How to Replace Igniter on Weber Gas Grills

Nothing beats using a gas grill to make a quick, delicious dinner! However, when the electric igniter no longer works, you may be tempted to throw up your hands and buy a new grill (or cook inside forever more.) WHOA! Before you go to extremes, I will show you how easy it is to replace a grill igniter.

A. There are a few things to check before you consider getting a replacement igniter kit.It is a quick and easy fix!

  1. WILL THE GRILL LIGHT MANUALLY? Try lighting the grill manually with a lighter or match. If it will light, then you can be certain that the issue is most likely related to the igniter.
  2. DOES THE GRILL GET HOT? Make sure the grill will reach it's proper temperature range when lit manually. If it is running colder than normal, it could be a gas flow issue. 
  3. ARE THE BURNERS CLEAN? Make sure the burner tubes are clean and in good shape near where the electrode sparks. Click here for info on cleaning burner tubes.
  4. ARE THE IGNITER ELECTRODES IN THE RIGHT SPOT? Confirm that the igniter electrodes are secure and positioned correctly. It is important that the electrodes are in the right place for the burners to light properly. Please check your grills owner's manual for model specific igniter information. This doesn't apply to Summit gas models made from 2007 until present because they have a unique snap-jet igniter system.
  5. DOES THE IGNITER MAKE A CLICKING NOISE? Make sure that the igniter is making a clicking noise when you press the igniter button. If it doesn't click, then the wires may not be connected properly, the battery may be dead or installed incorrectly, or the igniter module may have failed. This doesn't apply to Summit gas models made from 2007 until present because they have a unique snap-jet igniter system.
  6. HAVE YOU TRIED REPLACING THE BATTERY? Many models have a battery in the igniter module. If your model is one of these, you'll want to try changing the battery. Also, make sure the battery is installed correctly. If you have a brand new grill, make sure that you removed the protective plastic from the battery. Click here for information about battery powered igniters. This doesn't apply to Summit gas models made from 2007 until present because they have a unique snap-jet igniter system.
  7. ARE THE WIRES PLUGGED IN? Inspect the ignition system to make sure that all of the wires are properly connected. Unplugging the wires and re-inserting them into the correct locations may solve the problem. This doesn't apply to Summit gas models made from 2007 until present because they have a unique snap-jet igniter system.
  8. DID IT JUST RAIN OR IS IT REALLY HUMID OUT? If it has just rained, or if the humidity very high, it can interfere with the igniter electrodes ability to generate a strong spark. Manually lighting the grill to dry it out should restore the ability of the ignition system to work properly.

After confirm that a replacement igniter is necessary, click here to find the correct weber igniter kit for your grill.

B.Follow the next steps to replace the igniter on weber gas grill.
  1. Lift off the igniter button cover to expose the battery.
  2. Pull out the AA battery. Replace with a brand new AA battery and replace the cover. Check to see if your grill will light. If yes, great! If no, keep reading.
  3. Put on your rubber gloves and remove the cooking grates and place them on newspaper or plastic to protect the surface from grease.
  4. Remove the heat deflectors.
  5. Remove the igniter retention nut by turning it counter-clockwise.
  6. Set the retention nut aside where you will not lose it.
  7. Remove the screws for the wind deflector that are underneath the control panel. There are two screws that need to be removed, one on the far right and one on the far left.
  8. Remove the wind deflector. Youwill need to tilt the back of it down and then slide it out toward the back to remove.
  9. Remove the igniter module by reaching underneath the control panel and gently lowering module.
  10. There are wires connected to the back of the igniter module. Make a note of where each wire goes so you will be able to connect the new module properly when the time comes. Let the module hang to the side while you remove the control panel.
  11. Remove the screws underneath the control panel that are holding it on. These are inside a bracket just above the door hinge.
  12. Unplug the wires from the back of the igniter module.
  13. Remove the control knobs on the front of the control panel by firmly lifting them straight off.
  14. Remove all three control knobs from the control panel.
  15. Lift the control panel off the grill and set aside.
  16. Remove the igniter wires from the wire clips.
  17. Remove the two screws on either side of the manifold that hold the heat shield in place.
  18. lift the heat shield up and set it aside.
  19. Remove the old ceramic igniter assemblies from each burner.
  20. Replace with the new ceramic igniter assembly (pay attention to the length of the wires, installing the longest wire igniter on the right side.) Make sure you hear an audible click when inserting the assembly onto the burner tube.
  21. Replace the heat shield and screws you removed
  22. Gently press the wires into the clips on the heat shield.
  23. Plug the igniter wires into the igniter module.
  24. Replace the control panel.
  25. Replace the screws to secure the control panel.
  26. Replace all three control knobs.
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  28. Lift the igniter module back in place.
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  30. Reattach the igniter button retention nut to hold the module in place.
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  32. Insert a brand new AA battery.
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  34. Replace the igniter button cover.
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  36. Replace the wind deflector and the screws to hold it in place.
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  38. Replace the heat deflectors and the grates.
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  40. Fire up that grill to make sure it lights. Then make some amazing grilled corn pesto pizza. . .

Et voila, the work has been done now :)

Happy grilling!

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