Weber grills are one of the top rated BBQs around. They offer some of the BEST mix
of quality and value. They cost more than some of the other grills sold at the big-box
stores, but review after review on the internet agree that they are worth the extra
money. You expect to get many more years of service out of these grills. But what
happens when you have a problem with the grill? Do you get it repaired, who will
do it, how much will it cost? A lot of research points to one very common point
of failure on this (any many other) grills, the propane gas regulator. This is the
hose that connects the propane to the grill.
How does this fail? Generally the biggest way is that a leak develops in the hose
or related parts. How can you tell if there is a leak? You can find many examples
of a soap and water test online that will help show you whether it has a leak. Another
common way to tell is if the grill lights but does not get hot. That is due to a
safety feature in Weber grills that detects if there is a leak. The regulator itself
has the safety. If it has a leak it will only allow a small amount of propane to
reach the grill. The grill will light but it will have very little power to the
Here is an example we encountered:
An 8 year-old Weber Genesis developed a problem where it would light but would not
get hot. Looking into the view hole on the grill, we could see that the grill and
all the burners were lit. But the flame was very low and did not get higher even
when we put the dial to high. Research told us that this was the safety feature
of the grill which happens when there is a leak detected. We shut everything off
and let the grill sit for a while. We then turned the propane back on. Once doing
this we detected a gas smell and could hear a small air sound coming from the tank.
Immediately we shut off the gas. It is critical that you never light the grill
if you encounter this smell or have any sense that the grill propane is leaking.
Replacing this was very easy. The old regulator simply unscrewed from the bottom
of our grill. We took the new one, screwed it on and attached it to the new propane
tank. Turning the propane on did not result in any smell or air sound. We lit the
grill and everything worked perfectly. Since then we have not encountered any further
problems with the grill.
Our initial reaction when having problems with the grill was that it may be time
to replace it. But a Weber grill should get many more than 8 years of life. Now
that we have replaced the regulator we should be good to go for many more years.
You can replace other parts on Weber grills however they can be a bit more complicated.
The regulator seems to be a very common point of failure and is easy to replace.
And it is relatively inexpensive.
As on many types of home repairs, there are plenty of Youtube videos that show this
in detail and discuss it. We suggest you take a look at this videos to get a better
understanding of the repair. And also that you read the instruction manual before
handling anything like this. If you are not comfortable you should get a professional
to repair your grill.
The regulator is one repair that is discussed at length on the internet by people
who have safely repaired it within a few minutes. Our test of the repair confirms
Testing your grill for gas leaks is very important to ensure safety.