Ready to Cook, but your Grill Isn’t?

Do you notice that when preheating your gas grill the inside temperature doesn’t reach 500°F to 550°F, but stays around 250°F? You may have inadvertently caused your grill to go into what’s commonly called “bypass” by activating the gas control safety device on the regulator. Not to worry, this video will take you through the few simple steps necessary to getting your Weber® Gas Grill back in the groove.

What are your thoughts? (18)

11.27.16

David C

I have a Q series portable Grill (386002) that I use the small disposable LP tanks. I had an event the other day where the gas would not flow out. I saw you had methods to reset a regulator in bypass mode for the larger LP tanks with a valve on them. How do you reset a regulator when using the disposable LP tanks?

11.27.16

Kevin Kolman

David,
You should not have a problem with disposable tanks. What I would do if the problem occurs is take the tank off. Make sure the grill is off. Attach the tank to the regulator and then start your grill. The key is making sure the control knob is in the off position. Hope this helps and if you need anything else you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Grill On!!

11.21.16

Dylan R

I have a smokey mountain cooker smoker. I used it for the 1st time yesterday and I could not keep my temp up. It was mid 30's outside and fairly windy. First few hours it stayed around 200 degrees but the last few hours It was slightly below 150? I am new to smoking so I'm just wondering what I'm doing wrong?

11.21.16

Kevin Kolman

Dylan,
What I like to do is a place a full chimney of dry charcoal into the smoker. I then light 50 coals in a chimney and dump those on the unlit. I then keep the unit apart for 10-15 minutes and let the coals really get going. I then put the WSM together keep all the vents open and away I go. I only use 2-3 liters of water for a turkey. IF you put too much water in the water pan when smoking you will have a problem with getting the WSM up to temperature. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Grill On!!

02.11.16

Jason K

This may have already been answered but I couldn't find it in the comments. I have done this procedure to reset the regulator. This works but I now have to do this EVERY time I fire up the grill. How do I resolve this issue? Do I need a new regulator? I recently replaced the burners and ignitor, which is why I had to do this procedure to begin with.

01.18.16

Zel L

Lovely article - one of the best things I've recently read, and by far the most useful.

09.12.15

Matt C

Hello, I have a Genisis Silver B grill that I love. However, burner 1 will only ever burn with a low blue flame. Burners 2 and 3 will go as high or as low as I need. I have cleaned the burners and checked for obstructions, reassembled and am still only getting that low blue flame (no high flame possible on burner 1).

Is this a manifold problem? Is replacement the only option?

Thanks

09.12.15

John Burns

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your question. Based on your description of the issue you are experiencing, and the steps you have already taken, it sounds like you will indeed require a manifold replacement. Give us a call at 1-800-446-1071 and we can help you order one. We’re open 7am to 10pm CST, every day. Please have your grills serial number available when you call. On a Genesis Silver B it can be found on a white sticker on the front of your Owner’s Manual, underneath the control panel of the grill, or on the inside of the tank panel. Thanks! John

08.10.15

Jeff G

Hi Kevin - Thanks for the info. I have an older 1000LX that suddenly will not heat. I tried the tests listed above and the soap test quickly identified the problem: the fitting on the manifold where the gas hose screws in produced prodigious bubbles. My question: Is that fitting screwed into the manifold or is it welded (more likely braised)? If screwed in I'll remove, re-tape, and reinstall, then test again. If welded, can I get another manifold? (Part number?)
Thanks, Jeff

08.10.15

Kevin Kolman

Jeff,
An old Genesis 1000 lx with the plastic tables. One of my favorites. My suggestion would be to call our customer service department at 800-446-1071 and order 56068 LP manifold. The fitting should not be removed or re-taped. Keep me posted if you need anything else. If you need any last minute advice you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!

07.28.15

Scott V

Hi Kevin,

I have a two year old natural gas weber genesis. Lately whenever I go to ignite it, the BBQ will take a minute or two to get ignited after holding down the igniter button the whole time. Do you know what this could possibly be?

07.28.15

John Burns

Hi Scott, Thank you for your question. There are a few things that could create the situation you describe. Since “bypass” only affects propane models, there’s something else going on. First, I’d recommend you make sure your burner tubes are clean. If there’s debris or grease blocking the portholes, especially near the electrodes of your ignition system, it could be preventing the igniter from working properly. If the burners are clean, the next thing I would check is the battery in your grills igniter module. If you’ve never replaced it before now is probably the time. Those are the two most likely sources of the issue you describe experiencing. If neither of those seem to be the cause, I’d recommend calling us at 1-800-446-1071. We’re open 7am to 10pm CST, every day. Please have your grills serial number available when you call. For your model it can be found on a white sticker on the front of your Owner’s Manual or on a white label inside of the cabinet on the piece of metal that holds your disposable drip trays. Thanks! John

07.17.15

Dustin B

I just fixed the same problem on mine a little differently since these steps didn't work. I turned everything off and disconnected tank. Turned on burners to de pressurize everything, then back off. Then blew, with my mouth, into the check valve. I didn't use compressed air since I didn't want to over pressurize the valve. This seemed to do the trick on it, resetting the little plastic valve. Grill works like a champ again.

07.17.15

Kevin Kolman

Dustin,
Glad you are back grilling and thanks for the advice. Keep us posted if you need any help and Happy Grilling!!

06.29.15

Jim W

Hi,

I have a 2-year old Weber Spirit E210 and has worked great. But tonight it wouldn't get above 250 degrees. (Naturally, on a night when I'd invited several friends over). Tried all the suggestions on this page and more... verified that there are no leaks, the gas cylinder is almost full (replaced less than 1 month ago), etc. I've tried cutting all the burners & tank off, disconnecting the gas, then reconnecting, turning on the gas, waiting 5 min, and then turning on the left burner and trying to light w/ igniter and a lighter. No gas, no flame at all. Re-tried this at least 5 times. Earlier tonight, it would light with a very low blue flame, but now nothing. Any suggestions? Could the tank be defective (works for 4-5 sessions then locks up on its own) -- I don't think so but I'm almost out of options --it's either the tank or the grill. Thanks for any help.

06.29.15

Kevin Kolman

Jim-
Sounds like it could be bypass, a regulator problem or the tank. I have had the same things happen to me. If the grill was working and then stopped it was probably bypass. You seem to have done the checklist of shutting the grill off. Disconnecting that tank and then reconnecting the tank. From there, starting the first burner and then the second. I would say its bypass unless you had not used the grill for before utilizing the new tank. I know from previous experiences it could be the tank. So whatever brand you have right now I would switch to a different brand of tank just to make sure. If you have done all of that and you continue to have a problem then I would call our Customer Service at 800-446-1071 and they will be able to get you back on track. I hope this helps and if you need anymore info you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!

06.13.15

Paul H

Hi Kevin, I have a brand new Genesis E-330 and am excited to try it out. First ignition isn't going well, though. The store assembled and delivered it. I went through the manual and connected the gas as instructed, and when I go to ignite it I get a brief yellow flame flare up and then it just dies. Nothing. Any thoughts on what is wrong? Thanks.

06.13.15

Kevin Kolman

Paul,
One thing I would make sure of is that all of the burners are in the off position, including the side burner control knob. I would then turn the tank on and then give it 10-15 seconds then try to light the grill. If that does not work I would try a different tank. 9/10 that will fix the problem. All grills are tested and lit before they leave the factory to ensure they are in working condition. If it continues to be a problem please call our customer service at 800-446-1071 and they will be able to help take care of the problem. If you need any last minute help you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!1

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