Angie’s List: Cleaning Your Grill
(WGGB) — We’re gearing up for Memorial Day weekend, which is typically the unoffical start of grilling season, but if it’s been a while since you fired up your grill, a checkup may be in order.
A good grill should last for many years, but you’ve got to be good to your appliances.
“What can happen to burners is they can corrode over time. They are being heated up so much and cooled down that the burner can rust and corrode. Most burners can last five to eight years, but eventually they need replacement like a lot of parts on the grill,” says grill repairman Aaron Nelson.
The ceramic briquettes also need replaced if they become brittle or break in your hand.
If your grill is hard to light, check the venturi tubes.
Nelson explains, “This is a huge thing that can affect the performance of the grill is spiders can get inside these venture tubes and create cobwebs and really affect the flow of the gas, in turn the flame.”
A greasy grill also poses a fire risk. Experts say once you’ve pulled the food from the grill, allow any excess food to burn off and clean the grill while it’s still warm.
Before you fire up the grill, brush olive oil on the grids. When it’s not in use, a cover is the easiest way to protect your grill from the elements.
If you’re in the market for a new grill, remember: the more complex it is, the more expensive it is to repair.
“You only want to get the accessories that you will actually use because you’ll end up buying some really fancy grill and you want use those things and it might lead to larger repair bills down the road,” says Angie Hick’s of Angie’s List.
Gas grills should be serviced at least once a year and twice a year if you’re a heavy grill user. It usually costs around $75, depending on the make and model.