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Gas grill checkup

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ATLANTA (ANGIE'S LIST) -

Deidra Pettinga knows first-hand that with proper maintenance and care, a grill can give you years of great use.

"That grill is going on 20 years old and we are keeping it like new," she said.

To do so, you should have your grill cleaned and inspected every year.

Repairman Aaron Nelson said clogged and greasy burners are common problems he's seen.

"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," Nelson said.

The ceramic briquettes also need replaced if they become brittle or break in your hand. And if your grill is hard to light, check the venturi tubes.

"People wonder why there are screens on a venturi tube, and it's to keep spiders out. This is a huge thing that can affect the performance of the grill is spiders can get inside these venturi tubes and create cobwebs and really affect the flow of the gas, in turn the flame," Nelson explained.

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 grates while they're still warm. And each time before you cook, you should brush on some olive oil.

When not in use, covering your grill is the easiest thing you can do to extend its life. And 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 people are you typically cooking for," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List.

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

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