How to fix the electric ignition on a gas grill

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How to fix the electric ignition on a gas grill
Troubleshoot the electric ignition system of your gas grill to resolve issues. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Gas grills can be an attractive alternative to traditional charcoal grills if you prefer to grill without the mess. Gas grills often feature an electronic ignition that creates a spark to ignite propane gas coming from the burners. Problems that develop with an electronic ignition can often be corrected with some basic troubleshooting to identify the source of the problem.

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Things you need

  • Replacement batteries
  • Electrical tape
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Press the ignition button on the gas grill to activate the electric ignition. Observe the ignition to determine if it produces a spark.

  2. 2

    Adjust the spark module so that the electrodes are aimed in the proper position. Turn the module to point the electrodes toward the burner so that the spark will more easily ignite the propane gas during lighting.

  3. 3

    Locate the battery housing for the electric ignition. Remove the cover from the housing and remove old batteries. Replace the batteries with fresh AA, AAA or C batteries based on the manufacturer and type of grill. Secure the battery cover in place.

  4. 4

    Trace the wires from the battery compartment to the ignition module. Look for signs of damage and wear that could interfere with ignition. Repair the wires by wrapping them with electrical tape.

  5. 5

    Examine the contact points on the ignition module where the wires from the battery connect. Tighten loose connections with a pair of pliers or screwdriver as needed. Brush corrosion or debris that could interfere with ignition using a stiff-bristle brush.

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