How to Fix an Electronic Ignition on a Char-Broil Grill

The electronic ignition on a Charbroil grill allows you to light the grill without matches with the push of a button. After a few seasons, you may notice the grill not lighting consistently or not lighting at all. This may indicate that there is a problem with the grill's electronic ignition. By testing the grill's ignitor and following some basic techniques, you should be able to have your Charbroil electronic ignitor lighting the grill in no time.

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A working ignitor will get you grilling with less fuss.

Test Electronic Ignition

Step 1

Ensure there is propane in the tank. Check to make sure the regulator is attached properly and the connection is tight. Use a match to light the grill. After the grill is lighted, turn it off.

Step 2

Inspect the electronic ignition unit. Push the ignitor while inspecting the tip of the electronic ignition's electrode.

Step 3

If you see a blue light when testing the ignitor, make sure the tip of the electrode is 1/4 inch from the port opening of the burner. Clean the tip of the electrode with alcohol and try to light the grill. If this does not work, contact Charbroil Customer Support or purchase a new electronic grill ignition kit. A link to the Charbroil website is in the Resource section.

If You Don't See a Blue Light when Testing the Ignitor

Step 4

Remove the ignition button and battery.

Step 5

If rust is visible in the battery compartment, clean away the rust by spraying WD-40 or a similar water-displacing spray on a cotton swab and rub the base of the compartment to remove the rust. Replace the battery and ignition button and try to light the grill.

Step 6

Locate the ignition wire and make sure it's not touching metal. Reposition the wire if necessary and try to light the grill.

Step 7

Make sure the tip of the ignitor's electrode is 1/4 inch from the port opening of the burner. Clean the tip of the electrode with alcohol and try to light the grill. If this does not work, contact Charbroil Customer Support or purchase a new electronic grill ignition kit. A link to the Charbroil website is in the Resource section.