How to solve gas grill regulator problems

common gas grill problem

Common BBQ grill regulator problems

The most common problem is that our flame seems not to get high anymore.
 
This causes the grill not to heat up and not perform anymore.
I have read many stories about people changing out gas tanks or burners several times and not find the problem.

Even read about people dumping their grill because they thought it was broken and could not be fixed.

The story behind gas regulator problems

The problems are not limited to Weber, Char Broil or Coleman but can happen on any outdoor gas grill it is just that these brands are mentioned more because they are sold more in my opinion.

Since a couple of years there is a safety feature on grills that causes problems with the gas flow of the propane gas grills.
This can be caused by several things like

  • Damaged part of the grill
  • Clogged gas lines
  • Leaking gas line or connection

But most of the time it is caused by this new safety feature,that works like this:
In case of a gas leak the gas flow is higher than normal. This feature in our regulator register a abnormal high gas glow and restricts the flow by shutting a kind of valve.

What to do about propane grill regulator problems

regulatorStep 1: Keep the lid open to ventilate
Step 2: Turn all knobs off
Step 3: Turn off the knob of the tank
Step 4: Disconnect the hose from the tank.
Step 5: Wait a while and reconnect the hose to the tank
Step 6: Turn the knob of the tank open. But the trick DO IT SLOW
Step 7: Light your grill like you always do.

 
This should solve the problem
After this you should be able to start using your grill as normal.
For some reason this is more a Weber grill problem than any other brand.

Here are 2 videos I found on this subject that can make it more clear than I did in my explanation maybe.

 

 

Gas regulator replacement

If you have to replace it you can click on my propane regulator or hose adapter replacement post I wrote. This is all about propane hose adapters, hoses with regulators, regulators and gauges you can use to either replace or improve your propane gas grill.

Leave us a comment if this worked or you have more tips on this subject. We like to hear all the tricks in the book.

You can find more tips and trouble shooting post in the “how to” section of the menu.

Eddie Vandam




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30 comments for “How to solve gas grill regulator problems

  1. Maegan
    August 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    YOU ARE MY ABSOLUTE HERO for posting this. I have a relatively new BBQ (just a cheap one) and a half full brand new propane tank and had become so frustrated when it stopped working for no apparent reason. I normally bbq almost every day so its been driving me nuts that I couldn’t figure it out! I just tried what you instructed and it totally worked. I can’t wait to BBQ tonight FINALLY. Thank you so much!!

    • August 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Your welcome.
      This is the reason I put all these “how to” articles on the website. Sometimes there is a very simple solution.
      Eddie

  2. Sharn
    August 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yes…it works!!!

  3. Wayne
    June 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Yes but what about when the grill loses flame halfway through grilling? It starts off fine for about 20 minutes and then the flame becomes very low even though it’s turned to high. It’s happened about 4 times in a row. Plenty of propane.

    • June 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

      That’s a new one for me. Never heard or experienced that.
      My guess would be a faulty regulator and replace that one first.
      What is your grill brand? And have you contacted them about this problem?
      I will try to do some research and find an answer for you.
      Keep me posted if you have contact the grill manufacturer.
      Eddie

      • Wayne
        July 31, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Brinkmann is the brand. Since this I did replace the regulator and it still does the same thing. I’ve tried different propane tanks also.

        • August 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm

          Wayne,
          I have send an email to the Brinkmann customer service about this problem.
          I got no idea what to do next. I really thought a new regulator would do the trick.
          Maybe they can help us find a solution. I let you know as soon as they answer me.
          Eddie

          • August 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm

            Wayne I have send you an email with the answer of the Brinkmann company.
            Here is what he basically said. (For the other readers)

            “The problem he’s describing can only be one of a few things:

            A regulator that needs to be reset or replaced.
            A low or faulty propane tank.
            A gas leak from the propane tank, regulator, hose, manifold or valves.
            Thanks,
            Joe”

            Like I wrote you I think you have to start looking at something that gets warm over a period of time.
            Sounds like something is slowly effecting your gas or airlow.

            Let us know if you found something.

            Eddie

  4. Dino
    December 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Glad I found this, I just had this problem and was ready to raise hell with blue rhino for filling the tanks half full with something other than propane.
    Glad I didn’t now, you saved some inbarassment!

    • December 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      You’re welcome. glad it worked. This is why I try to find all these problems and provide an easy solution.
      Eddie

  5. Tyler Bond
    December 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I started having a few problems with my regulator a few weeks ago, and tried to fix it all myself. I ended up messing it up even more I think. One of the best options I think is just going ahead and getting a new one. If it keeps acting up, it could be dangerous, and safety is definitely worth more to me than the cost of a new regulator.

    • December 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Tyler,
      I think you are 100% right. Don’t try to fix it. They are not that expensive to replace.
      Safety first.
      Happy grilling
      Eddie

  6. Bill
    May 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Gas grill far burner is not regulating as it hisses and pops other burner is fine new regulator new burners new tank of gas still is not flowing properly please help

    • May 10, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Sounds like a problem with the gas flow to the far burner since you changed out the burner. Have you checked all connections and see if there is maybe a blockage in the gas line? Sometimes bugs get in there and causes flow problems.
      Let me know if you found anything.
      Edward

  7. Duffy
    August 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    All of the articles/troubleshooting guides online seem to address this same issue, but none about the issue I’m having, which is no flame at all (electric start on Weber Q120 seems to be fine, I can see the spark). I have performed all of the steps above, removed and cleaned my burner tube and I can’t hear the gas going through the burner or smell any gas at all. Could the regulator itself (which small propane tank screws directly into, i believe this is the regulator) be the issue? If so can it be repaired or replaced?

    Would love to not have to replace the grill, it has been going strong for 5 years and this problem came out of nowhere. PLEASE HELP!!!

  8. Pete
    September 2, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I have a char broil 4 burner grill. I just replaced all the burners with replacements fro char broil. The flames are now acting like the regulator is tripped – low flame, only gets up to 250-300 f. When I first light the burner it seems high and normal, but as I turn other burners on the flame gets low and stays low. I have tried the process to rest the regulator several times and the response is the same each time.
    It acts like multiple burners cause it to respond like too much flow.
    Thoughts?

    • September 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Pete,
      Sounds like the regulator is not functioning the way it should.
      After you replaced the burners the gas flow probably went up like it was when they were new.
      I would try a new regulator fist I think.
      Let us know if that worked it might help other readers with the same problem.
      Thanks for sharing.
      Eddie

      • Pete
        September 2, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Will do – thankyou

      • Pete
        September 3, 2017 at 5:29 am

        I replaced the regulator and voila – problem solved.

        • September 3, 2017 at 8:13 am

          Pete,
          I am glad to hear that.
          Thank you for sharing it with all the readers here and lets hope it will help other people with the same problem.
          Since they had to put that safety feature in the regulators I bet you a lot of people threw out there grill and bought a new one because of this problem.
          Have a great day.
          Eddie

  9. Bob
    July 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks to all who shared their regulator problem here. I tried ideas posted here but to no avail. Ordered a new regulator, also new burners. 13 yr Weber which up to now has worked very, very well. See what happens when all the new items arrive and I put them on.

    • July 8, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Bob,
      I think that you have a winner here. If this Weber worked for 13 year I can imagine that the burners slowly need to be replaced. You must have taken care of this grill very well!!
      Let us know what happens after replacing the parts please.
      Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
      Happy grilling!!
      Edward.

  10. Jim
    August 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

    After reading some of the posts about regulators and after purchasing new one from Weber I will go out and try the recommended procedure. When I put the new one on it fixed the low flame issue for a few weeks but it has started to act up again. The grill is Weber Genesis about 3 years old. Thanks in advance and hoping this is the cure.

    • August 20, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Jim,
      I am a little confused. Is it working now or did the problem came back?
      Eddie

  11. anne moreau
    September 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    i have a fuego grill. it worked great. then, nada. full propane tank. company rep told me to replace regulator which we did. it seemed to work fine. then, after a couple of months, the same thing…nada. i don’t think gas is coming through. i can’t smell it.
    i will try your suggestion of removing the regulator from the tank for a bit, but that is what the company rep suggested i try when this first started. what are the chances of a new regulator failing?

    • September 11, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Anne,
      I am sorry to hear about your problem. Although it is possible that a new regulator goes bad again I don’t think it is very common.
      I heard a tip that might help from someone with a similar problem. he changed out his propane tank to another brand and that solved his problem.
      Sometimes the propane gas can contain some moisture that clogges up the regulator I read.
      Please let us know what happened with the solution you are trying now.

      Eddie Vandam

  12. Eric H
    September 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I had low pressure on a six burner Kenmore grill. After a regulator reset I can get two burners to fire up but if I try only one more they all fade out. Any suggestions?

    • September 25, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Eric,
      I am far from being an expert but it seems to me that the regulator is not functioning. Maybe you can try another reset and if that does not work I suggest buying a new hose like this one I personally use. Let us know and maybe someone else can benefit from your experience.
      Happy Grilling,

      Eddie

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