Lynx Grill Repair - How do I find my parts?
Why is my serial number important?
On some grills, you need more than a model number to determine the grill parts for your bbq. It is important to have not only your model number but your serial number as well. The serial number is an important tool to accurately finding the right parts for your grill.
Finding replacement parts for a gas grill is similar to finding parts for a car. For example, a Honda Civic has had that same model for decades yet the parts are very different over the years as the model gets design updates and modifications. This also holds true for Lynx Grills and many other brands including Viking Grills, Alfresco Grills and most other grills in the marketplace. It can sometimes be a bit harder with imported grills as we do not have access to the manufacturer's serial number database. Therefore, we are left to rely on dimension and shape of the parts. Often not all parts are available on imported grills as well.
Lynx has kept their model numbers the same, i.e.; L27, L30, L42, L54 and so on yet, when they have made design and engineering modifications, this includes the size and shape of how the parts and how they will fit in the firebox. The main difference though with the auto industry and the gas grill industry is that cars use years to identify the parts you need and gas grills will have an identifier in their serial number.
For example, the ignition is one of the parts that has changed considerably over the years. From a rotary igniter to battery spark generators to electronic glow igniters, knowing your serial number will allow you to know exactly which parts will work on your grill.
Where is my serial number located?
There are essentially four places you can locate your serial number in a Lynx Grill.
1. Your owner's manual
2. Underneath the drip tray (You may not see it if the grill is old or the sticker on the drip tray has faded or disintegrated)
3. If you have a freestanding model, you will look inside the doors.
4. Behind the control panel. Remove the knobs and then take off the control panel.
How do I find my parts once I have located my serial number?
Lynx creates a new "series" when they make product updates. The grill series is located within your serial number. It is the either the third digit (in the premier LBQ model grills) or third letter (in the Professional "L" model grills)
For example 21E55555555. In this serial number your series is E. Though, this series is the only series in the Lynx Grill line that falls into two categories (Premier and Professional). In this situation, once you identify your in the "E" series, your model number will determine whether you have a Premier (0,1 and E) or Professional Grill (E, F & G, H, J, K, L, M, N & P, Q).
Once we have established the series of your grill, locating the correct parts will be very easy.
Some parts that have changed over the years is the Prosear Burner, the shapes and dimensions of the briquette tray and how they seat in the firebox, the ignition, the warming racks and others.
See the diagram below to determine where different parts are located on your grill.
Igniter Battery Replacement
How do I know when it's time to replace my parts?
Just because your cooking grates are dirty or you have grease build up on your ceramic briquettes doesn't mean that you need to replace them. The stainless trays that hold the briquettes often take the worst beating. We find these are the most frequently replaced part. This is because they are exposed to direct flames and grease.
Often the build up of drippings on your ceramic briquettes are what provides added flavor when cooking your food. The flames from the burner heat these drippings and vaporize and infuse flavor into your food.
Approximately two times a year we recommend a really good cleaning to your grill. Be sure your grill has sufficiently cooled off before removing any internal parts. A thorough cleaning consists of taking out all the internal parts of your grill ie; cooking grates, briquette trays, burners etc. Spraying a good grill degreaser on these parts and letting them soak. Then take a brass bristle brush to clean them. If you have a brass burner in your grill, lightly brush off any debris. Then take a small drill bit and poke through each individual hole surrounding the burner to be sure that the holes are clear and uniform in size. Lightly tap the bottom of the burner to remove any debris that may be stuck inside the burner. If the holes have begun to merge together, it's time to replace your burner.
If you have a prosear burner in your grill, do not use a brush on this burner as you may cause damage to it. Remove the wire mesh screen on top of the burner and use a wet/dry vac to suck up any debris on the burner.
If your cooking grates have rust through the rods, it is recommended to replace the cooking grates as you never want to eat anything that has been exposed to rust. When your ceramic briquettes has begun to crumble, you should replace those that have crumbled. When your briquette trays have rust through or it is in pieces, it is time to replace them.
Another frequently replaced part is the ignition. A lot of times this part does not need to be replaced. If you have a rotary igniter and you hear a click, the spark generator still works.
If you have a battery operated ignition, be sure to change the battery as it often corrodes.
Look to be sure that the metal tip at the end of your ceramic electrodes are close enough to the burner holes to spark the ignition. Also be sure your igniter wires are intact. If the ceramic electrodes have cracked or the metal tip has broken off, those will need replacing.
OEM vs Aftermarket
Aftermarket or OEM Replacement Parts?
There are some aftermarket parts available for Lynx grills and can offer significant savings as replacing parts can add up quickly. The aftermarket parts include some ignition parts (rotary igniters), briquette trays, cast iron burners (a much lower cost option to the brass), brass burners, ceramic briquettes and cooking grates. You essentially cannot tell the difference between the OEM and aftermarket parts because they are exact fit. This means they are an exact copy of what was originally in your grill.
Those parts which do not have an aftermarket equivalent and you have to purchase OEM include the prosear burners, electrical igniter parts, infrared cooking grates, valves, manifolds, fireboxes, etc.
As you can see in the picture below, we took a picture of an OEM Lynx 42" Center Cooking Grate and placed it beside the aftermarket Cooking Grate. There is virtually no difference between the two grates except for the price. There is pretty substantial savings with the aftermarket.