How to Troubleshoot Coleman Lanterns

How to Troubleshoot Coleman Lanterns
Coleman lanterns were designed for long-term use, and some models from the 1970s and even earlier are still used today. When you use one of these lanterns, you may experience some common or not so common problems that need troubleshooting. When this occurs there are simple things you can do to fix the lantern.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Check the pump plunger on the side of the lantern; if it isn't in the right spot, you won't be able to pump the lantern to turn it on. Give the air stem one screw to the left and turn the pump plunger once in a counter-clockwise direction.
Step 2
Remove the pump cup and pump plunger from the lantern and lather each one with an oil meant for leather. Both pieces must have some moisture to function properly and if either one is dried out, you'll have problems turning the lantern on and pumping gas into the light. Apply a thin coating of oil to the lantern and then put the pieces back in place.
Step 3
Look for signs that the lantern keeps burning after you've turned it off. Most lanterns burn for up to 2 minutes after turning them off, but if the lantern burns longer it indicates a problem with the assembly or the parts. If this occurs, call Coleman directly at (800) 835-3278. The company may need to replace some of the parts.
Step 4
Empty the fuel tank in the lantern and wash the inside of the tank out warm water. You should do this if you notice the lantern popping, because it indicates the buildup of moisture inside the tank. Dry the tank completely and replace the fuel with new fuel, because water will still be mixed with the old fuel.
Step 5
Replace the fuel with Coleman fuel if you notice the lantern isn't burning as brightly as it did before, or if you notice that the color of the lantern is darker. These problems usually indicate that the fuel you're using isn't the right mixture or that the tank is almost empty. Using a Coleman fuel can solve the problem.

Tips & Warnings

Call Coleman if you have any problems with your lantern. These lanterns come with a warranty that lasts a minimum of five years and many have a lifetime warranty that covers replacement parts.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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