How to Troubleshoot a Butane Lighter

lighterIf you are like me, your lighter is your best friend. You never leave home without her. However, there is nothing more disheartening than when a friend disappoints us. No, I am not talking about your midnight “booty call,” I am talking about your butane lighter- your fire-wielding friend that always seems to let you down at the most inopportune times. If you are like me and fed up with failing butane lighters, than listen up cause Ol’ Ash is here to save the day.

It is time to stop throwing out those oft-defunct lighters and start refurbishing them by following these sex simple steps.

  1. Review the instructions that came with your butane lighter. They often have troubleshooting tips. Referring to the instructions for your exact lighter model will give you the most specific and helpful advice.
  1. Turn the flame setting up or clean the burner if the butane lighter creates a spark but will not create a full flame. Move the flame adjuster toward the “+” sign to turn up the setting. If this does not work, the burner may be clogged; clean it with a blast of compressed air. If neither of these methods works, you may be low on butane or may have an air bubble in the lighter’s tank. The only way to definitively solve either problem is by emptying the lighter and refilling it with fresh butane.torch
  1. Refill the lighter if the flame grows without being adjusted, or if the flame gets very short. The butane lighter is low on fluid and needs a refill. Refill it according to the butane instructions.
  1. Replace the flint or return the lighter if the lighter will not spark. If you just purchased the butane lighter and it doesn’t work, return it to the store and ask for a replacement. If the lighter has a flint, the flint has run out and needs to be replaced. Replace it according to your lighter’s directions.
  1. Decrease the flame adjustment at higher altitudes and increase it at lower altitudes. A sporadic flame or inconsistent function may be due to altitude changes. It may take a few tries to determine the best setting for the altitude.
  1. Turn down the flame adjuster if the lighter makes a hissing sound. The flame setting may be too high. If the sound continues, the hissing noise means that the lighter is leaking. It will need to be fixed by a professional. Take it in for service before using it again.

Until next time brothers and sisters, and remember – Keep ‘em lit

Long Ashes to you

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