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4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your BBQ Grill

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Should you repair your grill or replace it with a new one?

A grill is similar to a car. You can’t just use it over and over again without giving it a little TLC (tender love and care) between uses. How long your grill lasts depends on how it was manufactured, how often it’s cleaned or used, and where it’s stored when it’s not in use. Here are four signs that it’s time to replace your BBQ grill.

1.  It’s Falling Apart

The average grill can last anywhere from 5-15 years, but the extent of the warranty coverage varies depending on the manufacturer. At this point, you’ve probably tossed out the warranty information years ago. Now, you are asking yourself, “Is it cheaper to repair it, or should I just buy a new one?”

Normal wear and tear on a grill include surface rust, dents, and scratches. If your grill is falling apart, has excessive corrosion, and the parts aren’t being manufactured for your model anymore, then you should consider replacing your BBQ grill.

2.  The Firebox is Cracked or it has Holes

The firebox is the essential component on a grill where the fuel source burns. Most fireboxes are made from either aluminum or stainless steel, but even the most durable materials are susceptible to damage when exposed to extreme temperatures for a long time. A little rust can be cleaned off, but when the firebox develops cracks and holes, it’s time for a replacement.

3.  The Grill is Unstable or Falling in

If you have a cart-style BBQ, the legs on the grill become corroded, and you can’t tighten the joints anymore. If this is the case it’s a good time to start shopping around. Also, if you have a built-in grill and the support around the sides and back is beginning to sag, it’s time to replace your grill. You don’t want to use a grill that could fall over and injure yourself or others around you. Also, most built-in grills are directly above the gas line that supplies fuel.  If it falls in it can damage the line, and create gas leaks that are very hazardous, and expensive to fix.

4.  The Grease Buildup Isn’t Coming Off

If you haven’t done a great job of keeping up with the maintenance on your grill, there is likely a lot of grease and debris built up on the components designed to keep the grill functioning at optimum performance. This grease can actually eat away at the steel components causing big holes, hot spots and “flashbacks” where the flame from the burner burns up the front of the grill. If you’ve tried cleaning it, but nothing seems to work, this is another sign that it should probably be replaced with a new grill. 

Extending the life of your BBQ Grill

If the firebox or grill box is fully intact and the structure isn’t shaky, it might be worth saving. Depending on the cause or severity of the damage, most grill parts like the grates, burners, igniters and gas hoses can be replaced. If you aren’t sure whether it’s time to replace your BBQ grill or if you should attempt to repair it, contact the experts at San Diego BBQ to book an evaluation appointment today.

Daniel Kaser
Daniel Kaser

Co-Founder of SDBBQ®

Daniel hails from Carlsbad, California. With strong family values and a passion for perfection, Daniel ensures top-quality grill cleaning and maintenance services, delivering exceptional results and clear communication to every client.