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Get expert tips from the pros on how to find the right replacement parts for gas grills for a quick and easy DIY repair.

Finding the right replacement parts for gas grills can go a long way to maintaining your grill’s performance and extending its lifespan.

Whether you’ve been in the game for a bit, or are new to the grilling hobby, understanding when and how to replace parts of your gas grill on your own is always a valuable skill.

Replacing parts when they start to malfunction can help you avoid the hassle and cost of buying an entirely new grill and extend the lifespan of your current grill.

Whether it’s burners, grates, or ignition systems that need updating, so many of your grill’s essential parts are not just replaceable but easy to replace on your own!

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to know when to replace a part vs. buying a new grill. We cover the parts that most commonly need replacing, and how you can keep your grill parts clean and working their best between replacements.

From understanding your grill’s model and make to navigating the options available, we’ll cover all you need to know to make the best decisions on replacements.

We’ll also provide tips on finding replacements if your grill model has been discontinued and wrap it all up with some FAQs to help demystify the replacement process.

So brush off your DIY skills, and let’s get to fixing!

Key Takeaways

  • Know your grill’s model and what part you need to find a perfect match using the manufacturer’s label on the grill or user manual for reference.

  • Purchase genuine OEM parts from the manufacturer’s website, authorized dealers, or reputable retail outlets to ensure quality and fit.

  • Choosing between OEM and aftermarket parts involves balancing cost, availability, and quality to maintain or enhance your grill’s functionality.

How To Find the Right Replacement Parts For Your Gas Grill

Where to Find Your Grill Model Information | Why The Correct Model Number Matters

If you’ve decided to replace individual parts of your grill rather than spring for an entirely new one, your first step will be to determine which parts are worn out or damaged.

Once you know which part or parts need to be replaced, the next step is finding matching replacement parts.

If you held on to your user manual (which we always recommend), there should be a parts list as well as your grill’s brand and model number, which can help you narrow down the exact parts you’ll need to order.

No user manual? You may be able to find a digital version on your grill manufacturer’s website.

When in doubt, you can take the dimensions of the part (for example, knowing your grates are 13 inches long or your burners are U-shaped and 24 inches long, etc.) and shop for replacement parts using that information.

Where to Find Your Grill Model Information

Grill manufacturers often place a model number in a hidden yet accessible spot on the grill. This alphanumeric code is your grill’s unique identifier. Here are common locations where you can look for it:

  • Inside the Grill Cabinet: If your grill has a storage cabinet, open it and look for a sticker on the door or the walls.
  • On the Grill’s Back: Flip around your grill (carefully, of course) and inspect the backside for any labels or plates.
  • Underneath the Grill: Sometimes, the information is located on the underside of the grill, so be prepared to get a little low to the ground to check.
  • Behind the Grease Tray: Pull out the grease tray and look behind it for a sticker or plate.

Once you find the model number, jot it down. If the elements have worn away the label, don’t fret. As mentioned before, manuals, purchase receipts, or product registrations may also have this information.

Why the Correct Model Number Matters

The right model number is the magic key for your grill part replacements; it ensures compatibility. Here’s why it’s important:

  • Precision Fit: Grills need the right pieces to fit together perfectly. The wrong part can lead to poor performance or even safety hazards.
  • Optimal Performance: The correct parts mean your grill will work as designed, giving you the best grilling experience.
  • Warranty Considerations: Using the wrong parts could void your warranty, leaving you unprotected against future issues.

Making sure you know the correct model number for your gas grill will save you a lot of time and hassles in the long run.

Sourcing Replacement Parts

Manufacturer Websites | Hardware Stores | Online Retailers | Specialty Grill Stores

Once you’ve pinpointed your gas grill’s model number, the quest for replacement parts begins.

It helps to know where to look for replacement parts to restore your grill to its former glory.

Here’s a breakdown of the best places to source replacement parts.

Manufacturer Websites

The first place to check for authentic parts for your gas grill model should be the manufacturer’s website. The reason is that these platforms usually offer direct access to genuine OEM parts. Original Equipment Manufacturer parts ensure the perfect fit and function.

They also offer warranty assurance. Using genuine manufacturer OEM parts often means staying within the terms of your grill’s warranty.

Finally, you get the manufacturer’s customer support in case you have questions or if anything goes wrong. Get help directly from the people who know your grill best.

Hardware Stores

Another great place to check for gas grill replacement parts is your local hardware store. Hardware stores can be a treasure trove for grill parts.

By heading down to your neighborhood hardware store, you get immediate part availability if the part is in stock. You can walk away with the needed part in hand, no waiting for shipping.

Talking to a live hardware store representative gives you the benefit of experienced staff who can offer advice and guidance. (If your hardware store is worth their salt, that is.)

A hardware store also gives you the chance to compare different brands and types of parts all in one place.

Online Retailers

The internet has a ton of options for gas grill replacement parts with online retailers like Amazon, eBay, BBQGuys, and many others.

Online retailers offer the convenience of shopping from the comfort of your home with a wide selection of parts to choose from. The added benefit is that you get access to a larger range of aftermarket parts to compare against and they may just end up being more affordable.

You also get to take advantage of customer reviews for most parts when buying online. Insight into the performance and quality of parts from other grill enthusiasts can be a huge help in finding the best replacements.

Specialty Grill Stores

If you’re a true grilling connoisseur or you’re just looking for a more boutique experience, specialty grill stores may be a good place to shop for replacement gas grill parts.

Specialty grill stores offer true expertise with staff who are passionate about grilling and can give tailored advice, more often than not.

You’re also more likely to find high-quality parts at a specialty grill store. They usually have a hand-picked selection of parts that may include higher-end or hard-to-find components.

The final perk to specialty grill stores is that a store with a focus on grill parts often means they may stock parts that other general retailers don’t carry.

Most Common Gas Grill Parts That May Need Replacing

Grill Grates | Igniters | Burners | Venturi Tubes | Gas Valves | Warming Racks | Heat Plates | Control Knobs | Ceramic Briquettes

Whether it’s due to the passage of time or the sheer amount of delicious barbecues you’ve hosted, certain parts of your grill are likely to wear out and require replacement.

There are some frequently used parts that are not only easy to find replacements for but also easy to replace yourself with a bit of research and elbow grease.

Knowing which parts are most susceptible to wear can save you from the unexpected loss of function during grill season.

Here are the most common ones:

Pro Tip: If one of the parts listed below needs replacement, good news: they are incredibly common parts to replace!

Replacement Grill Grates

Grill Grates

Grill grates are one of the most important parts of your grill since they’re what is touching the food while it cooks.

Grates endure a lot of heat and wear, especially if not properly maintained. Rusty or warped grates can affect cooking efficiency and hygiene.

If you notice any rust or chipping on the grates, or they’ve become impossible to clean, it’s time to replace them.

The material your replacement grates are made from (stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron, etc.) will depend on your grill model, so this is another case where you’ll want to consult your user manual before shopping.

Replacement grates should run you between $30 to $100 and are incredibly easy to install since they’ll pop right into your grill.

For tips on maintaining your grill grates, check out this guide: The Ultimate Guide on How to Clean Grill Grates

Replacement Gas Grill Igniter

Igniters

Your grill won’t be very useful without a functioning igniter, so this is another replacement part you’ll want to snag as soon as you notice issues.

A faulty igniter can leave you with unlit burners and a grill full of raw food. Replacing igniters is often a simple fix to get the flames going again.

You may only need to replace part of the igniter, like the spark generator or the wires. But even in cases where the entire igniter needs to be replaced, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Replacement ignitors should run you between $8 to $50 and you can learn how to install them with my guide: Why Is My Gas Grill Igniter Not Working? How to Replace a Gas Grill Igniter

A Replacement Gas Grill Burner

Burners

At the heart of your grill’s heating system, burners can corrode or become clogged over time. Your grill’s burners are where gas becomes flame, so they must be working properly.

Signs that you might need a new burner include uneven heating and difficulty lighting.

If you notice any corrosion or damage to the burners, small gas portholes breaking down and forming larger holes, or any flames coming from the sides or tops of the burner, it’s more signs that they’re ready to be replaced.

Malfunctioning burners aren’t just annoying; they can be dangerous, too, so this is one replacement you won’t want to procrastinate on.

Burners are a bit more expensive to replace, running anywhere from $25 to more than $100 depending on the size and shape (or several hundred dollars if you’re replacing an infrared burner), but the cost is absolutely worth it.

For more info on prolonging the life of your gas grill burners, check out our guide: The Complete Guide on How to Clean Gas Grill Burners or Burner Blockage? You May Have a Spider in Your Gas Grill

Replacement Gas Grill-Venturi Tubes

Venturi Tubes

Venturi tubes, which mix air and gas to feed to the burners, are another part that can impact your grill’s overall performance if it’s clogged or not working properly. Blockages or misalignment can lead to poor burner performance.

A severely clogged tube can even become a safety concern, so we recommend replacing these as soon as you notice damage or a clog that you can’t remove with cleaning.

New venturi tubs will typically cost less than $30, depending on your grill’s size and model.

Replacement Gas Grill Warming Rack

Warming Racks

Warming racks are often overlooked as important grill parts, but they play a crucial role in allowing you to cook a variety of foods while utilizing zone cooking techniques. They also are great for keeping food warm until the entire meal is ready.

If your warming racks are rusted, chipped, or have come loose from the bracket that holds them in place, it’s time for a replacement.

You can also order a replacement warming rack if your grill didn’t come with one and you want to install one yourself!

The cost of your replacement warming rack will depend on your grill’s model, materials, and width — a rack may run you as low as $25 or as high as $410 for higher-end grills.

Replacement Gas Grill Heat Plates

Heat Plates

Also known as flame tamers or heat tents, they protect the burners from dripping fats and help distribute heat. They sit below your cooking grates and help distribute heat evenly across your grilling surface while protecting the burners below them.

Due to their location close to the action, it’s common for heat plates to become hard to clean over time as more grease and debris build-up.

If your heat plates have become rusty, damaged, or have too much grease buildup to clean, you should replace them as soon as possible to avoid the risk of flare-ups.

Replacement heat plates will typically cost between $5 and $30.

Replacement Gas Grill Control Knobs

Control Knobs

These are more prone to cosmetic issues rather than functional wear but cracked or faded knobs can be both an eyesore and a nuisance if they no longer rotate smoothly.

Replacement control knobs will typically cost as little as $2 to as much as $50 depending on the grill model.

Replacement Gas Grill Ceramic Briquettes

Ceramic Briquettes

Some grills feature ceramic briquettes, ceramic tiles, charcoal briquettes, or lava rocks that help provide even heating across the grill’s surface.

If you need to replace these, you’re in luck: replacements usually cost about $30 to $100, and you can switch between the different types of briquettes or tiles if you wish.

Gas Valves

Gas valves are another important part of your grill that you won’t want to put off replacing for long, as they regulate the amount of gas that flows into the grill.

If your grill isn’t getting gas, the problem could be with a stuck or broken valve that may need replacing.

If you suspect your valves are malfunctioning, it’s incredibly affordable to buy a replacement and install it yourself — valves can run as cheap as $5 for orifice valves or upwards of $75 if you have a higher-end grill and need a full replacement. But even those pricier valves cost less than replacing the whole grill!

Replacing gas valves can sometimes be more complex on higher-end grills and might require professional help.

Evaluating Part Quality

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts | Reading Reviews and Ratings | Material Considerations

When the time comes to replace parts of your grill, you want to make sure you get high-quality replacements. You don’t want to have to replace them again in a year or two.

Here’s how you can judge the quality of the parts you’re considering.

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

Choosing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or aftermarket alternatives is significant when considering quality.

Here’s a breakdown of why that is.

  • OEM Parts: These are produced by the grill’s original manufacturer. They’re guaranteed to fit and function exactly like the parts they replace. They often come with a warranty and maintain the integrity of your grill. However, they may come at a higher price.
  • Aftermarket Parts: Produced by third-party companies, these parts are typically less expensive and may offer more innovative features or improvements over OEM parts. The tradeoff can be a risk of poorer quality and potential compatibility issues.

It’s important to weigh the cost benefits against the potential risks and to consider the use of aftermarket parts when the OEM versions are no longer available.

Reading Reviews and Ratings

Customer feedback can be incredibly useful. It provides real-world information about how the parts perform over time.

Websites selling grill parts often feature user reviews. Look for consistent comments about durability, fit, and performance.

High ratings are usually a good indicator of user satisfaction. However, be cautious and read through the reviews to make sure they seem legit. The more detail the better.

Grill enthusiast groups, forums, and social media platforms can also be excellent resources for unfiltered opinions and experiences.

Material Considerations

The materials used in manufacturing grill parts can significantly affect their durability and even their function. That’s why we always recommend looking for stainless steel replacement parts when possible.

Stainless steel is often used for burners and grates. Stainless steel parts are durable and resistant to rust, but quality can vary widely. Look for high-grade stainless steel like 304 or 430.

Cast iron is another option. Grates and burners are sometimes made of cast iron, which provides excellent heat retention but requires more care and maintenance to prevent rust.

Porcelain coating is common on lower-end bargain grills. Some parts have a porcelain coating to help prevent sticking and protect against corrosion. Make sure the coating is evenly applied and without flaws to prolong the life of the part.

How to Get Parts For Your Discontinued Grill

If you have a model of grill that’s been discontinued, there are still ways to find parts and keep your beloved grill in prime condition.

You should start with the Manufacturer. Even if your grill model has been discontinued, the manufacturer may still have a backstock of parts, or they may offer compatible parts from newer models.

Online retail shops are another good place to look. Several sites specialize in grill replacement parts, even for grills that aren’t in production anymore.

Or you could look for universal parts. If your grill has been discontinued, chances are the warranty has run out as well. Certain grill parts are standardized and can fit a variety of models. These universal parts can often be found in home improvement stores, specialty grill stores, and online retailers.

You’ll typically still need to know your grill’s brand and the dimensions of the part before you head to these sites, but once you have that info, replacement parts shouldn’t be too difficult to find.

Maintenance Tips to Reduce Future Repairs

All grill parts have a typical lifespan before needing to be replaced. But you can help extend that lifespan with regular cleaning, maintenance, and protection!

You should give your grill a basic cleaning after every use, with more in-depth cleaning once or twice a month, depending on how often you use it.

Once or twice a year, give your grill a true top-to-bottom cleaning both inside and out, removing and soaking parts as necessary to give them some extra TLC.

Here’s a great guide that covers both of those: How to Clean a Gas Grill – Tips to Revitalize Your BBQ

We also recommend performing regular maintenance checks like oiling the grates, looking your grill over for damage or corrosion, and performing regular leak tests on your gas lines.

You can help keep your grill clean and free from damage by putting it under a grill cover when it’s not in use — no matter what environment you live in, a cover can do wonders to extend your grill’s life and shield it from the elements.

Gas Grill Replacement Parts – FAQs

Have some additional questions about grill replacement parts? Find answers in the FAQs below!

Is It Worth Replacing Grill Parts?

Yes, replacing grill parts is often worth it as long as the cost of the parts is less than half the price of a new grill. It can save money, extend your grill’s life, enhance performance, ensure safety, and is environmentally friendly compared to buying a new grill.

What Is the Life Expectancy of a Gas Grill?

The life expectancy of a gas grill typically ranges from 5 to 15 years. Regular maintenance, quality of materials, frequency of use, and weather exposure can influence its longevity. Investing in a high-quality grill and performing routine upkeep can extend its lifespan significantly.

Where Is the Model Number on a Gas Grill?

The model number on a gas grill is usually found on a sticker or metal plate located on the back, underside, inside the grill cabinet, or behind the grease tray. It’s important to know its location on your grill to find compatible replacement parts.

Where Can I Buy Genuine Replacement Parts for My Gas Grill?

You can buy genuine replacement parts for your gas grill directly from the manufacturer’s website, authorized dealers, or select retail outlets recommended by the manufacturer. Always verify compatibility with your grill model for the best results.

Are Aftermarket Parts Safe to Use on My Gas Grill?

Aftermarket parts can be safe for your gas grill if they are compatible with your model. They can be a safe and cost-effective option Always buy from reputable sources and check reviews to guarantee quality and safety.

Finding the Right Replacement Parts for Gas Grills: Final Thoughts

While it may seem daunting, deciding to replace some of your grill’s parts on our own doesn’t have to be! It’s a way to extend the life of your grill and avoid the cost of replacing the grill entirely. You’ll even be able to learn a new skill or two along the way.

Replacement parts are typically relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and straightforward to install on your own, so if you only have a few parts to replace, we always recommend doing it yourself.

With a bit of research, patience, and resourcefulness, you can extend the lifespan of your grill and continue to enjoy a fantastic outdoor cooking experience for years to come.

Cheers,

Emily

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Emily Lord

I’m a Wisconsin-based freelance writer and home cook who loves hosting parties and expressing my love for my family and friends through homemade meals and baked goods.

I blame Iron Chef and Chopped for my competitiveness in the kitchen.

In my free time, I occasionally run marathons as an excuse to eat more good food.