BBQ Essential: Checking for Gas Leaks

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Checking your BBQ for gas leaks is easy to do and SHOULD be part of your regular maintenance to ensure that your BBQ grill is working perfectly safe. You definitely don’t want any surprises coming up in the middle of your BBQ parties.

There are several reasons to gas leaks. The most typical reason for gas leaks are typically caused by a loose connection or damaged gas hose. Connections can become loose over time or may not have been properly fastened to begin with. Another reason would include wear and tear over time, resulting in cracks or splits. Alternatively, they can be damaged by animals such as mice or squirrels chewing on them. Therefore, we recommend that you check for leaks each time you connect your regulator or natural gas hose to the barbecue, or after not using them for a prolonged period of time.

5 Simple Ways To Test For BBQ Gas Leaks

  1. Make sure to turn off your gas supply and ensure that all control knobs are set to OFF.
  2. Mix a 50-50 solution of water and dish soap and apply it to the gas hose and connections points with a spray bottle or with a clean brush.
  3. Open the gas supply, but do NOT turn on the control knobs or light the grill.
  4. Inspect the hose and connection points. If you see any bubbles forming, this is indicates a gas leak.
  5. Turn off the gas supply immediately.

What to do if You Find a Leak?

If you discover a leak on the gas hose itself, replace the hose before switching on your BBQ grill because it is a dangerous fire hazard. If you find a leak at either connection point, disconnect the hose and reconnect it, making sure that the fittings are not cross-threaded. The connection between the regulator and propane tank should be tightened by hand, while the connection between the gas hose and the manifold should be tightened using a wrench. Once complete, we recommend conducting the leak test again to ensure that the connections are good. If the same problem still persist, get a professional to fix this!