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Kenmore Elite Grill (16686) infrared side burner not working properly

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 15th, 2012

I love my Kenmore Grill! However, recently the infrared side burner stopped working properly. All other burners work just fine.


I can light infrared side burner as usual, but once I release the control knob (You must hold it in to start any burner on the grill) the flame immediately goes out. Regardless of what setting I hold the knob, there's no gas. If I constantly hold the knob in, it works through all temperature settings. I’ve seared steaks and chicken the last week standing there and holding the knob in….this wears me out :-)


What can I do to fix this or must I buy an entirely new Gas valve at $243? (Part Number: Y0060180).


I’m not afraid to take things apart, but I thought I’d start with this forum before dismantling my entire grill.


Thanx in advance!!


T

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LORRAINE EVANS
141-17678801, Kenmore Elite. Thanks, Mark
by LORRAINE EVANS
April 15th, 2012
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Mark T
Lori,

I am sorry the information posted previously was not helpful. Please reply below with the complete model number off your grill. I will be sure the information is correct for your model.

I hope to hear from you. Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T
April 14th, 2012
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LORRAINE EVANS
The grill I have is the one that connects directly to the natural gas line, not to a tank. Anybody know how I remove the thermocouple to replace it?
by LORRAINE EVANS
April 13th, 2012
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The thermocouple was indeed the issue. Even though I had the part last fall, I only got around to replacing it this last weekend. IT WORKS LIKE A CHARM NOW!! The process of replacing it wasn't easy though, but that's because I'm a big guy (6'3" 240lbs). You have to get to the thermocouple from underneath, where the LP gas tank goes. I placed a kneeling pad on the corner and laid on it looking up, directly under the side burner. You need to disconnect each end of the thermocouple (mine were quite corroded and took needle-nosed ViseGrips to remove). It took me all of 45 minutes and I had my burner back!! Good luck!
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April 13th, 2012
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How do I get to the thermocouple to put the new one in?
by LORRAINE EVANS
April 13th, 2012
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@Glen, It may very well be the same problem on yours. P05305018A is the thermocouple for your grill. Try moving the electrode and thermocouple around a small amount to see if anything changes, if it does not then replace the thermocouple.
by Manage My Life
August 4th, 2011
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I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY N/G GRILL MDL# 141 17678. DO YOU THIINK IT'S THE SAME PROBLEM???/
by Manage My Life
August 3rd, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thank you! We're always happy to help. Have a great weekend!
by Manage My Life
May 14th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thank you! I just ordered the part from Sears. You likely saved me a day of grill parts spread all over my deck! Awesome service you have here!!
by Manage My Life
May 14th, 2011
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The thermocouple has likely failed. This device dictates what the heat is and will turn the gas on to the burner once the "pilot" has gotten hot enough. Normally I would say tinker with it to try and move it closer as it just may not be "reading" the heat. But if you cooked holding the button down, at some point it should have gotten hot enough.

It is part number P05305002A. You may go

HERE

to order it. Also, if you click that link and put in the full model number you can see the thermocouple on the grill, it's key number A9.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!
by Manage My Life
May 14th, 2011
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Thank you. I tried the method in the first link to no avail. I suspect I have a bad gas control mechanism at that burner, so I also suspect I’ll have to try something radical.

Since I’d need to pull apart the entire grill to replace the gas valve manifold thingy anyway, I think I’ll just swap the two infrared burner controls. I rarely use the in-grill infrared upper-burner, so I’ll swap that control out for the infrared side-burner control.

I’ll still have a bad/broken control for the in-grill infrared burner, but at least I’ll get the infrared side-burner working properly again, which I use virtually every time I grill.

AND, perhaps when I have it all apart, I’ll figure out what is wrong with it.

Unless someone else chimes in with a better idea, this is my next course of action…when I find an entire day to dismantle this monster :-)
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May 13th, 2011
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A have seen many die hard barbeque chefs but you may win the perseverance prize. I can see this is not something you want to keep interfering with your summer outdoor barbeques. While you wait for the expert to review and respond, you can check two other links below for additional help if you wish. The first link is to a previous expert post for a similar question and the second link is to the owner's manual. Hope some of this information helps.
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May 12th, 2011
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