Not sure what to do when your electric grill won’t heat up? Well, don’t let anything get in the way of a freshly sizzled hamburger and pork sausages this weekend. Take a look at 4 ways you can get your grill on the mend in this article. 

Here’s why your electric grill isn’t heating up:

The burners are dirty
The fuse has blown
The heating element is faulty
The thermostat is faulty
Clean the burners
Fit a new fuse
Replace the heating element
Replace the thermostat

Are you ready to see how you can use the information mentioned above to fix your grill? Then take a look at the following section.

4 Reasons Your Grill Won’t Heat Up

An electric grill is awesome for preparing hotdogs, hamburgers, steaks, and all those summer foods we love chowing down on. So there’s nothing worse than it being a beautiful day and not being able to turn the grill up.

Coming up next, you’ll see 4 reasons why your grill won’t heat. Not only that, but you’ll also find step-by-step instructions that will assist you with fixing it. Take a look.

Reason #1 The Burners Are Dirty

I get it. Cleaning the grill is a bit of a pain. And because a grill is not an appliance we use all the time, it’s easy to neglect it. But, if your electric grill burners are clogged up with dirt, they will not be able to heat properly. Not only will this make your grill inefficient at heating, but it could also turn into a fire hazard

Solving this problem is a piece of cake. (And once you’ve sorted it, please help yourself to a slice as a reward.) To fix your electric grill, you will need to clean the burners. If you haven’t cleaned your grill in a while, this might be easier said than done. So, follow these steps that will make it simpler for you. 

You Will Need:
*Dish soap
*Hot water
*Paper towels

*NOTE: If your grill is particularly dirty, you may need to use a more powerful grill cleaner instead of dish soap. 

  1. Turn the grill off and unplug it from the mains power outlet
  2. Allow the grill time to cool completely
  3. Squeeze dish soap over the burners and then pour hot water over them. Allow the grill to soak for an hour.
  4. Drain the water and dish soap off of the grill
  5. Use a sponge and more dish soap to rub over the burners and remove the dirt from them
  6. Use a rag to wipe away the dirt and excess suds
  7. Finally, wipe over the grill with paper towels
  8. Wait for the grill to dry thoroughly
  9. Plug the grill in and turn it on to test it

What if your grill burners have gone past the point of no return? If you are really struggling to get them clean, then you will have to replace them. Replacing the burners, however, is not cheap. In this case, it may be more cost-effective to replace the grill.

Hand Using A Rag To Clean Electric Grill
Use a rag to wipe away the dirt.

Reason #2 The Fuse Has Blown

Your electric grill will not heat up if its fuse has blown. To fix this problem, you need to work out why the fuse blew in the first place. Here are a couple of things you should do to get started:

  1. If the circuit breaker trips, reset it. If it trips again immediately after plugging in the grill, move on to the next step.
  2. Remove any other electrical items from the circuit. Is your electric grill plugged into the same circuit as other items? Then remove them as they could be overloading it. If this doesn’t fix the problem, continue to the next step.
  3. Move the grill to another circuit.
    1. If the grill works when you plug it into a different circuit, you may need to get your electrics serviced. There seems to be a more complex problem here.
    2. If the grill does not work when you plug it into a different circuit, then the fault lies with the grill itself. If it is still under warranty, you should return it to your manufacturer. If it is not, continue with some of the following steps coming up in this article. 
Reset Circuit Breaker
If the circuit breaker trips, reset it.

Reason #3 The Heating Element Is Faulty

If your electric grill is not heating up properly, the heating element could be faulty. How can you be sure whether the heating element is to blame? Here are a couple of telltale signs:

  • The electric grill is infrared and the burners do not turn red
  • The grill only heats up on one side
  • The grill doesn’t heat up at all

Replacing your grill element is as simple as detaching the old one and replacing it with a new one. But to do so, you will need to make sure you can get hold of the replacement parts. This is easy for some of the most popular brands of grills. Make sure you can get the parts you need before you begin taking the grill to pieces. 

So, once you’ve got your replacement heating element, follow these steps:

  1. Turn the grill off and unplug it from the mains power outlet
  2. Use a screwdriver to remove the outer casing from the grill
  3. Take a photo of the connection of the grill element. This will help you to connect the grill again properly with the replacement.
  4. Attach the new grill element. Do so in the exact same way as you see in the photo. Pay close attention to the instructions that came with it.
  5. Return the outer casing to the grill. You can use a screwdriver for this.
  6. Turn the grill back on and test it
Red Fire Heating Element From Electric Grill
Replace the faulty heating element with a new one.

Reason #4 The Thermostat Is Faulty

If you’re still struggling, that may be because your grills’ thermostat is faulty. The thermostat, if not working properly, will not kick in and tell the grill plates to heat up. This will make them unresponsive and cold although you try to alter their temperature. 

Why might your thermostat be faulty? There could be a couple of factors at play:

  • The grill is old. The thermostat, as a result, is old too.
  • Hot food or liquid was spilled behind the control knob. This could interfere with the thermostat and render it faulty. 

To fix this problem, you will need to replace a faulty thermostat. How? Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Turn the grill off and plug it out of the mains power outlet
  2. Locate the thermostat. It should be behind the temperature control knob.
  3. Examine the thermostat. Look out for any signs of melting or burned wires. 
  4. Fix the damage. If you see any signs of damaged wires, replace them. If the thermostat is faulty, replace it. 
  5. Put the grill back together
  6. Plug the grill in and turn it on to test it
Electric Grill With Functional Knob
The thermostat should be behind the temperature control knob.


So you’re having trouble with an electric grill that won’t heat up. That means no sausages, hot dogs, or grilled patties this weekend. Or does it? This article has mentioned 4 things that you can do to fix an electric grill that won’t heat up. I’m sure that these tips have helped you get your grill on the mend ready for the next awesome cook-up.

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