How to Replace a Gas Grill Igniter Electrode


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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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Igniter electrode

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

Replacing a Gas Grill Igniter Electrode

Step 1: 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.

Shut off the gas.

Step 2: Remove the cooking grate and flame tamer

Pull off the cooking grate and remove the flame tamer located above the igniter electrode.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Reinstall the cooking grates and flame tamers

Place the flame tamer on top of the burners.

Reinstall the cooking grate.

Step 6: Restore the gas supply

Open the valve on the propane gas tank.