(WDEF) If you grill out year round, you may want to get your grill professionally cleaned and inspected each year.
Deidre Pettinga is a homeowner. She said, "The gas grill that's here belonged to the former owners. We've been here 12 years and they were here maybe five years before that so that grill is going on 20 years old and we are keeping it like new."
Your grill is an appliance and with proper maintenance and care, it can give you years of great use.
Aaron Nelson works as a grill repairman. He said, "What can happen to burners is they can corrode over time. 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."
The ceramic briquettes also need replaced if they become brittle or break in your hand.
If your grill is hard to light, check the venturi tubes.
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 while it's still warm.
Also, each time before you cook, Nelson says brush some olive oil on the grids. He said, "This is brush that can get in between the cooking grids and this is a brush that can get on top of the cooking grids."
When not in use, covering your grill is the easiest and best thing you can do to extend its life by protecting it from the elements.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Before you head out to buy a grill be sure to assess what you actually need. How big is your family? How many are you cooking for? You only want to get the accessories that you will actually use because you'll end up buying some really fancy grill and you want use those things and it might lead to larger repair bills down the road."
Gas grills should be serviced at least once a year; twice a year if you're a heavy grill user - cost can start around $75 and go up depending on the make and model.