How Do I Repair a Gas Grill With a Crimped Connector?
The safety of a gas grill depends on the integrity of the fuel hose and connectors that attach the gas supply to the appliance. If the seal around the crimped connector/hose assembly is compromised, a potentially explosive gas leak can result. Repairing a gas grill with this problem involves removing the hose and regulator parts from the grill and the propane tank, then replacing the damaged parts with a new regulator and hose assembly. Do not attempt to adjust, wrap or modify the old connector. The results could prove fatal.
Shut off the gas at the tank by turning the knob on top clockwise until tight.
Unscrew the large coupler on the side of the gas tank. The coupler is crimped to the regulator and fuel line attached to your grill.
Twist the couplers on the other end of the fuel line counterclockwise with pliers to remove them from the burner valves on the back of your grill's control panel. If you have only one burner, there will be only one coupler to remove.
Take the fuel line/regulator assembly to a hardware store or grill retailer to match the part with a replacement regulator. You can also order the replacement part from your grill manufacturer using the model number of the grill. The model number is typically printed or engraved on a metal plate on the appliance, usually on the back.
Fasten the large coupler on the regulator to the valve on the side of your LP gas tank, turning clockwise to seal the connection.
Hook up the connector (or connectors for two-burner grills) on the other end to the valve on the back of the grill's control panel and tighten with pliers.
Twist the valve on the tank top to release the flow of propane. Listen and sniff for leaks at the connection points. If you smell or hear the hiss of gas, shut off the tank valve and reconnect the couplers on both ends.
James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.
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