Tips for Grill Maintenance This Summer

Posted: July 19, 2021

gas grill tips maineWe’re almost halfway through summer in Maine, and your grill is probably getting a decent amount of use. Every so often, it’s a good idea to give the grill a proper cleaning, and now might just be the time for that. Once it’s clean, check out our maintenance tips to ensure you don’t have a gas leak.
Pro tip: It’s a good idea to use a new grill brush each season. So if you didn’t get a new brush this spring, now’s the time!

How To Clean a Gas Grill

Follow these steps to properly clean your grill.

  1. Wipe down the exterior of your grill with a sponge and some soapy, warm water.
  2. Dry it off with a rag.
  3. If your grill has grease or stains, glass cleaner on a terry cloth should get the job done.
  4. Now open the grill and remove the grates and your flavorizer bars. Any debris you see is probably caked residue, from grease.
  5. Use a stainless steel grill brush to clean the grills and bars. (Follow the grain on your grill to prevent scratching.)
  6. Avoid scratching by using terry cloth, rather than paper towels, for any wiping down you do.
  7. If you have trouble getting debris off the grill, you may be able to remove it using a solution that is equal parts water and vinegar.
  8. After checking the holes in your burner tubes for spiders or other pests, it’s time to clean them! These holes may run from side to side, or from top to bottom. The stroke of the brush should go in the opposite direction of the direction of the holes.
  9. Put the flavorizer bars and grills back, and turn the grill on high. This will remove any remaining debris!

How To Check Your Grill for a Gas Leak

Once your grill is clean, use these tips to check for a gas leak.

  1. Remember that soapy water? You’re not done with it yet! Wipe some over the grill’s valves, hoses and regulators. If you see bubbles forming, there’s a leak.
  2. Turn on the grill, more bubbles might form, so take note.
  3. To fix this, tighten the hoses. If that doesn’t work, it may be time for a replacement propane tank or replacement hoses.
  4. Not sure what to do? Let us know!

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