When you step outside the grill some food, you expect your grill to work properly. Therefore, it can be frustrating if your grill is not working as it should. When you turn the dial, you expect to hear the grill click. Then, you expect the flames to light up. When this doesn’t happen, you might be wondering what the problem is.

There are several common reasons why your grill is clicking. For example, there could be a problem with the propane tank or the hose. There could also be a problem with the spark module, the battery, or even some corrosion. Ultimately, all of these could be serious problems that require repair.

Because there are so many possible reasons why your grill is clicking, you may be wondering how you can go through these issues. We have done a lot of research for you to help make this process easier. Take a look at a few of the possible reasons below, and figure out why your grill is still clicking.

Are you ready to figure out what is wrong with your grill? If so, take a look at the list below, and see if any of them describe the problem with your grill! 

Figure Out if the Problem Is a Gas Problem or a Spark Problem

Ultimately, there are a lot of potential reasons why your grill might be clicking and not lighting. The vast majority of these problems are going to fall into one of two categories. The first potential problem is that something is wrong with the gas supply. If there is no gas flowing to the grill, the grill is not going to light. 

Second, there could also be a spark problem. What this means is that there is gas going to the grill, but there is no spark to light the gas. Therefore, the grill is not going to ignite as it should.

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to sort through these possible problems. What you need to do is open up the supply to the gas tank. Then, take a long match, strike it, and drop it in the grill. If the grill lights as it should, then you know the gas is flowing appropriately. Therefore, you have a problem with the spark system. If you light the match and the grill still does not light, there is a problem with the gas supply. 

After you have figured out whether you are dealing with a gas problem or a spark problem, you should be able to figure out what is wrong with the grill. Take a look at a few possible reasons below. 

The Propane Tank Is Not Hooked Up or Opened

This is one of the most common reasons why you might be hearing the grill click without it lighting. If the propane tank is not properly hooked up or open, then there is no gas flowing to the grill. As a result, it is not going to light.

Take a look at the propane tank and make sure it is properly hooked up to the grill. There should be a hose flowing between the propane tank and the grill. Then, take a look at the dial and make sure it has been opened appropriately. Usually, you have to turn the propane tank dial to the left to open it. If you are having a difficult time getting it open, then you may want to use a wrench to help you. 

Of course, you should also make sure there is still gas in the tank. Propane tanks can still be heavy even when they are empty. Therefore, take a close look at the tank and make sure there is still gas inside. 

grill with a tank properly connected
Make sure the propane tank is connected to the grill… and that it still has gas inside!

The Hose Is Kinked

If you are certain that the propane tank still has gas in it and it is open, then you need to take a look at the hose as well. If there is something wrong with the hose, this is a gas supply problem. The hose is responsible for taking gas from the propane tank to the grill. If the hose has gotten kinked or clogged, then no gas will flow to the grill.

Look for any signs of objects that have been placed on top of the hose. If there are any objects obstructing the flow of gas through the hose, these objects have to be removed. You should also make sure the hose is not clogged.

You may want to disconnect the hose from the propane tank, put it in a solution of warm, soapy water, and allow the debris to fall off the hose. You may also want to use a pipe cleaner to make sure the inside of the hose is clean. 

The Spark Module Is Busted

This potential issue is a spark problem. There is a specific spark module that is responsible for generating sparks. These sparks are responsible for igniting the gas when it flows to the grill. Similar to other mechanical parts, the spark module can degrade from time to time.

If there is something wrong with the spark module, you may need to replace it. You should take a look at the manual to figure out what type of spark module the grill uses. Then, you may need to order a replacement.

Even though you might think this is something you can do on your own, it is usually better to leave this to the professionals. That way, you don’t have to worry about shocking yourself or burning yourself as you try to fix the spark module. 

The Igniter Is Blocked

Another potential spark problem has to do with the igniter. The igniter is responsible for combusting the gas when it flows to the grill. If the igniter has been blocked, the grill is not going to be able to light up the gas.

There are a number of possible reasons why the igniter might be blocked. The most common reason why this critical component is blocked is that there is a lot of food debris stuck on the igniter. When you grill food, fat and grease are going to drip onto the inside of the grill. In some cases, this could land on the igniter, blocking it. 

You need to make sure you clean the grill every time you use it. This means you have to remove the grates, use a solution, and clean the entire inside. This includes the igniter. As long as you clean the grill regularly, you should not have to worry about this problem. 

The Battery Is Dead

Another possible spark problem is that something is wrong with the battery. Similar to a car, the battery is responsible for getting the grill going. If there is a problem with the battery, the spark module is not going to work properly. If there is no power available for the spark module, the gas is not going to be ignited. 

You need to take a look at the battery and make sure it is working properly. You might need to have a multimeter to help you measure the strength of the battery. If the battery is dead, you have to replace it. You should take a look at the manual to see what type of battery your grill uses. That way, you can replace it with the right model. After you replace the battery, test the spark module to make sure it is working properly. 

Replacing Spark Module From a Grill
You also need to test the spark module, because if it isn’t sending voltage to one or more burners, you need to replace it.

A Wire Is Loose in the Grill

Finally, there could also be a problem with one of the wires in the grill. There are a lot of electrical components in your grill even if it uses gas. Therefore, there are a lot of wires that connect these components as well. If there is a wire that is loose, your grill is not going to be able to light properly.

It can be difficult to take a look at the individual wires of your grill. That is why you should reach out to a professional who can do this for you. A professional will be able to let you know if there is something wrong with one of the wires. Then, you can replace them if that is required.

Can I Use My Grill Without an Igniter or Spark Module?

You might be wondering if you can use your grill even if the igniter or spark module is not working properly. You can still use your grill as long as you have matches. As long as you have gas going to the grill, you can light the gas yourself using a match.

This is usually not recommended because it is more dangerous. When you drop a match into the grill, the gas is going to light immediately. Therefore, you run the risk of burning yourself. If there is something wrong with the igniter or the spark module, this is meant to be a temporary solution, not a permanent one. Make sure you rely on a professional who can help you figure out what is wrong with the internal components of your grill. 

Figure Out Why the Grill Keeps Clicking

Ultimately, these are just a few of the many reasons why your grill might be clicking. It can be frustrating if you hear your grill clicking but the gas is not lighting. The first thing you have to do is figure out whether you are dealing with a gas supply problem or a spark problem. That way, you can figure out what the problem might be.

A lot of these problems you should be able to figure out on your own. There are some situations where you might have to ask a professional to help you. The most important thing you should remember is that you always need to put safety first. If you ever feel uncomfortable dealing with a certain part of your grill, you should reach out to a professional who can help you. That way, you can reduce your chances of getting hurt.