Do I need to change my grill?
Most Americans own a grill for backyard barbecuing, and make their grills a central part of their outdoor life during the warmer months of the year. These grills can vary in size, function, and price. If there is one thing that is true about every single grill out there, however, it is that they will all break down at some point in the future. For some of the less expensive models, the obvious answer to worn out parts is to simply buy a new grill. For those grills that cost several thousand dollars, think again! It is well worth looking into replacement grill parts to get the unit back into grilling “mood” 🙂
Is my grill dead?
The problem most people have with their grills – and with their other appliances as well – is that most manufacturers have consumers convinced that every time an appliance breaks down it is time to buy a brand new unit. That is simply not true. The fact is that most seemingly worn out grills can be easily restored to glory. Just replace the grill parts that have worn out. The key to doing that is to understand which parts are most likely to wear out on your precious barbecue grill.
The common replacement parts
Any list of the most commonly replaced grill parts would be a short one. There are few parts of the grill that ever wear out, since the unit itself has few moving parts. Certain parts do seem to wear out more often than others, and you will need to look for the signs that these parts need replacing. When you see meat that is not cooking evenly, or simply taking far longer to cook than it did in the past, it is usually a sign that one of these key components has worn out and may need to be replaced.
These components are the pipe burner, the heat plate, and the cooking grate. In addition, the warming rack may also wear out at some point and need replacing as well. Though each of these grill parts may seem unimportant in and of itself, the problem is that all are needed for any grill to work at its best. The first thing you should do when your grill stops functioning properly is to check to see whether any of these components have stopped working.
Replace the parts – not the grill
Once you have determined why your grill is not operating at peak efficiency, it becomes time to decide what to do about it. Sure, you could just throw your hands up in the air and buy a new grill. Ideally, tough, that should only need to be an option if you were already thinking about upgrading to a more expensive unit. Your first inclination should be to call around and find replacement grill parts that can give added life to your backyard grill. Chances are that you will find the cost of these parts to be much more palatable than the price involved in replacing your grill.