Repairing a Natural Gas Line to a BBQ
Connecting your BBQ grill directly to your home's gas line will save you the job of constantly refilling the gas cylinder, just like with the propane grill, but what should you do when it's not working correctly? Here are some tips for repairing the natural gas line to your BBQ grill. Follow these steps to continue enjoying the many benefits of the natural gas lines in your home appliances.
1- Checking If It's Working Properly
First, identify if you have any problems. You will know your grill is still working correctly when the color of the flame is blue mixed with yellow, and it distributes the heat evenly through all the burners. It shouldn't make strange noises, nor should produce a lot of smoke. However, if any of the mentioned above characteristics start failing, then it might be time to do some repairing on your gas line. Remember that gas is highly combustible, so before doing any repairing work, shut it off completely.
2- Check On Your Regulator
The pressure on your natural gas line is way higher than you actually need to work a BBQ grill. That's because it runs for many home supplies at the same time. This is why every grill has a pressure regulator. This piece controls the amount of fuel (natural gas) going into your burners. The regulator is usually attached to your natural gas line with an O-ring, and it has a small vent hole in the center. Sometimes, this vent hole gets clogged, and it causes the gas to flow unevenly. As a consequence, the heat on the burners, and the quality of the cooking, will diminish. You can easily fix this by blowing into the vent to clear it out.
3- Check On Your Fuel Hose
If the hose, through which the gas goes all the way from your natural gas line to your grill, is worn out or somewhat damaged, it may produce a leaking problem. This will also affect the quality of the heat in your burners, and of course the quality on your cooking. All this in addition to the potential health hazard caused by a gas leak should be highly considered. To find out where your leak is, mix in a bowl some water with liquid soap, then grab a brush and spread this mixed solution all along the hose (including the valves). Then, wait and see wherever little bubbles start popping out. Those are the places where the gas is leaking out from. If the hose does have a leak, then you will have to replace it for a new one.
These are the most common problems for a natural gas line supplying a BBQ grill. These are also the easiest issues to take care of, since you won't really need professional help. However, you must be very careful when handling the parts of and working with gas appliances in general. You may also be able to avoid future repair work if you clean your BBQ grill regularly. Grease may build up in the inner parts of your grill, causing different kinds of problems. Finally, don't leave your grill laying out exposed to the elements. By all means, try to keep it properly covered when not being used.