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Can My BBQ Grill Be Repaired?

Query on BBQ Grill Reparability

Have you ever had a moment when you want to enjoy a great barbecue? The thought has most likely gotten you through a few unbearable work days. And then the long-awaited weekend arrives; you pull out your grill and realize it’s showing some nasty signs of wear and tear.

What’s the next step? Toss it to the curb and spend thousands of dollars to buy a new one. Or you can repair your portable BBQ without spending like the LA Dodgers. But unlike the Dodgers, your grill can be repaired. But are repairs cheaper than buying a new grill?

Let’s take a closer look. You can save considerable cash and salvage your grill–there’s no need to splurge on a new one.

Common Grill Issues and Their Solutions

A grill is a fantastic help for cooking a juicy piece of meat in mere minutes. Admit it, your mouth is watering. But how frustrating is it when something unexpected happens, and your grill is no longer in optimal shape? Grills suffer from wear, leading to more complex problems in the long run. That is why regular maintenance and fixing the barbecue is worthwhile. The good thing is that we’re super experienced and understand the most common issues. We know how to fix them and would love to share a few tips: 

  • Uneven heating is often a symptom of a dirty grill. On the one hand, it may seem, “Come on, what’s the big deal?” However, uneven heating can lead to one part of your food being cooked and the other not. You can often fix this problem by cleaning the burner opening and ensuring proper airflow. 
  • Ignition Problems. The only thing worse than uneven heating is if the grill doesn’t work. Unfortunately, these situations do occur. You turn on the grill and are ready to enjoy a delicious meal, but the grill isn’t heating at all. We recommend checking the ignition system because dirt may have gotten in there or may be damaged. In some cases, you will need to replace the ignition system components.
  • Rust and Corrosion. Rust and corrosion are nasty things that can happen anywhere. They occur due to improper storage and exposure to temperatures. San Diego, for example, is on the ocean (thank goodness), which means it’s exposed to humidity, salt, and wind. This combination may lead to an increased need to fix the barbecue. It’s a minor problem that you can eliminate with an abrasive sponge or wire brush. 
  • Gas leaks are unpleasant and even more dangerous problems. If left unchecked, they can lead to a fire and cause many problems. Check for leaks by applying soapy water. Bubbles indicate a leak. Note: We recommend that you leave it to the professionals to fix this problem.

Dealing with Rust and Corrosion

As we wrote above, rust and corrosion can be incredibly frustrating. Seemingly minor rust and corrosion, what’s the big deal? And indeed, if you find any of these things on your barbecue in small amounts, it is safe when the grill is not in use. However, you should know it will get bigger and more dangerous over time. So, if you have noticed such signs of wear and tear, we have an actionable way of what you should do next:

  • Assessment. Yes, undoubtedly, you have already noticed rust. But where is it located? We recommend inspecting the device thoroughly to see if you can find nasty rust and corrosion marks. 
  • Cleaning. We have good news for you: if your rust is superficial, you can clean it with a wire brush or sandpaper. It is an effective way to help you eliminate the top layer of rust. 
  • Repairing a rusted grill bottom. The most common rust problem is the bottom of your barbecue. Many people ask how to fix rusted grill bottoms. Unfortunately, this is where our power runs out. If your barbecue or grill has a rotten bottom, you must turn to repairs. We recommend choosing a trusted BBQ repair company that professionally repairs your grill. Installing a new bottom on your own can cause more problems.

And when you have a grill that’s almost as good as new, remember that it pays to keep it clean and professional. You don’t want to be thinking about fixing my barbecue grill all the time, do you? That’s why we recommend preventive measures such as applying a special coating and drying and cleaning your grill regularly after each use. 

Fixing Burners and Ignition Problems

You turn your grill on, but it doesn’t heat up? Unfortunately, this problem is quite common. Many grill owners may encounter this problem every few years. However, as with rust and corrosion, this problem can also be easily solved. 

Generally, the answer is yes, so say it with us: ‘I can fix my barbecue grill.’ There are some problems you can solve on your own, and for others, you will have to contact a professional, but in any case, fixing the grill in almost every situation is possible. So, regarding combustion problems, you first need to check for clogs or any debris. You should realize that sometimes a simple cleaning can do wonders.

Then, inspect the igniter for signs of wear and tear or damage. Some parts can wear out if your grill has been in use for a long time. Therefore, sometimes, you will need to replace certain parts. We recommend that any parts in your grill be replaced by professionals only. If you have never done BBQ side burner repair before, you don’t have to! The thing is that after such repairs, you need to reassemble the grill correctly so that it will not be dangerous. So, leave it to the professionals.

If cleaning and inspection don’t fix the problem, replacing the burner or ignition components may be time-consuming. You can find some replacement parts at most hardware stores. However, before buying any parts, ensure they fit your barbecue model. You can find an instruction manual or read it on the manufacturer’s website. Ask a consultant to help you find the correct part as a last resort. 

Remember that timely BBQ side burner repair will allow you to avoid problems in the future. And that means continued enjoyment of delicious food for years to come. So, keep these problems from getting in the way of your taste buds! 

The Anatomy of a Grill Repair

Inspecting a Grill for Possible Repair

Have you decided to repair the grill yourself? We’ve already shared some maintenance tips, but let’s determine what to look for when your grill breaks down and what steps to take next.

First of all, you need to assess any damage carefully. Look at the burners, igniter, and other parts to identify your problem. Once you know the cause of your malfunctioning grill, proceed with the repair. But this is for the more complicated repairs. 

DIY solutions may suffice for more straightforward problems, such as cleaning or minor adjustments. For example, by taking sheet metal for a BBQ grill, you can easily replace the sides of your grill, getting rid of the severely rusty part. 

Remember, living in San Diego, your grill is constantly exposed to high humidity and wind. This means that it will likely have problems sooner or later. Therefore, make sure to get a professional grill repair service. The professionals can easily replace the right part or repair what is not working. Is the rusted grill bottom out? Professionals will have it replaced in minutes! Is the heat not working? Professionals will determine the cause!

Remember, if you need help fixing the cause yourself, it’s best to call the professionals. By recognizing the importance of professional services, you can ensure your grill will keep you happy for years

DIY Grill Repair Tips

We realize that many people are fans of DIY. It’s very convenient and will save you money. That’s why we have some actionable tips for you if you decide to make DIY repairs:

Repair IssueDIY Solution
Fixing a hole in the bottom of the grillAre you thinking about how to fix a hole in the bottom of the grill? What if we told you about the existence of high-temperature glue? If your hole is small, you can put a metal plate on top and glue it with high-temperature glue. This way, the bottom of your grill will hold firmly and will not come off when exposed to the heat of the fire. 
Rusted-out grill bottomA rusted-out grill bottom can also be replaced, but it will be more complicated. If the bottom is rusted, it must be removed and a new one put in. Attach the same metal sheet to the bottom of your grill. 
Burner ReplacementThe burner is one of the most basic parts that power your grill. If it is not working, you will not be able to enjoy delicious grilled food. If the burner is not working properly, go to the store and get a new one. This will allow you to maximize your performance.
Ignition System TroubleshootingIf your ignition system does not work, first check that it is not clogged with debris. Then, check the ignition electrodes and make sure the wires are correctly connected. You can look it up online to learn how to do this. But still, our advice is that it is better to go to professionals; it’s safer!
Grease Tray MaintenanceThe grease trap collects all the excess from your food. Unfortunately, if this part is not cleaned, you may have a fire. To avoid this, simply clean and change the grease trays regularly. It’s simple but will give you the ultimate peace of mind when cooking. 

When to Consider Grill Replacement

Unfortunately, there are times when repairing your favorite grill is impossible. And as sad as it sounds, you’ll have to say goodbye to it and buy a new one. But when to make that step? When must you say goodbye to your old grill? We know these unpleasant moments, and we’re ready to share them with you:

  • Irreparable Damage. Some things can’t be fixed. For example, the sheet metal for the BBQ grill is badly corroded, and such changes can affect its safety and functionality. It may be time to consider a replacement. But remember that this could be the start of your new flavor adventure.
  • Frequent Breakdowns. Tell us, why keep dragging something that’s dragging you down all the time? Yes, that’s precisely how we can describe a grill you must constantly fix. It may be easier and cheaper to replace it with a new one. Think about it before you spend a lot of money on repairs.
  • Technological advancement. What about experiencing something new? Technology still needs to stand; we can offer something newer and more technologically advanced every year. Want a versatile and portable BBQ repair? Please! Artificial intelligence in cooking? Easy! So, don’t disadvantage yourself in getting something new!

Remember, there are many reasons why your grill may break down. But before you jump to drastic replacement measures, we recommend trying a repair. If you need clarification on whether your grill is repairable, contact a professional so we can give you our professional answer.

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.