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Angie's List Report: Summer Grill Maintenance

In this Angie's List Report, what you should check before heading outside with the burgers and brats.
Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the start of the grilling season. If it's been awhile since you fired up your grill, a checkup may be in order.

In this Angie's List Report, what you should check before heading outside with the burgers and brats.

Your grill is an appliance and with proper maintenance and care, it can give you years of great use. Aaron Nelson says a common problem he sees is clogged or greasy burners.

"What can happen to burners is they can corrode over time. They are being heated up so much and cooled down that the burner can rust and corrode. Most burners can last five to eight years, but eventually they need replacement like a lot of parts on the grill," says Aaron Nelson, a grill repairman.

A greasy grill also poses a fire risk. Once you've pulled the food from the grill, allow any excess food to burn off and clean the grill while it's still warm. And each time before you cook, Nelson says brush some olive oil on the grids

"This is brush that can get in between the cooking grids and this is a brush that can get on top of the cooking grids," says Nelson.

When not in use, covering your grill is the easiest and best thing you can do to extend its life by protecting it from the elements.

If you're in the market for a new grill, remember the more complex the grill, the higher the cost to repair.

"Before you head out to buy a grill be sure to assess what you actually need. How big is your family? How many are you cooking for? You only want to get the accessories that you will actually use because you'll end up buying some really fancy grill and you want use those things and it might lead to larger repair bills down the road," says Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks.

Gas grills should be serviced at least once a year; twice a year if you're a heavy grill user – cost can start around $75 and go up depending on the make and model.

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