How to reset the gas regulator on a grill

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How to reset the gas regulator on a grill
Reset the gas regulator if the flame is weak on your grill. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Gas grills allow you to enjoy cooking outside without the mess of stacking charcoal and getting rid of the ashes afterward. The gas grill uses a regulator between the propane tank and the burners to direct and monitor the flow of fuel to the grill. When your burner flames seem weak or sputtering, it's possible there is an air bubble within the regulator line. Resetting the gas regulator on a grill usually resolves this problem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Slip-joint pliers

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  1. 1

    Open the lid of your gas grill. Turn off all the burner knobs on the front of the grill. Opening the grill lid allows any residual fumes to dissipate.

  2. 2

    Turn the knob on the top of the propane tank clockwise until tight to shut off the fuel supply to the grill. Turn the connector nut securing the gas regulator hose to the propane tank counterclockwise with your hand to disconnect the regulator from the tank. If necessary, use a pair of slip-joint pliers to turn the connector nut if it is too tight to turn by hand. The regulator is a valve with one hose connecting to the propane tank and the other hose connecting to your grill burner tube. Wait five minutes before reconnecting the regulator to allow gas to dissipate.

  3. 3

    Thread the regulator connection nut back onto the propane tank until it's tight. Slowly turn the propane tank valve counterclockwise until the valve is half open.

  4. 4

    Turn one of the burners on the grill to the high setting and light the grill. Once the grill lights, turn on the adjacent burners and open the gas valve fully on the propane tank. Continue grilling as normal.

Tips and warnings

  • If resetting does not fix the problem, inspect all connections and hoses for leaks. Repair or replace parts as necessary.

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