your grill. It’s a creative and tasty way to keep your grill clean and ready for your next cookout!

Choose a Repair Topic at left or scroll down for a simple gas grill anatomy breakdown and grill repair videos.

Always refer to your owners manual. The information provided is not intended to take the place of the owners manual that was supplied with your grill. Specific safety, repair and maintenance information varies between grill models and brands.

Gas Grill Anatomy

Choose a component from the above list, or follow this breakdown of associated parts for a typical gas grill for inspection and maintenance.

1. Grill Body

Most grill bodies are cast aluminum, traditionally used due to its resistance to rust and ability to hold and distribute heat evenly. Other grill bodies are porcelain coated steel and stainless steel which offer rust resistance, but sacrifice some heat efficiency.
» Grill Body Maintenance

2. Grill Cooking Grates

Freshen up your Grill where the heat greets the meat. Maintain your Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Porcelain Coated or Stainless Plate cooking grates.
» Grill Cooking Grates & Replacement

3. Heat Shields, Bars, Briquettes

Heat Shields, deflectors, Flavorizer bar, heat tent, heat plate, Flame Tamer, burner tent or heat distribution shield. Bars/Tents are placed over the burners in your gas grill and distribute heat across the cooking grates, and protect the burners from exposure to food drippings and grease. Sometimes a tray design that holds pumice, lava rock or briquettes.
» Heat Shields/Radiants Maintenance

4. Gas Grill Burners

The essential part(s)to maintain even heat distribution and prevent hot spots. Over time, burners can corrode and deteriorate, compromising the grill’s efficiency. Burner cleaning and replacement is a crucial maintenance task for any avid griller.
» Gas Burner Inspection & Repair

5. Ignitor Systems

Sick of using a match to light your grill? Ignitor systems commonly consist of a gas collector box, electrode, wire and ignitor push button. These systems are highly dependable and should provide several years of performance. Most ignitor problems that we have encountered are actually burner-related problems or a result of excessive grease and char buildup.
» Fix your Ignitor/Grill Start Button

6. Gas Control Valves/Manifold

Sticky and hard-to-turn knobs? Or, is your grill not heating evenly between burners? Not reaching the desired temperature? If you’ve ruled out other potential causes such as clogged burners or gas supply issues, a malfunctioning valve could be the culprit.
» Gas Control Valve Maintenance

7. Gas Hose and Regulator

Over time, gas hoses can become cracked and develop leaks, and rodents tend to nibble on them. Old or worn regulators may not provide a consistent flow of gas to your BBQ, resulting in fluctuating cooking temperatures.
» Gas Regulators & Gas Supply Troubleshooting

grill parts diagram

Videos by

See how quickly and easily you can rebuild your gas grill, even if you don’t have one of the models shown. While you’re here, check out our product review videos, too.

Weber Genesis Grill Repair

We rebuild a Weber Genesis Silver A from around 2003. These grills are still insanely popular due to availability of parts, ease of repair and the overall quality of the grill. This can be used as a guide to repair Weber Spirit grills, Genesis Silver A, B or C, Genesis Gold, Genesis Platinum and more.

DCS Grill Repair

DCS grills can be a significant investment - and intimidating to dive into. We take the mystery out of pulling this grill apart and get it restored with new burners, ceramic rod trays, ignitors & more. If you have a DCS built into your outdoor kitchen, this is your guide to get your DCS cooking like new!

Weber Rotisserie

We walk through installing a rotisserie (spoiler alert - it only takes about 30 seconds). We also show you our favorite way to truss a chicken for the spit as well as a seasoning suggestion.

Weber iGrill Review

Thinking about grabbing a Weber iGrill Bluetooth thermometer for yourself or as a gift? Watch what happened when we took one for a spin and compared it to the Maverick Redi-Chek.