Summer isn’t summer without a BBQ. There’s no greater way of cooking meat than stand in front of the BBQ and turning your burgers with a beer in your hand as the summer sun goes down. So, if your BBQ has a problem, your summer has a problem too!
There are a lot of things that go wrong with your BBQ, but some problems are more common than others. If yours is less than 10 or 15 years old, you should be able to repair it by yourself. But if your model is older or more specialised, it might be that little bit harder for you. Here’s what to do if your BBQ has stopped working.
Identify the Problem
Before you can get to work on the repairs, you need to be sure about what’s causing your BBQ to fail. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. If you have an instruction manual, dig it out and familiarise yourself with all the component parts.
Your BBQ is fuelled by gas, so a good place to start is by examining the tank and the fuel hose. If the gas isn’t being supplied, then the BBQ won’t ignite. Next wiggle around the control valves and make sure they’re functioning properly and then check your burners. If one side of your BBQ is working and the other isn’t, it might be because one of your burners is broke, test them and replace them if this is the case.
Give the Whole BBQ a Deep Clean
This is good advice if your BBQ isn’t broken. You should clean it regularly, before and after every use. This might seem like a lot of hard work, but it’ll save you a lot of trouble later on in the process.
If your BBQ builds up a lot of grime and dirt inside it, you’ll discover that it starts to produce a lot of excess smoke. And nobody wants black smoke blowing in their face when they’re trying not to burn the hotdogs!
Test the Igniter
A faulty igniter is probably the single most common problem BBQ-owners face. At some point in your life, you’ll have to replace the igniter. The igniter is the component that creates the spark and lights up the grill.
If your igniter isn’t working, it simply won’t light, and your BBQ will be rendered completely worthless. You can replace them quite easily though, you’ll find Whirlpool parts at Apwagner.com. Once you’ve checked all the components, including the igniter, you can start to replace the broken ones. If your repairs don’t work and your BBQ still won’t work, it might be time to think about buying a new one.
Renovate its Appearance
Once your BBQ is fixed, you should think about giving it a fresh look to go with its new lease of life. Start by sanding the whole thing and going over it with a good wire brush. Then it’ll be ready to paint. Black is the standard colour for most BBQs but don’t be afraid to try something new.
Then you could replace the wooden serving areas with new, clean wood and painting them too. Your newly renovated BBQ will then be ready to fire up!
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