As grilling season gets underway, you may be eager to whip up this year’s first batch of burgers on your trusty backyard grill. But is this aging outdoor appliance really up for yet another grueling year of high temperatures, smoke, and greasy food? Learn when it’s time for a new grill and consider some viable replacement options.
Is your grill past its prime? Look into repairing or replacing it if you notice these signs:
Rusty or cracked firebox: A little rust is nothing to get worked up about – simply scrape it away with a stainless-steel brush. However, if the firebox has cracked or rusted through, you need a new grill.
Yellow flames or uneven heat: To combat this problem with gas grills, first clean the burner tubes or ports with a paper clip or toothpick. If this doesn’t work, look into replacing the burner. If your gas grill is less than 10 years old, the part may still be under warranty.
Flaking, rusted, cracked, or warped grilling grates: Rusted metal or flaking cast-iron grates could contaminate your food. Cracked or warped grates could make for a less pleasant grilling experience.
Leaky hoses and connectors: Perform the bubble test on your gas hoses and connectors. To do this, spray them with soapy water and turn on the gas. Bubbling is a sign of a leak, meaning you need to repair or replace your grill.
Blocked air vents: The ability to control the air intake, and therefore the temperature, is vital while cooking on a charcoal grill. If the vents become irreparably stuck or blocked, you need a new grill.
Grease buildup: If you’re not diligent about cleaning your grill after each use, grease could build up to the point of becoming a fire hazard. Try cleaning it now, but if your efforts prove fruitless, it could be time to replace the grill.
Poor stability: Rusty leg joints and unstable bases are safety hazards. If you can’t find a way to stabilize your grill, replace it.
Replacement Grill Options
After determining that it’s time for a new grill, the next step is to choose a replacement. You have many options regarding fuel type and portability. Take a look:
- Gas grills: The most popular type of backyard grills are powered by gas. You can either place a propane tank under the unit or connect it directly to your home’s natural gas line.
- Charcoal grills: Whether grilling on a campout or in the backyard, charcoal grills are the least expensive, most portable option. More cleanup is required, but many people argue that charcoal grills grant the most “authentic” taste.
- Smokers: These slow-cooking grills lend a rich flavor to your food.
- Electric grills: Indoor grilling is possible with an electric grill, which gives off no harmful smoke.
- Portable grills: From wheeled units you can move around the yard to tabletop models you can take with you tailgating or on campouts, portable grills are ideal for many people.
- Built-in grills in outdoor kitchens: For high-capacity cooking, gourmet features, and an unbeatable aesthetic, consider a built-in grill as part of your outdoor kitchen.
Keep Your Grill Running Smoothly
If you find problems with your grill, you might be able to repair it. Let Mr. Appliance® take a look! Our skills may allow you to get a few more years out of your trusty grill. Even if you end up replacing it, count on us for all your future outdoor appliance maintenance needs to help your investment lasts for years to come.
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