This repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing an igniter electrode on a gas grill. The electrode provides the spark to the burner to ignite the gas. If the burner won't light, first clean and align the electrode. If the problem persists, replace the igniter electrode with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.
Follow the steps in this repair guide and video to replace an igniter electrode in common Kenmore, BBQ-Pro, Charbroil, Nexgrill and Brinkman gas grills.
15 minutes or less
15 minutes or less
Replacing an igniter electrode on a gas grill
This video shows how to replace the igniter electrode on a gas grill.
Shut off the gas supply
Close the shut-off valve on the propane gas tank.
Tip: Arrows on the tank knob show which way to turn it to open and close the valve.
Remove the cooking grate and flame tamer
Pull off the cooking grate and remove the flame tamer located above the igniter electrode.
Remove the cooking grate.
Remove the igniter electrode
Remove the igniter mounting screw and pull the igniter electrode out of the firebox.
Disconnect the igniter electrode wire harness.
Remove the igniter electrode.
Remove the mounting screw that holds the igniter electrode in place.
Disconnect the igniter wire.
Install the new igniter electrode
Thread the new igniter electrode through the firebox opening.
Line up the mounting hole and install the mounting screw.
Plug the igniter electrode wire harness into the igniter module.
Reinstall the cooking grates and flame tamers
Place the flame tamer on top of the burners.
Reinstall the cooking grate.
Restore the gas supply
Open the valve on the propane gas tank.
Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.