Finally, it’s Friday and you’re excited to start your weekend off right! You’ve invited family over for a small dinner party. Then you go to ignite your Lynx grill to preheat it and you discover it’s not getting above 300 degrees, or maybe it didn’t light at all. Don’t panic! Before you call your local BBQ Grill Repair company; read this! You will be amazed how often this simple procedure will fix your ignition issues.
• How Lynx BBQ Grill Regulators Work
• The Proper Lynx Grill Ignition Sequence
• The 2 Lynx Grill Ignition Systems
• The Only Possible Way A User Can Trip A Lynx Regulator
• The Lynx Grill Regulator Reset
How Lynx BBQ Grill Regulators Work
All BBQ Gas grills have regulators and they do what the name implies – regulate Propane. Regulators have a safety mechanism inside of them called a bypass. Take a look at the bypass system image. You can see it’s in a locked position. This is what it looks like when the safety mechanism has tripped. A leak can cause this, but most of the time we find it’s because the user used the improper ignition process; all though, sometimes it’s simply a random occurrence.
The Proper Lynx Grill Ignition Sequence
A General Understanding
Before we get to the finer points, I would like us to establish a general understanding of the Lynx Grill ignition system. At Grill Tanks Plus, Lynx is our favorite grill; for many reasons. One reason is Lynx BBQ Grill repairs are always a pleasure when dealing with a world class organization like Lynx. Their service department is incredibly responsive. Most on point, however, is the brilliant ignition system design that comes standard in their Grills. The system greatly helps to decrease user error. Let me explain.
* We always recommend you turn your propane tank off when done cooking and performing your 5 to 10 minute burn off. Therefore, the following sequences all assume you are beginning from the all-off positions.
The Traditional “NOT LYNX” Ignition System
When most people think about igniting a BBQ Grill they think of a 3 step process that looks like this:
*** Everything must be off to start – the propane tank and burners.
1. Turn on your propane tank.
2. Now, you can turn the burners on.
3. Push the Ignite button.
If you are familiar with how LYNX Grills work, you are probably having a good chuckle about the 3 images above because it doesn’t apply to LYNX at all! But that’s the point. Non-Lynx owners would see nothing wrong in those images. Hence, most people think of a 3 step process. This would, however, be the correct sequence for COMMON Grills.
The LYNX BBQ Grill Ignition Sequence
* It is important to note that there are 2 LYNX Grill ignition sequences in homes all around the world. I will cover both.
It’s not that there aren’t 3 steps to the LYNX ignition system; it’s that they have consolidated 2 of the steps into one fluid movement. In other words, there is no separation between turning burners on and igniting them. Have a look at the image below.
The image is showing that you must push the knob and turn it = One fluid step.
The reason why this system greatly decreases the likelihood of user error is that you can’t turn the burners on before igniting like you can with standard grills, because with Lynx Grills both things happen simultaneously. With a LYNX Grill, either the Propane is turned on, and when you begin your ignition sequence the grill ignites; or it’s not on and nothing happens.
With normal grills you can turn your burners on 1st, then your propane, and then ignite; which is what causes the low line pressure in the hose, therefore, tripping the regulator bypass. The reason why the pressure in the hose dropped is that the user turned the burners on while the tank was off, therefore, allowing the propane to escape the hose/line and drop the pressure. In standard types of grills you must turn on the tank, then burners, then ignite.
The 2 Lynx Grill Ignition Systems
There are two different ignition systems for Lynx Grills and it depends on the year the grill was made. Grills made before the year 2010 had a similar system but the sequence was slightly different. Lynx Grills did and still does offer a retrofit. Therefore, you may have a Lynx Grill as old as 2007 that has the 2010 system.
* For general inquiries about how you might get your retrofit kit call Lynx customer support.
Pre 2007 Ignition System
With the pre-2007 system “The Spark Ignitor System,” users had to push in the knob, turn it to the light position, and hold for 5 to 6 seconds. The way it worked was that upon pushing the knob the ignitor electrodes would begin arching, while the turning of the knob allowed the gas to flow.
Post 2007 Ignition System
Now, while the difference is subtle it’s very imported to get right. In the post-2007 system, “the Glow Ignitor system,” the user is to push straight in the control knob, and hold for 5 to 6 seconds. Then one can turn the control knob to light.
The Only Possible Way A User Can Trip A Lynx Regulator
As I have mentioned before the Lynx Ignition System greatly decreases user error, but it does not eliminate the potential. One way it can happen is if the user believes the Propane Tank is already on and executes the ignition sequence only to discover the tank is not on. At this point, the user would have to leave the burner knob in its final position and turn the tank on. This would result in the bypass being triggered because the system would think a leak has sprung because having turned the burners on, the propane escapes and line pressure drops. However, at Grill Tanks Plus we rarely get calls about Lynx Grill regulator issues that were apparently caused by such an error. If we do get any calls related to regulators, they have to do with common wear and tear over time.
The Lynx Grill Regulator Reset
1. Turn off the gas at the propane tank.
2. Disconnect the hose from the propane tank.
3. Open the lid of your BBQ Grill.
4. Turn all the burner valves to high.
5. Wait for 2 minutes.
6. Turn off all the burner valves.
7. Connect the gas line back up to the propane tank.
8. Turn the gas on slowly on the propane tank.
9. Light the grill using your normal lighting procedures.
If this solution availed no result, it’s time to call your local BBQ Grill Repair Company. There are numerous other more advanced issues that can occur. For instance, you may have a blockage in the Venturis Tubes. A blockage like this is caused by char/grease build up. You can decrease the likely hood of this ever happening by being sure to have a BBQ Grill Cleaning done regularly.