Revive A Broken Gas Barbecue By Replacing The Burners

If your gas barbecue has some major cold spots, or isn't working at all, some bad burners are the most likely cause. Here's how to swap in some new ones and make that old grill like new again.

In this video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, Home Editor Dan Diclerico shows how to remove and replace an old gas burner in a few easy steps:

  1. Disconnect the propane tank and turn off all the burners.
  2. Remove grill grates and flavoriser/flavour bars (the A-shaped metal slats that protect your burners from grease drippings). You should now see your burners.
  3. Pull the cotter pins holding the old burner in place.
  4. Lift the carryover tube so it's not connected to the old burner any more.
  5. Pop the burner out of the metal clamp with a flathead screwdriver (this should be the last thing connecting the old burner to the grill).

Now just do all the previous steps in reverse with the new burners and you'll be all set to grill again. You can replace four burners in most standard gas models and avoid forking out a few hundred bucks for a new grill, so before you toss out that "broken" grill, check those burners.

How to Replace a Gas Grill Burner [YouTube]

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