Ever Wondered How Long Gas Grills Last? (& Tips on Making Yours Last Longer)

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So you’re about to buy your dream gas grill. But before you shell out all your hard-earned money, you want to know how long you can expect your gas grill to last. You’ve come to the right place!

In this TheGrillingDad.com guide, you will learn:

  • How long gas grills last
  • How to prolong the life of your gas grill
  • And much more!
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How Long Do Gas Grills Last?

Gas grills aren’t cheap, and if you are getting one with all the bells and whistles that you have fallen in love with, it can be helpful to know when you should expect to be parted from your gas grill. 

If cared for properly and used semi-regularly, the average gas grill will last for 5-15 years. But for those who are rougher on their gas grill or use it every day, you may only get 3-5 years out of your gas grill, depending on how you treat it. 

Either way, don’t be disheartened, as there are some easy ways to prolong the life of your favorite grill. Read on to learn more about them so you can enjoy your new favorite grill for as long as possible. 

What Affects How Long Your Gas Grill Lasts?

As you can see, 5-15 years is a long range of time you can expect to get out of your gas grill. But how do you know how long your specific grill should last?

The Price You Paid

Well, generally, the more you pay upfront, the higher the quality grill you will be buying. If you are buying an expensive grill for around $2000, you should definitely expect this grill to be at the higher end of the 5-15 year range. 

If you are going cheap, however, and looking for a gas grill under $200, we highly expect you will be looking for another gas in 5-7 years. You get what you pay for, it’s as simple as that. 

What Temp You Cook At

But there is one other factor that affects how long your grill will last, and this is the temperatures you regularly use to grill. Grills that are used on high temps regularly will naturally burn out before those used for lower temperatures. 

So if you know in advance you want to use your gas grill to cook at high temperatures, then you are better off purchasing a higher-quality grill as it will last you longer. 

The Amount of Fatty Meats You Cook

Everyone loves a good, fatty cut of brisket. But did you know cooking these cuts of meat regularly can put more wear and tear on your grill?

This is because the more fatty meat you cook, the more grease drips down, and the higher chance you have of grease fires in your grill. While not every grease fire may be large enough to note, the more frequently they occur (even if small), the more this degrades your grill and will result in parts needing to be replaced. 

Obviously, we aren’t suggesting you never cook anything fatty on your grill, we are just letting you know that you can’t expect a cheap grill to last 15 years when you are making a brisket every weekend!

How to Make Your Gas Grill Last Longer

Unless you are looking for an excuse to purchase a new grill every 3 years, below are some tips to help your gas grill to last as long as possible. 

Store Your Grill In the Garage

While it might seem easy to set up your gas grill on the back porch and leave it there for all eternity, this really isn’t that great for your grill. Some grills are built to survive some adverse weather, but the average gas grill is not built to withstand rain every day or massive snowstorms.

If possible, store your grill in the garage when not in use. If you use it every day during the summer (and summer is mild where you live), then leaving it outside during the summer season is probably okay as long as you wheel it in when it begins to rain. 

For those who absolutely don’t have a choice, such as those with a gas grill on their balcony, purchasing a cover for your gas grill can go a long way towards helping your grill last for years to come. 

Clean Your Grill

If you want your grill to last a long time, you absolutely must clean it. Otherwise, you may notice that food begins to build up and break down the materials on the grill. 

The best practice is to clean your grill after every use with a grill brush and scraper to get any of the food left off the grill. Besides just cleaning after every use, your grill should be deep cleaned regularly. For people who use the grill once per week, a deep cleaning once at the beginning and end of the summer season is sufficient. 

If you are an avid griller using your gas grill every day, then we recommend performing a deep cleaning at least once a month. Beyond just prolonging the life of your grill, this will also ensure you are operating it safely. 

Something unique to gas grill owners is that you should also frequently check your grill for gas leaks. A gas leak can both damage your grill and cause danger to the person who operates it, so checking for this as you clean your grill each season can help you stop a disaster before it happens. 

Upgrade/Replace Parts

Unfortunately, sometimes certain parts of the grill die before others. For example, on a gas grill, your ignition switch could die far before the grill becomes unusable.

When this happens, replace the faulty parts as soon as possible and don’t use the grill with the faulty part as this could cause damage to the grill. Chances are if you replace a part or two, you can keep your favorite grill going for at least a few extra years! 

One mistake many people make is when the grate starts to rust, they toss out the grill. In most grills, the grate is replaceable. Not only is it replaceable, but this is a great time to upgrade and get a porcelain-finished grate that won’t rust. 

Upgrading parts of your grill like the grate are acceptable at any time, and if you purchase a quality part will always extend the life of your grill. 

Final Thoughts on How Long Do Gas Grills Last?

Overall, you can expect any decent, quality gas grill to last 5-15 years when you care for it properly. Caring for a gas grill properly includes cleaning it, storing it inside, and upgrading and replacing parts when they break.

Of course, even if you try your best, you may find that your gas grill breaks right at the 5-year mark. Don’t despair, as now this just means you have a great opportunity to purchase a new gas grill with cool new features! 

Hope Davis

Hope Davis

Born in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of 5 children, I learned at a young age that the grill was one of the best ways to prepare food for a crowd. And during the winter storm months, when the snow was likely to knock out the power to our house, the propane grill was a lifesaver! You wouldn’t believe the number of things you can cook on a grill when necessary. With parents who couldn’t tell salt from pepper unless you told them, I spent my late teen years making my own seasoning mixes and marinades to dress the meat before barbecues. It wasn’t long before I developed a secret marinade that people still beg me to make for them today! When I was 21 years old I bought my first smoker. Picked up some cedar chips for making a cedar plank salmon...and well, the rest they say is history! I’ve been grilling and smoking all kinds of creations ever since and I’m always excited to share my passion with others through my favorite medium--writing!

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