Ask Pete: Grill Like a Pro: Expert Natural Gas Hookup Tips

Hello homeowners of Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona! With the summer in full swing, there’s nothing quite like the mouthwatering smell of a backyard barbeque. But did you know that you can enhance this experience with a natural gas grill? Yes, indeed! Today, our expert plumber Pete is here to guide you through the process of hooking up your grill to your home’s natural gas supply.

Understanding Natural Gas Grills: 

Natural gas grills offer several advantages over traditional charcoal or propane grills. They’re cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and provide a consistent heat source, making your grilling experience more enjoyable. However, a natural gas hookup for your grill involves some plumbing work, so it’s crucial to understand the process and safety measures.

How to Hook Up Your Natural Gas Grill:

Safety First! Natural gas is flammable, and a mishandled hookup can lead to leaks. If you’re unsure about the process, it’s best to hire a professional plumber.

Buy the Right Equipment: If your grill didn’t come with a natural gas conversion kit, you would need to purchase one. The kit should include a gas hose, quick-disconnect gas fittings, and a propane-to-natural gas regulator.

Find Your Gas Supply: Locate the gas supply line in your house. It’s usually outside and close to your home’s main gas meter.

Turn Off the Gas: Before you start, make sure to turn off the gas supply for safety.

Connect the Grill: Follow the instructions on your conversion kit to connect your grill to the gas supply line. This usually involves attaching the gas hose and fitting the quick-disconnect gas fittings.

Check for Leaks: Once you’ve connected everything, it’s time to check for leaks. Turn on the gas supply and apply a soapy water solution to the connection points. If you see bubbles forming, you have a leak. Turn off the gas and tighten the connections.

Maintenance Tips for Natural Gas Grills:

  • Clean Regularly: Keep your grill clean to ensure efficient performance and longevity.
  • Check for Leaks: Regularly check for leaks using the soapy water test.
  • Cover Your Grill: When not in use, protect your grill with a cover to prevent damage from weather conditions.

When to Call a Plumber: 

Although hooking up a natural gas grill might seem like a simple DIY project, it’s always safer to have a professional handle it. A licensed plumber can ensure the hookup is done correctly, efficiently, and safely, giving you peace of mind and a grill ready for summer cookouts.

Imagine your summer filled with perfectly grilled steaks, burgers, and veggies, all thanks to your natural gas grill. By understanding the basics and prioritizing safety, you can enjoy the convenience and consistency of a natural gas hookup for your grill. For all your plumbing needs in the East Valley, we are just a call away at 480-388-6093

Happy grilling, homeowners! Let’s make this a summer to remember.